Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Rihanna smashes London

hero-2.jpg
hero-1.jpg
hero-4.jpg
hero-3.jpg

Kentish Town Forum oozed excitement last night (19 November) as teen fans and fashion greats united to see popdom's most precocious star strut her stuff on the London leg of her much-touted 777 tour.

Over in the VIP box, Stella McCartney rubbed shoulders with Pixie Lott, Chloe Grace Moretz and showbiz veteran Kylie Minogue. It says something when someone with three decades in the business turns out to see you.

Even the accessories within the 2,500-strong crowd were suitably bling and eye-catching, in homage to the night's big name: stud detail and leopard print vied for attention next to killer heels and vampish belts.

Rihanna herself was late and loud: just as fans in the HTC-sponsored gig were starting to get a bit restless and the beer flowed just a bit too easily, she stormed on-stage - shades and post box red lippie to the fore.

It's hard to know where previous rumours of Rihanna being exhausted came from: for someone who's spent the past six days jumping between planes and hotel rooms, her energy levels were impressive, alarming even.

Belting out a string of hits including Umbrella, Diamonds and Only Girl, she pouted, shimmied and rocked it in the way only Rihanna can.

Gyrating around the stage in a leopard print conical bra (what else?), she combined verve with powerhouse vocals in the hour-long show - to celebrate the release of her seventh album, Unapologetic - and her enthusiasm was infectious.

"You guys are definitely something exciting because I think me and all of my 777 crew have been waiting to get here," she yelled to the (adoring) crowd.

Even the bit where she stopped midday through Where Have You Been to complain to the engineers about the backing track was all part of her trademark theatrics (or, as she put it - the "b******* of a rock 'n' roll tour").

With pace and energy and sheer sex appeal at full throttle, the Rihanna effect was in full flow.

At the end of an epic night, Ri-Ri wrapped up with a storming performance of We Found Love and left the crowd yelling for more.

"Need to catch me some shut eye.. Gym in the morning. Night beautiful beasties xxx" she later tweeted. At last she sleeps...

Pictures: Rex Features

Gig sponspored by HTC

Last night (19 November) Rihanna also gave away one of seven limited edition HTC One X+ devices to one lucky fan in the crowd, allowing them to experience top-quality audio on a phone that’s completely unique to them

Related

main-use.jpg

The world's most erotic food

hero-use-this.jpg

20 ways to eat like an Italian woman

jane-xx.jpg

Relationships: what the stars say

Comments

More

“A genuine, heartfelt thank you”: Miranda Hart pens letter to Team GB

“Most of us were watching sports we have NO IDEA about! All we knew was we really cared.” by Moya Crockett

24 Aug 2016

“I have done things that I regret”: Courteney Cox on sexism and ageing

Courteney Cox has spoken out against the sexist double standards of ageing by Kayleigh Dray

24 Aug 2016

“I didn’t have a perfect rape”: Amy Schumer recalls sex assault

“My virginity was taken from me” by Anya Meyerowitz

24 Aug 2016

This week's best A-list Instagrams

Beyoncé suits up while Selma Blair gets back to nature by Nicola Colyer

24 Aug 2016

Watch the magical trailer for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s new film

Spoiler: Emma Stone can SING. by Moya Crockett

24 Aug 2016

“Why our stale working culture feeds a gaping gender pay gap"

No flexibility, no part-time: our model of work is still based on the assumption of the male breadwinner

24 Aug 2016

Watch: sneak peek at James Corden and Britney Spears’ Carpool Karaoke

Are you ready to watch Britney and James Corden rock out to Toxic? by Kayleigh Dray

24 Aug 2016

Model Tess Holliday slams Facebook for body shaming

"Would this be happening to me if i wasn’t plus sized?" by Sarah Biddlecombe

23 Aug 2016

Watch Helen Mirren shut down Parkinson in sexist 1975 interview

“How dare you?” by Sarah Biddlecombe

23 Aug 2016

Jools and Jamie Oliver reveal baby boy’s nature-inspired name

The TV chef and his wife shared the name of their fifth child on Instagram by Kayleigh Dray

23 Aug 2016