Mariah Carey LIve at the O2 Arena London

Mariah Carey Live at O2 Arena London

Imagery from Lee Blanchflower of Blanc Creative / 99PROBS / Splash News  

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Appearing in London for the first time in over 13 years, Mariah Carey admitted “I can be a little difficult,” while on stage during the last leg of her UK ‘Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour’ at the O2 Arena.  This certainly wasn’t evident as only 25 minutes late, she smoothly entered stage left relaxing on a velvet chaise longue carried by six, muscular, oiled dancers.

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

The global-superstar arrived in glamorous style, hopping on to a boat to cruise down the River Thames to the Greenwich-based arena marked the last of her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour on Wednesday evening in a flamboyant manner.

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Mariah took to the stage in an outfit resembling something worn at Big Weekend by Taylor Swift, with  obligatory heels and nude tights. Her show was watched by a huge packed on by her adoring fans and billionaire fiance James Packer and a number of celebrities including.

After a high pitched theatrical melody to open affairs and a huge fanbase, crazily running down the centre aisle as she opened her set, the precious momentum came to a halt as (it was reported) that Mariah Carey spent what proved to be almost an entire song changing into a succession of costumes that would have been better kept hidden in the wardrobe and replaced with her actually on stage singing. Instead, her band,gyn ripped dancers dancers and trio of backing vocalists were left to carry on without her.

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Photographers were banned from the pit for the performance, reduced to shooting the first two songs with long lenses the size of rocket launches, from the confines of the sound desk half way down the arena. Nonetheless, the lighting was white, bright and not bathed in the unusable reds and blues that many bands opt for these days. The staging could have been livelier, with a lack of screens and creativity that crowds have come to expect in 2016. It was a pretty minimal affair, but then again, the audience were there to hear  the piercing highs and rumbling lows.

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

Norwich Music Photography. Mariah Carey

All in all, Mariah Carey proved that she remains a Global Superstar, wowing the crowds after over a decade away from the UK and leaving some super positive memories on her final night on stage in the UK.

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