On Monday night, a mere 24 hours after her triumphant Glastonbury performance, Beyonce took to the stage at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, for a secret gig to celebrate the release of her debut album ‘4’ (which was released the same day). But there were no signs of any Glasto hangover and the sultry singer put on a phenomenal pitch-perfect, vibrant energetic set.
After a slightly lengthy wait, which only got the crowd even more amped, the 29-year-old songstress came out in a yellow tasseled mini dress, accompanied with her trademark curly blond hair – which was theatrically blowing from the wind machine – and was greeted to a frenzied reception.
The multi-Grammy winner looked flawless and was evidently still buzzing from the previous night. “I’m still high from yesterday,” she told the crowd at the relatively intimate show and then thanked the audience for their continuous support over the past 15 years, before opening her exclusive set with latest single ‘Who Run The World (Girls)’.
The west London venue was full of some of the former Destiny’s Child stars biggest fans, as well as a number of A-list pals, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Adele, Jessie J (who arrived on crutches), Tinie Tempah, Alexandra Burke, Ed Sheeran, Fashion designers Stella McCartney and Tom Ford, mother Tina Knowles and Hubby Jay-Z, who all cheered on from the first floor balcony.
Beyonce continued her breathtaking set with new tracks ‘Best Thing I Never Had’, ‘1+1’ and ‘End Of Time’ from her fourth studio album. And unlike previous shows, there was no set-list and she even asked the crowd to help choose which songs should be sung next.
‘Irreplaceable’ was a general crowd pleaser and had the crowd loudly chanting “to the left, to the left”, whilst swaying their hands in unison. ‘Single Ladies’ was another fan favourite and had everyone two stepping.
The talented singer also did a medley of classic covers, which included a show-stopping rendition of Queen‘s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – a performance which showed just why Beyonce’s one of the best vocalists of our time. The ‘covers section’ also included Prince’s ‘The Beautiful Ones’ and Kings Of Leon’s ‘Sex On Fire’. The set was closed with a powerful version of ‘Halo’, which was a perfect encore to a (pitch) perfect show.
Accompanied by a full live band and backing dancers who were vibrant and lively, Beyonce gave a no holds barred energetic A+ performance. And despite dancing her heart out, her vocals didn’t glitch once. It’s clear to see just why this Independent Woman is one of the biggest stars of our generation.
Beyonce’s ‘4’ album is out now.