Summer Sounds: Concerts of 2018

Okay, so if you recall in my “Plan with me: Summer 2018” post, you’ll recall that I was attending some concerts this year. This is the first time I’ve actually been to a concert, and this summer landed up being half concerts and half sight-seeing.

For all technical purposes, Panic was also a “let’s go balls deep this year”/impulse purchase.. But who doesn’t go through their youth/20’s without some bad yet super fun decisions?! What made Panic more “Are you sure?!” is because it was roughly 36 hours after my wisdom teeth surgery I had (see here).

If you didn’t catch one of the other artists’ by now that I saw in concert, the two I saw were Panic! at the Disco and Taylor Swift.

Yes, bring on the comments people, bring them on! Haha, but really, I’ve been a long-time fan of Panic! (like a day-one fan, tbh) and I’ve generally liked Taylor, but her latest album is an “on-repeat” album.

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So let’s start with good ol’ Panic. I’ve been following them for years. I’m one of those old fans. I totally rocked out at this concert, and loved every second of it. There’s several articles all over the web, and like all the videos that you have seen of Brendon (the last standing member of Panic, from the original band, and singer), this concert lives up to all of the hype. The energy is high, and his visuals are great, and he truly connects with everyone in the audience, even if he’s not touching their hands.

I had a friend warn me that it’d be all young estrogen ridden teenage girls screaming, and he wished me the best at this concert. I actually didn’t have any problem with that though. Sure, there were the screams, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought through my friend’s comment would be.

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Now for the sold out concert, better known as Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour. Yes, I’m mention the whole title here for a reason: her whole tour is in stadiums. Why? Because it’s Taylor Swift, and she wanted to do that. But for real, she had such a big stage, she had 2 points around the speakers in the crowd to preform from, she had flame jet-like things that would go off on queue during certain songs, and even fireworks! She’s that extra, and doesn’t care at all.

The openers for her were Charlie XCX and Camila Cabello, and personally I agree with most of the articles saying Charlie’s performance was  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Personally I felt that her choreography was too rigid, and was meant to be more flowy. There’s flowy rigid that makes sense, and there’s the “I’m tearing off more edge than I can chew”. Not to say that she’s a bad artist per se, but the moves seemed too forced for my taste.

Camila, although I’m in no better knowledge of her music than Charlie’s, I feel was the better opener for Taylor. Camila and Taylor have that love story “I want this to work”  attitude, especially reflecting on Taylor’s Reputation album, let alone the empowerment vibe (regardless of what gender you are, IMO)

I have a feeling Swift will be around for awhile so if you can get tickets now, JUST DO IT. And if she’s already passed your city, I highly recommend attending her future tours. I have a feeling Panic will be around for a little while longer, but as much as it saddens me to say, I don’t know where Brendon’s front man career will land him. I hope for plenty more albums and tours (so I can go broke again, and do a meet and greet).

Well, if you want to check out my highlight photos from the concerts, check out my instagram! Be sure to follow me too!

What concerts have you gone to this summer? Are you going to any soon? What was your first concert? I’d love to know!

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