Following the release of her sixth studio album ‘Lemonade’, Beyoncé launched ‘The Formation World Tour’, a visually dramatic, explosive show of full of pyrotechnics, dancers, acrobats and a treadmill runway; because this woman doesn’t do things by halves. The tour started back in April in Miami and will conclude in October in Nashville, but last week saw the start of the UK and Ireland leg of the tour, featuring two sold-out nights at London’s 70,000 capacity Wembley Stadium. You have to see it to believe it.
The singer opened with ‘Formation’ as a fierce squad of backing dancers lined up behind her.
The setlist was dominated by tracks from recent release ‘Lemonade’ and 2014’s eponymous album, ‘Beyoncé’.
Beyoncé told the crowd that the tour was inspired by her first ever concert, a performance by the legendary Michael Jackson.
The show was super impressive and a visual treat, featuring acrobatic performers and a paddling pool of water, with production design by Es Devlin who has worked with Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Muse, as well as designing the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony.
Beyoncé began her rendition 2003’s ‘Crazy In Love’ in the sultry style of the 2015 ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ inspired re-release, before moving seamlessly into the original.
The singer performed a cover of ‘The Beautiful Ones’ in tribute to the late pop icon Prince.
For the ‘Diva’ dance break, the ‘Irreplaceable’ singer showed her appreciation for the UK grime scene by playing Skepta and JME’s ‘That’s Not Me’.
During a killer ‘Run The World (Girls)’, the musician took a break from singing to lead her crew of backup dancers.
When performing ‘Sorry’, the stand-out track from ‘Lemonade’, the artist paused knowingly after the much-discussed line “Becky with the good hair”.
Before closing the set, she smashed it with a three-track sequence of ‘Freedom’, ‘Survivor’ and ‘End Of Time’.
The artist concluded with an emotional rendition of ‘Halo’, forcing the stadium of fans to sing along in unison.
Beyoncé will continue her UK and Ireland leg of ‘The Formation World Tour’ this week, with shows in Manchester (July 5), Glasgow (July 7) and Dublin (July 9).