On March 2, 2018, I was lucky enough to experience seeing one of my role models and favorite singers in concert, Lorde. Nothing could have prepared me for the time I was about to have. I’d been to eight concerts before this, but this was my first time ever being on the floor, only three short rows away from the stage.
The opener for Lorde’s concert was called Run The Jewels and before that night I had never heard of them. I assumed they were going to be some mellow, low-key band, because I don’t know if you’ve ever heard Lorde before, but she isn’t exactly a hardcore kind of singer. Her first big song was the alternative hit ‘Royals,’ which isn’t really a party song, so imagine my surprise when two big guys come out and start hyping the place up with their raps. The energy that they had could probably be felt all the way in the back of the venue.
In front of us there was a dad with his daughter. He obviously wasn’t feeling it, so he left for this portion of the show. This left a wide opening for us to be seen from the stage. We were screaming as loud as we could, and finally he pointed at us. I won’t repeat what he said in this family-friendly blog, but I’d never felt so flattered. They went on for about an hour. They were so energetic and the whole crowd was getting so into it. I actually I forgot that I wasn’t at THEIR concert for a second.
About 20 minutes after Run The Jewels had left the stage, all the lights turned off and a single pulse could be heard through the speakers. As soon as the venue was pitch black, the entire place erupted in a roaring cheer. We’d been waiting two hours in this hot arena for this moment!
Lorde opened with the song ‘Sober’ from her new album. With every pulse of music, the lights came on and the dancers appeared in a new position. I’d never been so starstruck in my life than when she came out in her flowing, pink, two piece jumpsuit. The whole concert was completely surreal.
Everyone was hot, sweaty, and dehydrated, but we didn’t care because she worked the crowd so well. Being there, screaming and dancing with my best friends to my favorite artists in person made it seem like I didn't have a care in the world.
As amazingly hype as it was, there’s always that one moment during a concert where you just stop, and it becomes real. The moment when you actually realize, “Wow, I am really here and this person that I have loved for so long is real, and right here, too”. That moment came when she sat down on the stage and sang a slow song called ‘Liability’. The moment felt so intimate I could’ve cried, in fact I almost did.
She ended with "Green Light," and thousands of little paper stars shot out from these huge confetti cannons and showered everyone on the floor. It was our hair and on our clothes. Even though there were thousands of stars coming down, everyone was going crazy trying to catch them.
There is so much that happened that night that I cannot forget. This was my best concert experience ever. What really made it special was the simple fact that I was there with the right people at the right time, seeing someone that I admire so much.