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Beyonce

Beyonce

Posted: 18 Jul 2016

28 June


Kicking off the European leg of her world ‘Formation’ tour at the Stadium of Light, Beyonce focused on the more mature, lyrically challenging material from her current album ‘Lemonade’ than the hits that led her to be crowned ‘Queen Bey.’

The old favourites were still there but even the biggest of them – the stellar single ‘Crazy in Love’ – was wrapped up as part of a medley towards the end of a two-hour plus concert that never let up.

With over 50,000 tickets sold and touts doing business outside some wondered why the stage was further forward than for other big shows at the same venue such as One Direction, Rihanna or Take That. 

The answer became apparent as the performance began. Dominating the stage, what had appeared to be a gigantic video screen turned out to be just that, but a revolving one. Each of the four sides gave the display an IMAX quality – and that was before the American superstar even came on stage. 

When she did arrive, Beyonce appeared alongside a 14-strong team of elegantly athletic female dancers. Beyond doubt, Beyonce was the star player on this team but equally undoubtedly she was part of the team. Part of the Formation, Beyonce’s choreography matched the lyrical messages of staying strong by working together. 

This was more than the sugarpop I’d expected. There’s a serious artist here and she’s at the top of her game.


Rob Mason  

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