- Category: Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
- Published: 02 December 2016
- Written by AYSE YASAS | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Less than year ago, Troye Sivan announced he was going on tour once again and even though I had already previously seen him live, I purchased tickets without a second thought. Sivan didn’t disappoint.
Before the show even started, there was a charity campaign to raise money for homeless LGBTQ+ youth, which set the tone for the show. Troye Sivan has always showed his support and passion for the LGBTQ+ community and always wants his fans to feel that his shows are a safe space and tonight was no different.
There were two opening acts and I didn’t have high expectations. I was pleasantly surprised with both Jess Kent and Dua Lipa. Both of them had a fun alternative pop sound and got the crowd excited for star of the Suburbia Tour to come out.
Once the lights dimmed and the beginning of “Wild” started to play, the cheers erupted throughout the crowd. Everyone was dancing and having the time of their lives which continued for songs like “Bite” and “Cool.”
Then, things slowed down a bit with “Too Good,” which is a song with a more dark undertone where you can feel the passion in Sivan’s voice. One song that stood out the most to me was the song that came next, “Heaven.”
Before he played it, he had a small speech about the election and how the LQBTQ+ community and minorities might feel unsafe and how we all must come together and not be scared. It felt like he was trying to hug the audience and ensure that this venue and setting was a safe space. “Heaven” is a song about Sivan coming to terms with his sexuality and wanting to be himself and live freely. “Maybe I don’t want heaven” is a line that explains that if a religion doesn’t accept him, maybe heaven isn’t where he wants to end up.
“For Him,” my personal favorite, was next and it definitely lightened the mood. It had a romantic feel but also made everyone scream out the lyrics as loud as they could. Up next was “Ease” and his first single, “Happy Little Pill.” These kept the momentum of the show going which made the whole show feel like one big party.
“Suburbia,” which is the title that the tour was named after, was the song that started to slow down the tone of the concert. He followed with “The Quiet,” which was similar feel. Another favorite of mine was next, “Fools.” Everyone was dancing and singing and forgot about the world outside again.
At every show, I typically find a new favorite song from an artist. This time it was “Blue.” It’s a very slow song, which is something I don’t normally go for but it gave me chills. His vocals and the mood in the room was very emotional. I was surprised because it’s not the song I would think would stick out to me.
The next song was the most aesthetic of the night. “Dkla” is a dark song and the whole set was lit up a crimson red and you felt the pain of the song through the set. Then he announced the next song as his last, “Talk Me Down.” It was really good but everyone knew that there were still two songs left.
He came back out and sort of laughed and said “I don’t even know why we do that anymore, everyone knows it’s not over.” It was cute and then he played “Lost Boy” which is a song any adolescent or young adult can relate to with the line “I’m just some dumb kid trying to kid myself that I got my [life] together,” which is the line everyone screams at the top of their lungs.
The last song was his biggest radio hit, “Youth.” Not a single fan was standing still when this started playing. Everyone was dancing and Sivan ended it with speeding up the song and giving it every last bit of his energy. It almost felt as if the show ended with everyone on this high of adrenaline. The show was over and our little bubble felt like it popped and it was back to reality. If you’ve never heard of Troye Sivan, I highly recommend you listen to his album and grab tickets to his show next time he’s in town.
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