Gaga in Copenhagen
We report from the Born This Way Ball world tour as it hits Copenhagen.
The Born This Way Ball was Lady Gaga’s third concert tour and one of her most ambitious: 110 shows in total – dates in Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Latin America, South Africa and finishing in North America in January 2013.
It was Sunday 2 September 2012 when the juggernaut that is Lady Gaga hit Copenhagen – Denmark’s capital of cool. Never known as the most ebullient of people, I was interested to see what locals were expecting to see from one of the world’s most influential and controversial celebrities, so I spoke to a couple of locals in advance of the concert.
For Andreas, a finance director in his late 20s, Lady Gaga is important because:
‘[She] is changing the whole music industry with her lyrics, music videos, opinions and the way she interacts with her fans. She is the story of the ugly duckling, who became a dirty swan.
‘I think a lot of people can relate to that it’s ok to be who you are and that being an artist is not all about always looking picture perfect. When she dresses up and acts a bit freaky, she makes people around feel more normal, and I guess us fans like that.
‘Also, she’s an amazing live performer – I’ve got a stalls ticket so I can get really close and dance. Should be a great concert!’
Also looking forward to the concert is mid-20s government auditor Nikolaj:
‘I like Gaga’s songs and that she encourages people to accept each other. I think that it is a good message to send to people around the world – and I like that she provokes everyone a bit. Plus the concert will be a big party!’
Lady Gaga described the Born This Way Ball as an ‘electro-metal pop-opera’ – the performance was divided into five acts and focused on political and social themes such as discrimination, self-love and government control.
It was a dramatic and theatrical show – full of energy and delivering all of the hits that the excited crowd had hoped to experience. A memorable concert.