A Night Of Unison, Fuelled By Angry Anthems And A Heartfelt LGBTQ+ Tribute.
Sparking a mad dash for tickets, pop-alt artist Halsey announced a one-off intimate show last week at the famous Electric Ballroom, Camden London. In town for Capital FM’s Summertime Ball June 8th, Halsey decided to play the small venue, once also occupied Prince and Sir Paul McCartney.
Announcing the shown just 24 hours shy of the on-sale time, and only 6 days before the event, fans were sent into a frenzy, with the hope of securing a ticket to the special 1,500 capacity gig. Despite having the ability and proven track record to sell out arenas, Halsey chose to book the intimate show stating “I fucking love these small shows we’ve been playing I feel like myself in my fuckin skin again” on Twitter.
Photos: Team Halsey
Pride About Pride
Wearing a shirt to represent an important message, Halsey explained the a shocking story of Melania Geymonat and her partner Chris – a lesbian couple who were assaulted during a homophobic attack on a London bus May 30. Donning their portrait on her shirt, a powerful moment on unity possessed the crowd, with powerful speech:
It’s Pride month right now. Which is a really exciting thing… But the sad reality is that after the Pride parade is over and the bars closed, and the glitter is being swept out of the streets, a lot of people get on those trains and they get on those buses, and they wash the rainbows off their skin and peel the stickers off their clothes. Because when Pride is over, it’s not safe to be gay anymore. There is a worry that someone is going to viciously assault them or attack them. When people around the world ask, “why isn’t there a straight Pride parade?” The answer is because if there was one, you wouldn’t have to get on a bus and be terrified of being f**king beaten or killed afterwards. That’s why there’s not a straight Pride parade.
Halsey Leads the Charge
Halsey encourages participation, with the eruption of cannons not 30 seconds into her opening song “Castle”. Unifying the crowd into a sense of community, drawing attention to important messages at multiple times throughout her set, once encouraging the crowd to chant in unison “I will not be afraid” time and time again.
Recent release “Nightmare” hits home to the entire crowd, energy matching Halsey herself, jumping and screaming to every important lyric. The song represents objectification – being referred to as a “Nightmare” for not acting how others demand. Currently a raw topic, the crowd relayed the energy screaming along to lyrics “I’m tired and angry but somebody should be”.
However, “Nightmare” isn’t the first self inspiring song Halsey has produced lyrically. “Without Me” offers resilience through heartbreak. “Hurricane” encourages individuality – you don’t belong to anyone but yourself. Her songs have a deafening power that rocketed through the raw energy of the room.
Halsey left everything on stage that night, unifying a crowd and creating a home, a sense of community like I’ve never felt before. A Special message was conveyed that night, surrounded by even more special people. The crowd reacted in kind, giving everything back during the packed 2 hour set.
Words: Natasha Fountain | Featured Photo: Electric Ballroom