Review Grace Jones
Emma LeeHave you met Miss Jones? If you ever get the chance to see her perform live do, it's sure to be an unforgettable experience.Emma Lee
Obelisk Arena, Saturday
Have you met Miss Jones? If you ever get the chance to see her perform live do, it's sure to be an unforgettable experience. Those hardy enough to brave an unexpected downpour in the open air Obelisk Arena on Saturday night witnessed the sort of show that has you talking for days. Latitude bills itself as more than just a music festival, and Grace Jones certainly delivered on that front. She's more than just a pop star, she's a work of art.
I don't think I've ever seen a show with so many costume changes. Each track had its own special head-dress - pretenders like Lady Gaga could certainly learn a thing or two about showmanship from her.
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Jones is a completely beguling performer - from her frankly bizarre stage banter: "Am I on the moon?" she asked at one point - to her fashion choices - a woman half her age wouldn't dare wear a leotard as revealing as that, especially in public. One track was dedicated to Michael Jackson, who she said she shared common ground with having both had strict religious upbringings, while her 80s electropop hit Pull Up To The Bumper was accompanied by a rather risque dance routine. She's such a chamelon - one minute she's a gospel singer, the next she's a disco diva.
And strip back the theatrics, and there's that powerhouse of a voice. The records just don't do it justice - she's possibly the finest soul voice of her generation.
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Other highlights of the set included a cover version of Roxy Music's Love is the Drug and the finale, Slave to the Rhythm, which was performed from under a glittery tiger mask, and accompanied by some very accomplished hula hooping. Why, who knows? But who cares.