JUNGLE BOOGIE: Miley joins her neon zoo on stage at the First Direct Arena earlier this month

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ll be well aware of Miley Cyrus’ recent escapades. From popularising twerking to straddling a wrecking ball naked, Miley has certainly found a variety of controversial ways to keep people talking.

The UK segment of the Bangerz World Tour kicked off in May, and the tour’s title definitely lived up to its name. The show opened with an image of Miley’s face on-screen, before her mouth opened to reveal an entrance and a slide in the shape of her infamous tongue. Moments later, the controversial songstress slid down her imitation muscular hydrostat to greet her loud and adoring fans, before then straddling a car, driving around the stage and rolling in money during the song ‘Love, Money, Party’.

There was not a dull moment in the show. Even during costume changes the stage was occupied by Miley’s dancers, showing the audience how twerking is really done, alongside performing routines dressed as various neon animals. Perhaps the best use of a costume came towards the end of the show, when one of the male dancers – dressed as a bottle of mustard – took to the stage to help Miley onto a flying hot dog (yes, you read that right!)

Keen to shake her pre-Bangerz image, ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ and ‘Party In The USA’ were the only “old songs” in the set list. However the most well received songs were ‘We Can’t Stop’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’, both of which proved that – although the fancy gimmicks are fun – Miley really does have incredible vocals.


INFLUENTIAL?: Many parents questioned Miley’s influence on their youngsters following her performance in Leeds

Overall it was a really fun show for the teens and young adults in attendance, however the parents attending with their young children frequently muttered that Cyrus was a terrible role model for their impressionable kids. Miley has previously stated in many interviews that she isn’t a role model, and that she’s made mistakes that don’t warrant the term being linked to her, but unfortunately being considered a “role model” comes with the celebrity territory.

Despite the slams from critics and parents alike, Miley currently holds the Vevo record for “most viewed video” in the first 24 hours of release, whilst her single and album shared the same UK release date and went to number one simultaneously. Her tour, meanwhile, sold out in minutes. Personally, I can’t wait to see what Miley Cyrus does next.

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