Last night was an incredible night of colours, lights, fluorescent flowers, stars & astronauts, interpretative dance, confetti, and the most powerful live singing I’ve ever heard. I attended the first of Lorde’s Melodrama World Tour shows in Auckland!
The energy was unbelievable. Thousands of us filled the arena, excitement and anticipation all around. We danced to music by Wellington band Drax Project before Lorde burst onto the stage belting Homemade Dynamite. It was so surreal seeing Lorde in front of my own eyes. She was bubbly, charismatic and full of energy, constantly pacing the stage and getting up & personal with fans.
Listening to her live gave me crazy nostalgia. Every song she sang from Pure Heroine and Melodrama took me back to a different time in my life…
☆ I fell in love with Ribs when I went out a lot in my last months of living in Wellington, before quitting my job, moving back to Auckland, and starting a long distance relationship & job search with no plan. Whenever I listen to Ribs, I will always be in my Wellington inner city apartment, Soho, playing silly drinking games with my friends. Nothing else to do, nowhere else to be. Simply young, wild and free; enough to afford our carefree spontaneity.
☆ Buzzcut Season takes me back to my bedroom, the night before I started the job that changed my life forever. I was full of anxiety and excitement. I was fearful but optimistic. As if time travelling back to that exact moment, I can smell the floral, woody and smokey scent of the candle I was holding in my hands, using its warmth and flickering flame to meditate.
☆ I had a great time dancing to Magnets – a particularly epic performance! I also got to witness Lorde’s famously ‘awkward’ dancing, which is simply dramatic in the most awesome way.
☆ She shared stories of how excited she was to be back in her hometown, Auckland, and Takapuna! Stories of childhood, growing up, sneaking into bars with fake IDs, and feeling like you have to be someone else to be accepted, during mellow songs like Liability.
☆ My highlight was dancing to Perfect Places, the soundtrack to much of my life this year – one of change and celebration. And of course, Green Light – the song about letting go of the past after heartbreak or change and embracing the future. Complete with confetti!
What an unforgettable show. I’m so glad to have been at the beginning of Lorde’s Melodrama World Tour before she heads off to Australia, Canada and USA. I hope you like my photos from the night!