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Beyoncé: the London edit

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"Y'all ready to have a good night? Y'all ready to lose your cool? Y'all ready to have fun?"

So began the biggest pop extravaganza to hit London so far this year: aka The Mrs Carter Show World Tour show at the 02 arena.

The London leg of Beyoncé's much-touted tour went off to typical pomp and theatrics. With the stadium packed to the rafters and 20,000 fans watching on, she laid on the works with hi-tech pyrotechnics, powerhouse vocals, some dizzyingly complicated dance moves and over eight costume changes.

Beyoncé need only turn up to make her legions of loyal followers roar with approval, but she really worked hard for the privilege.

"Hello London it's good to be here!" she yelled, appearing amid a backdrop of gold and silver firework fireworks, before paying tribute to her fans "for building me up, despite my imperfections."

Straight off, she got the crowd in on her act, belting out If I Were A Boy (dressed in a black sequinned cape and leotard) and getting everyone to join in with the lyrics.

The dance routines were satisfyingly fun and provocative, with Beyoncé backed up by a fleet of her "sexy lady" dancers who could bust a move every inch as energetically as the lady herself.

"Women can manipulate... harness the power of your body," came her voiceover, as she launched into a brilliantly executed version of Naughty Girl.

People expect drama from a Beyoncé show and she didn't disappoint, delivering fireworks at every turn - both real and metaphorical.

Even when she was off doing costume changes, a series of blaring video montages that jumped through time (from Marie Antoinette-style wigs and corsets to 60s Warhol-esque pop art) ensured she was present in some form.

The side acts were also great, from the nattily executed Les Twins act to a ballet sequence played out to Parisian-style 1920s show music. The lighting deserves a mention too, combining silhouettes with giant moons and a plethora of multi-coloured strobe lights.

One of the highlights came when Beyoncé sailed over the main audience to an island stage in the middle of the arena, dressed in a sequinned blue catsuit.

"This is my favourite part of the show," she said. "Because I get to be closer to all my fans. I see you all with your posters. I'm having a fantastic time. Are y'all having a good time?"

And then she was off again, launching into a high-energy rendition of Love On Top, before swinging back to the main stage to shake it on down in Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).

Seeing Beyoncé live, it really strikes you what a powerful and vivacious performer she is. It's not just hype: she really does have that voice and those dance moves and she never seems to run out of energy.

She came, she delivered and she left the audience shouting for more. A class act all round.

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