Last Wednesday (October 26th) I went with my friend Devin to see the amazing Shawn Mendes preforming at the Hippodrome in Kingston. We arrived there about half an hour before doors were set to open to find an incredible amount of people already there, some of them having even spent the night out there in the cold. Bare in mind this is the end of October we’re talking about here!
We went to get ourselves some food because we thought that by the time we got there the queue will already be inside as there wasn’t supposed to be that many people there to start with. Well, I guess the joke was on us. When we got back the queue went all the way around the building and across the road, which is where we started our 2h queuing time.
Once we finally got in it was now a matter of finding a place for us to stand and watch the show that, at that point, had meant to start 30min before. We found a spot where we couldn’t really see too well but if we stood on our tippy toes and the people in front of us didn’t move then we could actually manage to see something. After another 30min waiting and the concert now being 1h delayed Shawn finally came on stage, accompanied by a very loud shreek of screaming 14 year-olds.
We sang so much I barely had any voice left when we were leaving. The concert was good, really good. Shawn does this thing where he gives the crowd this cheeky smile whenever he’s singing and it makes all of us melt in to a little puddle of joy. He has a great voice, great songs and such an amazing amount of passion and talent that it would make anyone jealous.
The set was only six songs which gave us half an hour of Shawn magic. He sang Three Empty Words, Ruin, the crowd favourite Treat You Better, my personal favourite Mercy doing the beginning of the acoustic and dropping the base on the second verse, which I personally thought was very clever of him; and he finished off with a piano version of Stitches after including us all in his snapshat.
All in all, the management of ticket sales and other events management things could have been better (sorry, events management is currently what I’m studying so these things annoy me a bit more than they would someone else haha!). But the concert was great, and Shawn did give 100% on that stage and I think that’s all any fangirl could ask for.
Until next time Shawn.