Jay Z and Timbaland kick off UK and Ireland tour in Manchester

The rapper and producer bring 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' to the city's Arena

Jay-Z kicked off the UK leg of his world tour last night (October 3) by playing songs from his recently-released ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ album.

Arriving on stage at the Manchester Arena shortly after 9pm, Carter opened the set with the first song from ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’, ‘Holy Grail’, followed closely by ‘Crown’, ‘Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit’, ‘Oceans’ and later ‘Picasso Baby’.

With superstar producer Timberland manning the FX board behind Carter, as the night went on a host of old classics were played, including ’99 Problems’, ‘Girls Girls Girls’ and the Jackson 5-sampling ‘Izzo (HOVA)’ alongside tracks from ‘Watch The Throne’ – his collaboration with Kanye West. Carter dedicated ‘Hard Knock Life’ to “anyone who, like me, has been through hard times in their life”, while, for fan favourite ‘Big Pimpin” he encouraged the crowd to undress and wave their tops in the air, as the rapper swung a Union Jack around his head.

The night came to a close with an emotional rendition of ‘Young Forever’. As the song finished, Carter asked the crowd “Manchester, can I take you home?”

The star was joined backstage by wife Beyoncé and daughter, Blue Ivy.

Jay-Z played:

‘Holy Grail’
‘Beach Is Better’
‘Somewhere in America’
‘U Don’t Know’
’99 Problems’
‘Where I’m From’
‘Empire State of Mind’
‘Run This Town’
‘Dead Presidents II’
‘Big Pimpin”
‘Pound Cake’ (Drake cover)
‘Who Gon Stop Me’
‘Big Pimpin”
‘Picasso Baby’
‘Public Service Announcement’
‘No Church in the Wild’
‘Niggas in Paris’
‘Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)’
‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’
‘I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)’
‘Tom Ford’
‘Izzo (HOVA)’
‘Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)’
‘Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)’
‘Young Forever’