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Latitude 2018: Solange lights up the stage at Latitude

PUBLISHED: 22:49 13 July 2018

Solange Knowles. Photo: Anthony Devlin / PA

Solange Knowles. Photo: Anthony Devlin / PA

Anthony Devlin / PA

Latitude’s Friday night headliner Solange took to the stage for a soulful set to start the weekend.

Arriving on the stage to the sounds of sirens, Solange performed songs from her 2016 album A Seat at the Table, which won a Grammy for the single Cranes in the Sky. The album is full of social and political messages and was released at a pivotal time in American political history (although she has since said this was unplanned).

Solange, like her sister Beyoncé, is a voice for black empowerment and her lyrics speak of feminism, racial injustice, personal identity and self-love through tracks like F.U.B.U and Don’t Touch My Hair. Her set was incredibly topical, especially during a week when Trump is visiting the UK.

The stage was set with a huge inflatable balloon and two pyramids which were lit up in bright colours throughout the performance. Solange often describes herself as a performance artist,as well as a singer songwriter, and you could see the theatrical elements and clever choreography play out through her set.

All the while the crowd swayed along, cheering during dance sections and clapping in time to the beat.

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