- Category: Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
- Published: 14 September 2016
- Written by VICTORIA NELLI | STAFF WRITER
In just four short years, the girl group Fifth Harmony has gone from singing competition frontrunners to a household name (most likely a household that is home to teenage girls). Their latest tour in support of their album, 7/27, is sure to wow fans and evoke plenty of awkward dancing and loud singing that should be reserved solely for shower purposes.
Opening up for the girls was 2005 teen icon, JoJo. Aquamarine herself sang songs old and new, mixing in some hits from her heyday as well as new hits, such as “F**k Apologies.” At first when my friends and I noticed she was opening we were slightly excited. We only knew her old songs and weren’t expecting too much. Then she came on the stage and completely owned it. She had a sweet moment with the crowd, where she explained why she had been gone so long and why she did not put out any new music. She then explained how she is back and ready for everyone to hear what she has been working on. Closing her set, JoJo gave the crowd the one song they had been waiting for, “Too Little Too Late.” The audience rose to their feet and the screams were deafening. From that, we were off!
The show kicked off with a flight attendant directing ticket holders to their seats, letting audience members know they are ready for takeoff. The girls open with a high energy party, “That’s My Girl,” followed by their first big single, “Miss Movin’ On.” The set list was broken into five parts, representing each part of the “flight”- Cloud 9, Fantasy Island, Mystery Island, Paradise Island, F.U.N., and then an encore. The set list for the talented singers featured songs from both Reflection and 7/27, singing hits like, “Sledgehammer,” “Worth It,” “Bo$$,” and “Dope.” Showing no signs of slowing down, the girls handled multiple costume changes and quick set changes like seasoned performers; fans would never know this was their first major tour.
The girls kept the audience engaged throughout the whole two-hour set. Most artists their age would have taken a short break or time-out to slow things down, but not these girls, other than one acoustic number. The girls did complicated and intricate dances for each song, incorporating props and meshing in solos with talking points beautifully and with ease.
One high note of the concert, no pun intended, was “Sledgehammer,” the song that arguably put the girl group on people’s radar and forced people to give them a chance. The girls put their all into that number. Everyone in the crowd was winded after singing and dancing along, giving their best attempts at matching the girls’ energies. This seemed to be nearly impossible because the girls never looked tired, while my friends and I needed a break three songs into the show.
My friends and I bought the tickets to Fifth Harmony on a whim – we really weren’t huge fans nor were we dying to see them. We figured it would be a fun- and dance-filled summer concert. We were completely surprised when the show was over and couldn’t believe that we only knew about eight songs throughout the night, and that we weren’t bigger fans of the girls before we went to the show. Their vocal ranges were incredible and it was so refreshing to see genuinely talented girls who are doing what they love, especially at such a young age. One thing was apparent throughout the night, which was how grateful Fifth Harmony was to be doing what they are doing. They wouldn’t stop thanking the audience and their fans for showing up and buying tickets and buying their music. It truly was inspirational to get to see their success story unravel in person.
The X-Factor vocal-powerhouses closed their set with their top-ten hit, “Work from Home,” morphing the crowd into a screaming dance party of seven thousand. When the concert concluded and the lights went up, thousands of fans were left with ringing ears and sore throats. It’s safe to say that if you get the chance, it is definitely worth it to see Fifth Harmony live in concert.
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