I think the big question is… what are fan projects? Let me try and answer it for you, it’s a project that is made by fans to celebrate artists. They’re typically events organized prior to the concert and then go into action when the show starts, but the type of project can vary. In the UK, you see more of a small scale version of a project rather than what you see in the UK.
Social media has become more helpful in organizing projects to help them get a great amount of attention. The thing is, if you want the project to be successful, it depends on the fan culture, and by that I mean that’s if the fans want to get involved. TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter are a few apps that have become very helpful to people trying to organize fan projects. Instead of having it small scale, it will go on a larger scale.
For me, the most personal fan project this year happened in Manchester, UK for Louis Tomlinson. The reason why I am saying this is because the project was a way of remembering the people who had lost their lives at the Ariana Grande concert a few years ago. Flyers were handed around spreading the news about what they were going to do. Louis got word of the flyers and dedicated his whole concert to them. This is how you do a concert, in my opinion, because it showed that Louis was human and he did a good thing in remembrance of these people who deserve to still be recognized. It was so simple, but had such a deep meaning behind it.
In the U.S.A, one of my favorite fan projects I found out about was one made to celebrate Billie Eilish. For those who don’t know, I love Billie Eilish- maybe to the point that its an obsession with her. I love everything about her and can’t wait to see her in concert!
With this project, they asked everyone to have gold paper to make a gold sea during the concert. Not only that, but pride flags were also passed out!
This is the representation we should see at concerts, which is artists supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. I really wish I was at Newark to witness this project, to see all the hard work that had went into it. I have to mention, flowers were also given to Billie whilst she was on stage by @isysares – you can find more videos of the concert on her Instagram account.
Fan projects celebrate artists, and I think that’s what makes them so well loved because we can all have our own interpretation on what a fan project can be. UK or U.S, they both share the same meaning of love that’s shared with everyone for that specific individual.