A glimpse into the first night of Beyonce’s UK tour, featuring 9 outfit changes, 36 songs and a secret body double
IF North Korea drilled pop superstars it would look like this. Wow.
So it’s not surprising that the whole city came to a standstill when Beyoncé arrived in Cardiff to launch her UK shows last night.
The US icon brought her Renaissance world tour to the UK and she didn’t disappoint as she performed a selection of greatest hits in a set spanning nearly 40 songs.
And viewers should rightly pause and pay attention – this stage show is like watching a flawless military exercise. . . in miniskirts.
In a sparkling silver ball gown, Bey stormed onto the stage at the city’s Principality Stadium with a powerful performance of “Dangerously In Love” – before switching the tone to the beautifully soulful “Flaws And All,” during which she looked visibly moved.
In a split show, she alternated between performances, with a second act of happy bangers getting audiences on their feet for nine costume changes, and the singer was backed by a triumphantly powerful band of musicians capable of evoking pop, soul, blues and more.
Outfits included an Alexander McQueen bodysuit, a dazzling mini dress with knee-high boots, and a tailored Loewe bodysuit with black gloved arms wrapped around her.
Their legion of perfectly organized dancers never missed a beat and marched tirelessly to the beat of their leader.
But it was hard not to be drawn in by the overwhelmingly large autocue in the middle of the venue, which seemed to act as a safety net in case the megastar lost his place in the lengthy setlist.
She then performed Drunk In Love on a disco ball and flanked by state-of-the-art screens showing specially filmed images.
She took the opportunity to address fans who had complained that she wasn’t releasing videos for her album Renaissance, even though the album was released ten months ago.
As she changed costumes, an off-screen voice said, “You asked for the pictures, you called for the Queen. But the queen moves at her own pace.”
And I’m told she spent a fortune on the ambitious and groundbreaking show – rehearsing for hours behind closed doors to ensure dramatic perfection.
As the show nears its climax, the choreography stretches deep into the stadium and the superstar ringmaster ensures the attention of 65,000 fans.
This includes an amazing sequence in which Beyonce rides a six-wheeled moon buggy into the heart of the venue and performs a raunchy dance around a steel pole.
Between segments, images of the half-dressed superstar adorn a massive stage backdrop – with Bey appearing in a new outfit each time to dramatic effect.
This show is as much about fashion and visuals as it is about songs and sound.
And as the finale unfolds, it couldn’t be clearer – a superstar is in town and the details don’t matter.
Swift wardrobe changes, interspersed medleys of well-known songs, and dozens of beautifully choreographed dancers make this a truly mesmerizing experience.
To be honest, I had no idea I was a fan. . . until now.
Beyonce at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff