The Guardian festival blog: Womadelaide 2019: Christine and the Queens dazzles amid smorgasbord of sound | Music

Womadelaide peaked hard, fast and early this year with the arrival of pansexual French synth-pop sensation Christine and the Queens.

From the first clutch of her crotch to the body-popping synchronicity of her six androgynous dancers, the 30-year-old singer (who now calls herself Chris) had the crowd – baby boomers and all – screaming like a pack of hormonal teenagers.

Chris bounded on stage exclaiming “What a time to be alive!” Despite awkward echoes of a recent former prime minister, there was nothing equivocal about her politics or her delivery. The decision to have her headline on Friday – International Women’s Day – was a masterstroke: genderqueer Chris is truly pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a woman in 2019.

Dressed like a French revolutionary in a billowy red shirt, she appeared as comfortable belting out vulnerable ballads such as Saint Claude from a platform in the middle of the crowd as…


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