Rihanna Metro Radio Arena Concert Review - The Bauer Radio Network has yet again secured live broadcast rights for one of the UK’s most long-awaited tours. Last night was a treasure trove of bright lights, fantastic dancing, dramatic costumes and most of all, awe-inspiring vocals by the one and only Rihanna at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
The evening began with a set by Pixie Lott, whose enthusiasm and passionate vocals prepared the audience for the fantastic night ahead.
Beginning with Boys and the Girls and ending with What Would My Mamma Do, Pixie had the whole place on their feet.
The audience was then kept waiting for well over an hour, but just as the standing fans were beginning to grow restless, dark engulfed the arena and the huge screens onstage flickered to life.
Every member of the crowd was bewitched by a short, artistic film telling us that we were about to be taken into Rihanna’s dreams… and her nightmares!
Silence for a moment, and once everyone was leaning forwards in anticipation, the speakers crackled to life and Rihanna entered the stage on a raised platform in a dress lit up with blood red lights as she sung one of her more recent hits, Russian Roulette.
From that moment the arena became a part of a giant movie set, the perfect, eerie platform for Rihanna’s more recent, darker songs. With dancers dressed as monsters moving around the stage in stilts and the stage constantly being reinvented, from war scene to dark forest, the performance held a multitude of treats for the viewers.
Background graphics kept the attention of even the most distant members of the audience and the songs kept all on their feet, dancing as though the night was one huge party.
Rihanna soon moved onto her older singles, such as favourites Unfaithful and SOS, taking her fans back to her early beginnings as a 19-year-old girl from Barbados with a big dream. As the title film had explained, Rihanna’s dreams really do come true!
One would be forgiven for thinking such a huge production, with dancers swinging from the ceiling and pink tanks appearing from the side of the stage, would be lacking real power when it comes to vocals. With Rihanna, this was certainly not the case. Finishing with perhaps her greatest single yet, Umbrella, Rihanna finished last night in style. There were many costume changes, even more surprises; all together last night was an amazing experience!
Key 103, Rock FM, Radio City, Radio Aire, Hallam FM, Viking FM, Metro Radio, TFM, CFM, Cool FM, Clyde 1, Forth One, Borders, Westsound FM, West FM, Tay FM, Northsound 1 and MFR will all participate in the broadcast.
Information from chroniclelive.co.uk