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Justin Bieber returns to LI after tween riot

Justin Bieber visits the Nintendo World Store in

Justin Bieber visits the Nintendo World Store in Manhattan. (Sept. 1, 2009) Credit: Getty

Bieber Fever is coming back to Long Island.

Justin Bieber, the Canadian tween heartthrob who caused a near-riot last month at Roosevelt Field mall, will co-headline a music festival for kids at the Nassau Coliseum in February.

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The Pop-Con, co-headlined by Disney star Selena Gomez, pulls into Uniondale on Feb. 20.

Two stages will set up for the day, which will include performances by local pop band Push Play; pop-punkers Mercy Mercedes; Brooklyn indie girls Care Bears on Fire; Nat and Alex Wolff, formerly known as the Naked Brothers Band; and more to be announced later.

It's billed as "an all-day pop culture experience for tweens" in a statement from the promoter, a kind of Lollipop-alooza.

There will be gaming stations and a "culture mall" with independent fashion companies in attendance. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the show will be over by 9 that night.

Pop-Con's star, Bieber, never made it to his last Island date.

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The 15-year-old was scheduled to sign copies of his debut album, "My World," on Nov. 20 at the tween clothing store Justice in the Roosevelt Field Mall, but when a crowd of about 3,000 young girls and their parents started pushing and shoving, Nassau County police shut down the event.

Five people were taken to hospitals for minor injuries, and police arrested James A. Roppo, a senior vice president from Island Def Jam Records, Bieber's label.

"It was so crazy that I couldn't get to even come in the building," the singer told a local radio station the night of the ruckus. "They [the authorities] basically threatened to put me in cuffs and send me away to jail."

Pop-Con's co-headliner, Gomez, hasn't caused any riots, but she did get her show-biz start on "Barney and Friends."

The 17-year-old star of Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place" recently put out "Kiss & Tell," her first album with her band, The Scene.

If you want to make the scene Feb. 20, tickets ($48.50-$88.50; VIP goes up to $750) go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through,, and by calling 800-745-3000.

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