On Wednesday, March 12, Lorde (Ella Yelich-O’Connor) played her third and final show at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. I was lucky enough to attend the 17-year old’s concert that began at around 9:00pm with her standing alone on stage with one spotlight as she sang Glory and Gore. Lorde performed eleven songs off of her hit album, Pure Heroine and two cover songs by the bands The Replacements and Son Lux. Her vocals were extremely impressive, and her style of dancing was perfectly fitting for the genre of her music. Between the colorful lights that filled the Roseland Ballroom and Lorde’s voice that seemed to be flawless, the general admission crowd was enjoying every aspect of the concert.
Since Lorde’s song, Royals, began playing on the radio, I immediately liked the sound of her voice and listened to the rest of of her album. I personally think that many of her other songs are even better than Royals that she won a Grammy award for! Lorde’s songs, Team, Tennis Court, A World Alone, and Buzzcut Season, are my favorites and were all played at her concert on Wednesday. I believe what made Lorde’s show so uniquely entertaining was the way she danced. Her quick turns and movements of her hands that were timed perfectly to the pace of each song were so enthusiastic. This made everyone in the crowd scream out of excitement of Lorde’s performance.
Also, before Lorde took the stage, the band Lo Fang was the opening act who were already playing as I arrived at 8:00pm. I’ve never heard of them until Wednesday, but was pleasantly surprised by their talent. The lead singer played the violin during a few of their songs, which was my favorite part of their act.
I have never been to the Roseland Ballroom before this concert, and I thought the venue had a great vibe and a very intimate setting. At times, I was able to get as close as 25 feet to the stage. I usually prefer concerts with assigned seats, like at Madison Square Garden, instead of a place such as the Roseland Ballroom that is general admission, but I found this situation to be particularly cool. Having the chance to be so close to the performer after buying a rather inexpensive ticket is an opportunity that isn’t possible at other concerts without general admission tickets.
I think Lorde is an incredibly talented and creative singer, song-writer, and performer. I would see another one of her shows in a heartbeat if I could! Are you a fan of Lorde? What is your favorite song of hers?