Grace Jones turns on the style

POP icon Grace Jones defied the rain to deliver a thrilling spectacle at the Latitude Festival last night.

Jonathan Barnes

POP icon Grace Jones defied the rain to deliver a thrilling spectacle at the Latitude Festival last night.

The veteran performer came on stage just as the weather turned but fans who braved the rain were treated to an eye-catching show.

She opened the set with a version of her 1981 hit Nightclubbing, appearing on a giant platform at the back of the stage.


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There was a costume change for virtually every song and Jones dominated the stage with her striking stagecraft, including a pole dance.

The set featured a stunning light show, which was the perfect accompaniment to the thudding beats and rhythms that veered from pop to reggae to rock.

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However, after starting late, Jones over-ran her time so her set was cut short by organisers - prompting the singer to show her anger with an expletive-fuelled outburst.

Earlier in the day, Doves had provided the soundtrack to the sun going down on a glorious early evening, with their heavyweight anthems Pounding, Black and White Town and There Goes The Fear.

The afternoon saw pop star Mika mark his return to live performances, with an acoustic set that drew a huge crowd.

The show featured typically flamboyant versions of his big hits Grace Kelly, Big Girl (You are Beautiful) and Love Today.

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