Stripped-back 90-minute show was Spears' first British gig for five years
Britney Spears attempted a British accent as she played her first UK show for five years at Apple Music Festival last night (September 27).
The show at London’s Roundhouse saw Spears drag a fan on stage for her song ‘Freakshow’. Doing her best London accent, Spears said: “Do you want to get naughty?” before dragging the fan around on all fours during the song from her 2007 album ‘Blackout’.
The 90-minute show was a stripped-back affair compared to Spears’ ‘Piece Of Me’ residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood hotel, but still saw lasers and multiple costume changes. Spears was clearly miming during some parts of the concert, which saw Spears wear butterfly wings for a piano-led version of ‘Baby One More Time’ and dress as a ringmaster for a section from her 2008 album ‘Circus’.
Spears’ last performance in Britain was during her 2011 arena tour for her album ‘Femme Fatale’. It was also the first full show for her album ‘Glory’, which matched the No 2 peak of four of her previous albums – the singer has yet to have a UK No 1 album.
Following gigs by the likes of Bastille, The 1975, Robbie Williams and Elton John, the remaining Apple Music Festival gigs are by Michael Buble tonight and Chance The Rapper on Friday.
Spears recently told NME that she considered quitting music to become a teacher, and that she had to learn to stop being “a people pleaser” after the first songs she was offered for ‘Glory’ weren’t good enough.