- 31 Aug 19
Chris and her team of dancers truly gave it their all for the final show of their tour.
She may have pulled out of her RDS show at the last moment back in November, but Christine and the Queens made her return to Ireland with the sole intention of giving it her all on the Picnic Main Stage.
The French artist was rounding off her remarkable Chris tour, which has taken her across Europe and seen her widen her fanbase to a phenomenal degree.
She kicks off her set with 'Girlfriend'; already blinding her audience with her insane dance moves. She lays out her artist manifesto early on, proclaiming to the crowd that, "Shame is a waste of time, we should care about empathy and tenderness."
This is very much a performance art/dance set. So much of what makes Christine and the Queens unique is the chemistry she has with the five Vogue photo-shoot dancers on stage with her. Nowhere is this more apparent than on 'Tilted' - the lead song from her debut album which first gained Christine an international audience. She executes her routines with such precision that it's impossible to look away.
As soon as she works herself into this groove, she doesn't stop. Her energy is unlimited, her synchronicity is is never in doubt. She immerses herself in her lyrics and her moves during 'The Stranger', transforms during the brief snippet of 'Heartless', and becomes fully uninhibited during 'Damn (What Must A Woman Do)'.
Her dancers get their denouement with 'Doesn't Matter', a song which doubles as both a religious existential crisis and a veritable bop; while 'Saint Claude' showcases Christine's ability as a poetic singer-songwriter.
Before she finishes off her set, she capitalises on her moment and announces that she "likes bizarre. Bizarre is beautiful." It's a call out to her status as someone who is androgynous and pansexual, and paved the way for the danciest song she has in her arsenal, 'Intraquillite'.
After that, she calls her dancers on stage as she finishes her set, looking genuinely emotional as she bows out from what has been a monumental tour.