When you’re royalty, it’s fashionable to make your subjects wait.
President Barack Obama is notoriously tardy, and now we find out that Queen Bey, aka Beyoncé, who is normally used to being worshiped and adored, left thousands of very unhappy British peons waiting for her in the rain this past weekend.
The diva/songstress headlining at Britain’s Virgin Media’s V Festival, held at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, England, apparently had zero guilt about letting her fans stand in a wet, windy downpour. Some reports say it was an hour, others say 20 minutes.
Not for nothing, but people should give the girl a break! Now that her hair is cut, maybe Mrs. Carter was backstage making sure that nothing else jutting off of her person would get caught in a stage fan like her hair extensions recently did during a concert in Montreal, Canada.
Whatever the reason for the delay, in the eyes of the audience, apparently the Halo singer’s halo is no longer there, because when her Highness finally arrived she was greeted with a deluge of heckling and hissing.
Belated Beyoncé, who behaves as if she “runs the world,” ignored the negativity and went on with the second of her two European shows scheduled for this year. Queen Bey began her 17-track set with Run the World (Girls).
“Boo-yoncé,” as some were calling her, did eventually thank fans for enduring the wet conditions and told the disgusted crowd, “Thank you all so much for waiting in the rain… Now let’s have some fun in the rain. It feels good doesn’t it?”
Unfortunately, rain or no rain, after the show got underway damp conditions and tardiness weren’t Beyoncé’s only issues. According to one concert goer, “The sound was so terrible people were just walking away halfway through her set.” Adding insult to the whole fiasco, Boo, er, I mean Bey also repeatedly “stopped her performance for extended breaks and video intervals.”
UK music publication New Musical Express (NME) also reported:
Highlights of the set, which featured seven costume changes, arty video interludes and saw the singer debut a new blonde bob haircut, had been expected to be shown last night as part of the channel’s V Festival coverage. However, presenters Edith Bowman and Steve Jones indicated on air that Beyonce had declined them clearance to show her headline set.
In the end, half the crowd left, and unlike devotees in Houston whom the diva commanded to “bow down,” many ex-Beyoncé fans will likely demand their soggy money back.
Nonetheless, the self-worshiping superstar did think to remind her waterlogged audience why standing in the rain is worth it, and that’s because “When people ask you in 20 years, you’ll be able to say ‘I was at V Festival and I saw that Bee-Yon-Cee.'” Yippee!
Concluding the rousing night of Bey fun and frolic, and before dragging the concert proceeds away to stash in the luggage compartment of the luxury Winnebago she’s staying in with billionaire hubby Jay Z, Beyoncé expressed gratitude to those who endured to the end by thanking them for being “the most important part of the evening and a constant inspiration[.]”