concert review by Casey
Olivia Rodrigo embarked on her sold-out headlining tour on April 5th, singing her heart out to thousands of screaming fans. I was fortunate enough to see her perform in Cincinnati at the Andrew J Brady Music Center on Friday, April 22nd.
(if you missed the insta takeover, there is a highlight reel on our profile)
Hundreds of fans lined up bright and early to secure their general admission spots close to the stage. I personally had to make it the six hours from Pittsburgh and was lucky to make it there when doors opened.
Outside the venue, there were girls taking pictures on the bridge, putting last-minute touches on their outfits, and handing out flyers for a special fan project. (shout out to the nice girls who took our pictures and sprayed glitter on us, made my night)
Gracie Abrams was the opener for this leg of the tour and she blew me out of the water. I’ve been a fan of Gracie since early last year and was counting down the moments until I could hear songs such as “Camden” and “Feels Like” live.
The three-time Grammy winner opened her set by teasing the intro of “Brutal” before coming out wearing a pink dress and knee-high black boots. The crowd was instantly screaming, crying, and throwing up. I’m joking, but the energy was certainly like no other show I’ve been to recently.
There’s just something cathartic about screaming these lyrics in a room full of people, everyone’s perspective is different but for one reason or another this story, this album, has resonated with them. In my current state of life at 20 years old, I cannot relate to “Traitor” or “Favorite Crime” or many of the other songs off of Sour, but there is something so healing about letting myself feel those emotions so rawly in an environment that felt safe.
Seventeen-year-old Casey certainly had a lot of teenage angst stacked up that I was glad I could get out.
I was confident I wouldn’t have a voice the next day after singing the bridge to “Driver’s License” at the top of my lungs. Her vocals her stunning and the band was on fire all night long. The only thing that came close to that adrenaline was hearing “All I Want” and watching Olivia dance around while wearing fairy wings.
When the concert ended, we ran to the front to try to get some butterfly confetti, an idea that was not unique in the slightest as it took many minutes and practically crawling on the floor to find one that said: “hope ur ok”.
After exiting the arena we were met with the air that felt reminiscent of summer and fireworks! (They were for the baseball game that had just ended, but I’m choosing to believe they were for us.)
I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t mention the lack of etiquette at the concert. Sadly, throughout the entire show, people were talking over performances, sitting on their phones, not to mention when almost the whole concert hall sang the wrong words to “1 step forward, 3 steps back”.
As someone who is an avid concert-goer, I thought I would give some advice in case you have not been to a show before, or Sour Tour is your first experience in a general admission concert.
First and foremost, don’t shove. Give people their space and they’ll respect yours. We’re all here to listen to some music and keep each other safe.
If you’re going to record songs at the show, try to be considerate of the people around you. No one wants a phone shoved in their face or to be watching the performer through your snapchat lens all night. If you want specific songs recorded, feel free! But you paid a lot of money to be there, experience it. Lastly, if you don’t know the song or artist, please be respectful by not yelling over their set. They worked hard to be where they’re at, they deserve that. Additionally, you never know who is around you, could be their biggest fan, their mother, their brother, or best friend. You might even enjoy some of the music, I promise.
If you have the chance to experience sour tour in all of its glory, do it. Your teen angst will thank you.