A spectacular show that lived up to the billing...

As the lights dim, a wave of shrill screams echoed throughout the sold out O2 Arena. The opening line of her Sweetener intro track 'Raindrops (An Angel Cried)', was executed subtly but with extreme power and directed the audience into further excitement and hysteria.

Then, from the ground emerges Ariana Grande laying across a last supper table with her apparent disciples surrounding her as she serenades the crowd with ‘God Is A Woman’. Letting out her iconic whistle note within the first five minutes of her set, the crowd was already seemingly impressed with the vocal range that had been exhumed in this short amount of time.

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During performances, her dancers and props continuously rose from the ground giving the element of surprise. With props ranging from a pink cadillac - taken from the ‘7 Rings’ music video, as well as a giant orb descending to represent the moon and various other planets for the song ‘NASA’, the production of this show was of a very high quality.

A highlight was definitely a short rendition of ‘The Light Is Coming’ accompanied with a handheld camera possessed by Ariana fed into the big screens which emitted a very intimate but also exposed feel.

During costume changes, interludes were played including a cover of Marilyn Monroe’s ‘My Heart Belongs To Daddy’ as well as a young Ariana reciting dialogue from the movie Bruce Almighty. Further into the night, she welcomed opening act Social House back on to the stage to perform their new single 'Boyfriend' which honestly... didn’t have the best vocal performance from the featured artists.

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Towards the end, she thanked the crowd wholeheartedly for three sold out nights and ensured to reiterate for everyone to get home safe. Ending with ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ with an encore of ‘thank u, next’, fans clearly didn’t want the night to end.

Due to return in October for another two dates that are almost sold out, Clash expects that this spectacular artist will once again put on an outstanding show for her Arianators with a possible few new singles.

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Words: Debbie Ijaduola

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