Birmingham Arena ★★★★☆
LADY GAGA brushed past a minor stage malfunction to wow fans as she kicked off the UK leg of her world tour.
Announcing her arrival by exclaiming ‘call me Joanne’ (the name of her aunt, and her latest album), she delved into her back catalogue during a show lasting more than two hours.
After two tracks from the new record kicked off proceedings, it was Poker Face that received the first deafening applause of the night. Bridge platforms — which doubled up as projectors — and various satellite stages allowed the singer to connect with her audience and make an arena affair feel intimate. But it took just six songs for the impressive set-up to go wrong, as a dance routine was stopped short when a rising platform jammed.
As the concert was being filmed, the hiccup resulted in the song Scheiße being performed twice — at least it wasn’t Gaga’s hip that broke this time.
The New Yorker — who pulled off ten quick-fire outfit changes during the show — was unfazed by the setback and got seated audience members on their feet with hits Paparazzi, Alejandro and Telephone.
She also showcased her versatility with a solo piano performance of The Edge Of Glory that proved a standout moment. An emotional speech followed as she sang Joanne — a tribute to her aunt, who died aged just 19 in 1974.
Million Reasons rounded out a show full of reasons to buy a ticket — brilliant musicianship, compassion and feelgood vibes.