Rihanna was the main act at Pukkelpop yesterday. Thanks to her, the first day of the festival was a sell-out. It's not unusual that big stars turn up a bit late ('fashionably late') but 50 minutes is a bit too much, especially at Pukkelpop with its strict, busy schedule and different stages, where festival-goers have to make choices.
"Riri" could not convince the public initially and only had her die-hard fans singing along. This improved a little bit towards the end of her show, but the VRT's Ellen Maerevoet was not convinced: "Dancing, okay, singing a couple of sentences now and then: okay. But singing and dancing at the same time: forget it. Her fans may forgive her, but Rihanna did conquer any hearts here. This being said, she probably doesn't have to, considering her status."