It was an incredible night of colours, lights, fluorescent flowers, stars & astronauts, interpretative dance, confetti, and the most powerful live singing I’ve ever heard. Last night, 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 – who my partner dubbed ‘Justin Timberlake if he was a reggae band’ – before Lorde burst onto the stage belting Homemade Dynamite!
It was 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. I absolutely loved this moment!
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.
We can talk it so good / We can make it so divine / We can talk it good / How you wish it would be all the time
I fell in love with Ribs when I went out/partied a lot in my last months in Wellington, before quitting my job, moving back to Auckland, and starting a long distance relationship and 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.
And I’ll never go home again (place the call, feel it start) / Favorite friend (and nothing’s wrong when nothing’s true) / I live in a hologram with you / Where all the things that we do for fun (and I’ll breathe, and it goes) / Play along (make-believe it’s hyper real) / But I live in a hologram with you
When she sang Buzzcut Season, I felt like I time travelled – back to my bedroom, the night before I started the insurance job that changed my life forever. (That job brought me the happiest times of my entire life and I will never be the same.) I was full of anxiety and excitement. I was fearful but optimistic. I can smell the exact floral, woody and smokey scent of the candle I was holding in my hands, using its warmth and flickering flame to meditate.
Uh-oh, dancin’ past the point of no return / Let go, we can free ourselves of all we’ve learned / I love this secret language that we’re speaking / Say it to me, let’s embrace the point of no return
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.
They say, “You’re a little much for me / You’re a liability / You’re a little much for me”
She shared stories of how excited she was to be back in her hometown, Auckland, and Takapuna! (She went to Takapuna Grammar!) She shared more 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.
All of the things we’re taking / ‘Cause we are young and we’re ashamed / Send us to perfect places / All of our heroes fading / Now I can’t stand to be alone / Let’s go to perfect places
My highlight was definitely dancing to Perfect Places, the soundtrack to much of my life this year – one of change and celebration.
But I hear sounds in my mind / Brand new sounds in my mind / But honey I’ll be seein’ you, ever, I go / But honey I’ll be seein’ you down every road / I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it
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 night. I’m so glad and so proud to have been at the beginning of Lorde’s Melodrama World Tour before she heads off to Australia, Canada and USA!