The Power of Live Music

It’s been approximately 9 months since I experienced live music and the energy of the crowd. As someone who always has a ticket to a future gig, it’s felt soul crushing to have all the events you’re looking forward to being cancelled or postponed. I know I’m not alone in this experience, which is comforting. That is the beauty of live music…it’s unifying. This is one of the many reasons why I love live music. Here’s some more…

I love live music because it erases loneliness.
Whether that’s through the presence of the crowd around you, or through captivating melodies and lyrics, live music makes you feel like you belong.

I love live music, because it brings out the best in people.
Live music gives people permission to feel, to express their emotions.
Take a look around at the next concert or festival you attend. I guarantee you’ll see people smiling, crying, singing and dancing. Live music allows you to be your most authentic self and not feel shame for the emotions you’re feeling or the experience you’re living.

I love live music because it is pure escapism.
For the duration of the setlist unfolding in front of your eyes, nothing else in the world matters. It’s as if the moment your ticket is scanned at the entry, all of your worries are left behind. Your worries are denied entry. The weight of the world is lifted from your shoulders and you feel light, filled with joy. Live music can make you feel so far away from the mundane, stressful, exhausting and painful aspects of day to day life. It’s that euphoric, relieving feeling that I miss the most right now.

I love live music, because it is healing.
I genuinely believe live music is healing. Some of the most famous live music performances come from events that aimed to heal the world. From Live Aid in 1985 to One Love Manchester in 2017 and FireFight Australia in 2020; benefit concerts prove that live music can create atmospheres of love, support, empathy and unity. It’s magical to witness and incredibly inspiring.

As 2020 nears its end, I find myself more and more grateful for every live music event I’ve experienced in my lifetime. In the moment, concerts and festivals pass by swiftly. The adrenaline kicks in and it all feels like a blur. However, those moments stay with you forever. Whether it’s in the form of photos, videos, outfits, tickets or the blurry memories in your mind, it’s more important than ever to revisit them, hold onto them and remember why you love live music.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry is one of my favourite artists and fortunately, I have seen her perform live countless times over the years. I often attend 2 – 3 concerts each tour, sitting or standing in a different section of the arena each time. From her Prismatic World Tour to Witness The Tour, Katy puts on a show like no other. Her production is innovative, bold, and electrifying. Her costumes are playful and detailed, and each moment on stage is a colourful explosion of joy and charisma.

What I love most about Katy Perry are the kinds of fans she attracts, which translates to the kind of crowds you experience at a Katy Perry show. Mostly, it’s the girls and the gays, ready to dance the night away and strutting (OK no, running) their way to the front of the mosh pit in costumes inspired by Katy’s previous music videos and performances.

Photography: Natalie Hannan

However, it’s also a place for young girls admiring the singer, joining their parents for a night that can only be described as a spectacle. For many, it’s their first concert, and you can witness the awe in their eyes as they see a female popstar being elevated into the sky as the perform inspirational, joyful songs, such as β€˜Firework’.

That song has existed for 10 years and it still makes me cry, every single time.

Photography: Natalie Hannan

With each release of a brand-new album, Katy’s setlists evolve, providing audiences with the perfect balance between emotion and escapism. This creates a sense of intimacy, as you experience the rise and fall of the setlist – quieter, acoustic moments that slowly lead back into energetic anthems.

The sense of intimacy is also reflected in the stage layout Katy creates. On top of the general mosh pit, Katy always creates an additional, smaller mosh pit, usually with a maximum capacity of 100 – 200 fans, that allows fans to be even closer to her. On The Prismatic World Tour, this mosh pit existed within the triangular stage and on Witness: The Tour, this was a section on the left of the arena, surrounded a more intimate stage. For each tour I have attended, I have managed to score tickets for these intimate mosh pits and without a doubt, they’re the best mosh pit experiences I’ve had.

Photography: Natalie Hannan

Some of the happiest moments of my life have unfolded at Katy Perry concerts and for that I am grateful. It is also the reason why I am desperate to see her live again, in a world that is hopefully post-pandemic by then. Until then, you can most definitely catch me re-watching all of my Katy Perry concert videos and playing her new album, β€˜Smile’, on repeat.