Beyoncé carried out an unique, invite-only live performance in Dubai within the United Arab Emirates, on Jan. 21 as a part of the launch of recent luxurious resort Atlantis the Royal. The invitees to the lavish-sounding weekend included journalists, celebrities, and influencers, as Pitchfork famous.
Backed by an orchestra, band, and dancers, as The Hollywood Reporter studies, the set spanned fan-favorite hits alongside tracks she hasn’t carried out shortly, together with “Stunning Liar” and “Flaws and All.” She additionally didn’t carry out any new music from her lauded Renaissance LP, which arrived in July 2022.
Attendees had been reportedly requested to position their telephones in locked zip baggage to stop any recordings from leaking, however regardless of the precautions, video from the occasion nonetheless surfaced and trended on social media.
To open the set, which launched with fireworks, Beyoncé coated Etta James’ rendition of “At Final.” The viewers was handled to classics similar to “XO,” “Halo,” “Freedom,” “Loopy in Love,” and “Countdown” as leaked fan movies from the occasion showcase. She additionally carried out songs from The Lion King: The Present, together with “Larger” and she or he was joined by her daughter Blue Ivy for “Brown Pores and skin Lady.”
Beyoncé’s look in Dubai marked her first full live performance since 2018 (she carried out two songs throughout a tribute for Kobe and Gianna Bryant in 2020, and likewise appeared eventually 12 months’s Oscars to carry out “Be Alive” from King Richard). The pop star has not but formally introduced a tour in assist of Renaissance, however final October, tickets to her unannounced Renaissance live shows in summer season of 2023 had been auctioned throughout a charity gala.
The United Arab Emirates has been beneath scrutiny over its poor human rights information, the place homosexuality is against the law. In 2019, the 1975’s Matt Healy kissed a male fan onstage whereas performing in Dubai in protest of the anti-LGBTQ legal guidelines.