Wednesday 17 October 2018

Just like Vegas on the Liffey as Beyonce comes to town

Beyonce
Beyonce
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

TEN years ago, Q magazine put Beyonce on the cover with the headline 'The Ass That Shook The World.' Last night at the 02, the globe-wobbling booty returned to shake Ireland to its foundations.

Beyonce gave an entrancing two-hour performance of Hollywood-like glamour and glitz, combined with street-edge r'n'b and sassy soul swagger. In a series of fetching and yet more revealing frocks and rigouts, she entranced the crowd at the O2.

She flew in on Alan Sugar's private plane from England. Rumours abounded that the superstar was either flying out after the show to her secret base in an English mansion, returning to Dublin today for tonight's sold-out show – or maybe she would be partying with VBFs Bono and Ali.

Whatever the truth in that, her show last night had 12,000 revellers up on their feet and dancing to Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) and Crazy In Love – songs that defined an era as much as they defined how the audience danced in the aisles in Dublin.

At 9.25pm, to a deafening shriek from the mostly female crowd, Beyonce came onstage with a video backdrop of her as a white-faced queen in 18th-century France to the femi-soul of Run The World (Girls). "Dublin! Lets go!" she cried. And Dublin didn't disappoint.

Thereafter Beyonce gave us everyone from boisterous hip hop to soul oomph – and as many schmaltzy female empowerment ballads as you could fit in one arena. It is easy to see why Michelle Obama called Beyonce a role model for young women. The show is risque and sexy albeit in a grandiloquent way.

Beyonce brought a little bit of Las Vegas (and Jay Z) to Dublin. Amid the breathless costume changes, the eight female dancers engaging with video screens, the dry ice, the strobes, the fireworks, the 11-piece all-female band and the razzamatazz, Beyonce as performer is the most important part. The songs are great and she's got a voice to match.

The girl had the crowd in thrall. "We're going to have fun tonight!" she ordered us. "Dublin, I'm so happy to be back!"

Girl, the feeling's mutual.

Irish Independent

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