Before the entire continent went into apocalypse mode, we managed to go to one final gig and see Halsey’s (Capitol Records) massive spectacle on the 8th of March at The O2. Although the powerhouse pop rebel had been to London a couple of times, this was her largest show in the city by far, and she did not disappoint.
After a short set by support veterans Pale Waves, whom we’d previously seen opening for Muse and The 1975, Halsey blasted onto the stage at 8.30. Kicking off the gig with massive bangers Nightmare and Castle, Halsey immediately set the entire arena on fire (quite literally as the production didn’t lack in fire effects). The set included a bit of everything from Halsey’s diverse repertoire, from chart-topping pop hits (Colors, Without Me), to emotional ballads (Forever… is a long time, Finally // beautiful stranger) and fan favourites (Gasoline, Is There Somewhere). Halsey’s stage presence, however, remained constant throughout. Her natural energy made it obvious for the entire audience that the singer was born to be on stage. She was equally confident and humble, being an absolute queen at certain parts and adorably relatable at others.
Another highlight of the gig was the spectacular production with a massive background screen and three elevating mini-stages that could lift the singer above the audience. The most surprising part, however, was how perfect Halsey’s vocals were throughout the concert, but especially sparkling during the amazing acoustic version of 100 Letters.
Overall, Halsey gave one of the most energetic and spectacular gigs we’ve attended recently and was a worthy final concertfor us for god knows how long.
Favourite songs live: Colors, Nightmare, Experiment On Me, 100 Letters