Posted Tue 28 Jun 2011 11:43 BST by Julia White inGig Reviews
Beyonce rocked Glastonbury at the weekend but saved a little hair whipping and bottom shaking for a select few in London last night.
Riding the wave of her muddy festival dream-come-true elation, the US pop queen gave an earth-shattering performance at a secret gig at Shepherd's Bush Empire.
In front of her true fans (and a bunch of A-listers including Jessie J, Adele, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tinie Tempah, Alexandra Burke, Alexis Jordan and hubby Jay-Z) she owned the stage - and had the mesmerized crowd bopping, swaying and crying... sometimes all at the same time.
The former Destiny's Child songstress cleverly released her brand new album ‘4' the morning after the Glastonbury night before.
After a lengthy wait, which made the crowd even crazier once she hit the stage, she kicked off the exclusive set with the first single ‘Run The World (Girls)'.
Dressed in a yellow tasseled dress, with her curly mane blowing in the wind machine, the 29-year-old showed no signs of a festival hangover as she bumped and grinded her way across the stage.
Beyonce continued to plug the new album early on, belting out second single (and arguably the best of the bunch) ‘Best Thing I Never Had', ‘1+1' and (at the crowd's screaming request) ‘End of Time'.
But she didn't just stick to the new stuff, and drew a collective intake of breath from the audience as she tried her hand at Queen's ‘Bohemian Rhapsody' (pulling it off with aplomb), Prince's ‘The Beautiful Ones' and repeated Sunday night's rendition of Kings Of Leon's ‘Sex On Fire'.
And as she asked the crowd to pick which song would come next, she belted out ‘Listen', ‘Single Ladies' (which had the whole venue waving their left hand) and ‘Halo', which saw her climb down to crowd level as the lights gave the room an ethereal glow.
A visibly sweating ‘B' held nothing back and at one point even joked that the crowd were ‘crazy' when they begged her for the towel she dabbed her face with as a souvenir.
Most tellingly of all, she barely lost her beaming grin throughout. We were having a whale of a time and so - it seems - was she.