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Beyonce sends 75,000 fans wild at Croke Park

By Melanie Finn

All hail Queen Beyonce.

She stormed Croke Park on Saturday night to show why she’s ‘Irreplaceable’ on the world music stage.

The American superstar brought her Formation world tour to Dublin and wowed the 75,000 members of her ‘Bey-hive’ during an energetic, two-hour long spectacle.

Fans at the sell-out gig were promised a jaw-dropping performance — and the former Destiny’s Child star did not disappoint.

The Bootylicious star opened her concert at 8.45pm to the mainly-female audience with the title track of her tour, before moving swiftly on to a string of songs from her critically-acclaimed album Lemonade.

The 34-year-old star was accompanied by a giant, revolving screen and an impressive array of fireworks and pyrotechnics.

She strutted her stuff on a lengthy walkway deep into the cheering crowd, in a dazzling array of skimpy, Swarovski-covered ensembles customised for her tour by Welshman Julien McDonald. 

She told her Irish fans her Irish fans they were always “the loudest crowd in the world.”

“I’ve had some of the best shows of my career in Dublin, Ireland. I want to thank you guys for your loyalty over the years — it’s been 19 years,” she said.

She got the crowd on their feet with hits like Baby Boy and All Night as well as Diva, Drunk in Love and Partition. But she ditched the stage tricks for an a cappella version of Love on Top.

Tribute was paid to the late star Prince with a moving rendition of The Beautiful Ones and Purple Rain before she moved on to one of her biggest hits Crazy In Love.

For the final part of the show, she blasted out an emotional version of Blue, the song she wrote for her little girl with hubbie Jay Z as well as a hark back to her Destiny’s Child days with Survivor.  

The curtain came down with crowd-pleaser Halo, before she finished with Schoolin’ Life — and one very satisfied crowd.

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