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If you weren't there, well...you should have been there.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé's On The Run II Tour made it's only stop in Canada Tuesday night to Vancouver's BC Place and it was an experience attendees will never forget.
Georgia natives Chloe X Halle opened up the show with pure talent. The R&B duo entertained the early-goers with music from their album The Kids Are Alright and brought a distinct charm and sense of confidence that was truly unmatched. The sisters brought a fierce quality while delivering a 30-minute set that included spouts of encouragement to "follow your dreams" and live your life with "love and love only".
As more and more seats began to fill up within BC Place, the eager crowd of Jigga stans and Beyhive members patiently waited for the Carters to arrive. The crowd was left to wait patiently for an extended period of time, cheering heavily between every gap the DJ left in between tracks. And then the lights dropped.
The visuals for the second series of The On The Run Took took over the giant panels on stage and displayed images and scenes that told the story of the chaos, romance and love between the main attractions. The Queen Beyonce, alongside her husband Jay-Z, began to gracefully come down from a platform on stage holding hands as they made their way front and centre. This was just the beginning of two hours of entertainment, pure talent, and beautiful music.
The show began with "Holy Grail" followed up by "Summer", a song from the Carters 2018 release EVERYTHING IS LOVE. From that point on, the couple performed hit after hit, classic after classic and had the whole crowd singing along. "Naughty Girl", "Ni**as In Paris", "03 Bonnie and Clyde", "Formation", "Family Fued" - a perfect mix from the archieves of Jay, Bey as well as their most classic collaborative hits. HOV even wheeled it back, playing "Ni**as In Paris" twice and turning the entire venue upside down.
You should have been there.
The show was expertly put together from the live band that was propped up halfway to the ceiling to Beyoncé's dancers were likely some of the most confident, precise and fierce in the game. Only the best for Yoncé.
The power couple showed true artistry throughout the entire show. The amount of talent, classic material and stage presence the Carters possess with over two decades in the music industry is brilliant. Not one vocal from the performance was dubbed with audio. It was all raw. It was all skilled. Fans left the arena with their minds blown captivated by not only their performance but their overall music catalogue. Tuesday night was a damn entertaining night in the city of Vancouver.
You should have been there.