On the 6th of June I went to Beyoncé and Jay Z’s opening OTR II (On The Road II) concert in the Cardiff Principality Stadium. The only time I’d ever been there before was to watch an international rugby match so this was completely different to what I normally expected, yet the buzz surrounding the event was very similar.
It was my first ever time seeing her live and she genuinely blew me away. Her energy throughout the performance was constantly at the highest level and you could see how much thought had gone into the production just by the quality and perfection of it all. The dance routines were flawless and the intimate imagery shown on the big screens were nothing less than beautiful.
It’s by far the biggest event I’ve ever been to, with regards to who I was seeing and also the scale of the show. It was obvious that there had been much money put into making the show a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and as someone who paid quite a bit of money to be there, I truly appreciated that. There’s nothing worse than turning up to a concert and feeling like the act just doesn’t want to be there, it ruins the mood for everyone.
But if I’m being honest, I wasn’t surprised by Beyoncé’s performance. I saw what she did in Coachella and it was more than enough to persuade me to see her live for myself. Even watching through a screen you see how much hard work and dedication she puts in to her shows.
But saying this, it was Jay Z that really made the concert for me. I’ve never really listened to his music before, so to see him live and for him to be as good as he was, was great. I’ve always thought of him as “Beyoncé’s husband” and so completely forgot that he’s been putting on these shows longer than her. He was insane and definitely held his own against his icon of a wife.
Throughout this amazing performance, they managed to get a number of messages across to the audience. They showed how important family is to them by including snapshots of their 3 children – Blue, Rumi and Sir – whilst also showing brief video clips of what looks like the couple renewing the vows. It was extremely touching and a wonderful way for them to connect on a deeper, personal level with the audience.
Aside for this, there were a number of political statements that I noticed too. At one point, Jay Z was wearing a bomber jacket with what looked like a black panther on the back. This could relate to the political movement, the Marvel films that did millions for the representation of African-Americans, or also a carry-on from it’s appearance in Beyoncé’s Coachella performance. They also kept the word FEMINIST in the show which is part of Beyoncé’s song Formation. It’s not like Beyoncé to shy away from making a political statement whilst performing as she’s has been performing in front of the word since 2014.
As someone who enjoys their music but isn’t a hardcore fan, I would absolutely go and watch them again. When I came out I realised that what I had just experienced may well be a one-in-a-lifetime experience for me. It was everything I expected from both of them and the quality of every single detail was amazing.
It’s hard to believe that these two have had some rough recently, but they are clearly happier than ever and the happiness that they show is obviously as real as it gets. I’ve heard people shaming them, that we shouldn’t be applauding the show after how Jay-Z apparently treated their relationship. But at the end of the day, if they’ve worked through it, then we should be supporting them. Onwards and upwards I say!
They truly are the power couple that everyone thinks they are.
So, to finish off this post I just wanted to let you know that Beyoncé and Jay Z’s newest album is available on Spotify and iTunes. It’s some of the first music that they’ve released to streaming services for a while now.
All you have to do to listen is to search for the artist “The Carters” and that’s where you will find “Everything is Love”.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
Lots of love X