If there aren’t lasers shooting into the sky, more costume changes than you can possibly count and a ridiculous amount of energy on stage, then it isn’t a Lady Gaga concert.
Luckily, all of these were on show at Gaga’s artRAVE spectacular at the Meydan Racecourse.
Performing outside and giving all she got, ‘Gagaloo’ held up remarkably well in the heat and although much of the crowd wasn’t always raving as Gaga would probably have liked, given the circumstances it was understandable.
The pyro-party ensured that, although in some parts of the venue the sound quality could certainly have been better, the all round-performance was very enjoyable. Some paying customers were positioned some distance from the stage, even though there was plenty of room on the main strip, but when the lights and tunes started up gripes were soon forgotten.
The first five songs were taken from her latest ARTPOP album, and although 'G.U.Y.' went down very well, it was more the effort put in by Gaga and the general buzz of excitement that kept the crowd captivated.
In all reality, the majority of the crowd were waiting to hear her more recognisable hits from her debut album The Fame, highlighted by the fact that one of the loudest cheers of the night came when she kicked off her original hits with 'Just Dance'.
The outfit of the evening came during the hit 'Papparazzi', with an overcoat that could best be described as a mixture of both dalmatian and octopus. This kick-started a series of her most-recognised hits, including 'Poker Face', 'Born This Way' and 'Bad Romance', which all, as expected, were crowd-pleasers.
She ended with more hits from her latest album and rapturous ‘Applause’ from the crowd – always a god sign.
All in all a very good effort from the Fame Monster as the anticipated glitz, glam and all round randomness were all evident. Her connection with the crowd was also on show as she spoke of love and harmony throughout the world.