Review: Miley Cyrus came into Belfast like a Wrecking Ball

Miley Cyrus performs in Belfast on her Bangerz tour. Pic by Dean Irvine

Miley Cyrus performs in Belfast on her Bangerz tour. Pic by Dean Irvine

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Miley Cyrus slid onto the stage via a massive plastic tongue in the first of many skimpy leotard outfits that facilitated an excessive degree of crotch-grabbing - even by the late Michael Jackson’s standards.

The 21-year-old daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and godchild of Dolly Parton can really sing and has superstar charisma, which is why the cavorting - at one moment on the bonnet of a car in an skimpy catsuit made from dollar bills that was virtually crotchless, Miley moving like a twerking stripper in a nightclub - makes for such a disappointing and aggressive distraction from the music.

Miley Cyrus performing during her Bangerz Tour
Miley Cyrus performing during her Bangerz Tour

Which is not to say the Bangerz Tour Belfast show at a balloon-filled Odyssey Arena did not have innumerable high points and a sense of trippy madness that saw the stage peopled with giant furry animals, dancers of all shapes and sizes shaking their booty in red lycra and frills, a huge gingham patterned hen, a large constructed husky, visuals of Miley’s face undergoing strange contortions, and a sort of Sesame-Street style orange character that itself seemed bemused by the surrounding mix of cartoonish glee and sexual excess. And at one point the popstar sat astride a giant hotdog that moved ever higher into the air, like a scene from some acid-induced dream.

 

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