Hotline Spring Tour – Concert Review

I attended the Hotline Spring show last night, as Magic Man is one of my top 3 favorite bands, so this review may be a little biased but I will do my best.
HOTLINE SPRING - FL ADD 2This is the first tour back for Magic Man since 3 of the 5 members left. During the long break between tours, Magic Man has been working on a new album and scrounging for new touring members. These members had big shoes to fill and I think they did an awesome job. I’ve seen Magic Man in concert more than a hand full of times, and they never cease to amaze me. Every concert, I see them gain crazy amounts of fans, I’m going to assume it’s for their music and not just their looks.

The Varsity Theater is definitely my favorite venue in the Minnesota, and I was thrilled to see that the concert was being held there.  I love that these bands are still small enough to come hang out with fans after the show and the venue allows it. The popularity of this band may sky rocket soon, so go check them out now and meet them easily while you still can!

During the sets, the audience heard quite a few new songs from both The Griswolds and Magic Man. I have been anticipating both of their albums along with many fans, with their hinting at new music on social media and both bands’ freshman album releases being from 2014.

I had a ton of fun at this concert, personally feeling the kick drum rattle my ribcage for the first time in a long time, was an incredible feeling. I am a concert junkie and although I have recently done a concert review for Vance Joy, the venue and lack of a pit made it feel less like a concert and more like a video. Another reason for my enthusiasm over this is that the show was perfectly placed during my highest stress point in my college career, the fact that I was able to let loose and dance my heart out gave me the release and escape I desperately needed.

Have you been to this tour, what did you think?

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Concert Review – Vance Joy

On Wednesday, Vance Joy kicked off the U.S. leg of the Fire and the Flood Tour in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was lucky enough to win both tickets and meet and greet to the show.

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The setlist seemed a lot different from shows I usually attend, mainly starting out with a song everyone will know, then ending with their biggest hit. This concert was different, most sat in their seats, as there was no general admission or pit, until the end of the show. This experience had fans singing along to the lesser known songs and everyone singing and dancing by the end of the show.

The commentary between songs gave them a lot more meaning. I recently found that Spotify has Vance Joy’s comments on each song on the album Dream Your Life Away.

12552937_467580190095796_9359373230419210_n As for the meet and greet, this was another experience that I had been through quite a few times, but Vance Joy and his team made it feel different. The ambiance in the room was quite calming, dimmer lights, fragrant candles, and some light music playing. This took away a lot of the jitters that were felt by the group in the hallway. I just want to point out in the picture, Vance is extremely tall and I am not short.

 

Overall, I left the concert a bigger fan of Vance Joy than I was before; And I was already at the point of singing the songs at the top of my lungs. Special thanks to Go963MN for supplying me with the concert tickets and meet and greet!