Yungblud – Live at Alexandra Palace, London – Livestream

There’s a first time for everything, even in the world of livestreams. On October 3rd, 2021, I watched Yungblud perform his biggest headline show at Alexandra Palace in London. What made this livestream experience so unique for me? It featured a full house. 10, 000 fans. A sold-out gig, with a roaring crowd filling every inch of the venue. Thousands of phones rising in the air to capture every moment as soon as the curtain dropped on stage. Goose-bump worthy after being in lockdown for months.

It’s a testament to the versatility of Moment House, who are becoming the frontier of pandemic related livestreams, and who previously hosted the Halsey and Client Liaison livestreams I’ve reviewed. Where those streams were run on a tight, seamless schedule – beginning right on the event start time – Yungblud’s livestream felt more reminiscent of live events, with the concert beginning 10 minutes after the advertised start time. The delay only added to the excitement.

Yungblud (Dominic Harrison) is a performer that has boundless energy. From the moment the curtain dropped he stormed on stage on a mission to entertain. The crowd was treated to high kicks, non-stop jumping and an expression of both anarchy and joy that was evident in every single move made. Harrison is a master of the stage, demanding attention, and the same energy he so eagerly gives the audience. It almost felt like Yungblud was the ringleader of a circle of misfits.

The 1.5-hour gig was a celebration of an impressive catalogue of music, and community. As someone who hasn’t had the pleasure of seeing Yungblud live in person (yet) I was in awe of the response of the fans filling the packed mosh pit. The fans screamed every lyric of every song back at Harrison – even his latest release “Fleabag” which had only been in their ears for a few weeks. The fans waved rainbow flags, raised their hands in heart shapes above their heads, formed a wall of death and chanted “F*#$ COVID” along with Harrison – both lead by him naturally. The anarchy was contagious.

This was complemented by electrifying production and pyro, with flames illuminating the stage and making the scale of the show feel larger than life. There was even a point where a piano was brought out on stage for Harrison to play and yep, you guessed it – it was surrounded by flames. It looked incredible.


The sense of community and gratitude that arose from the livestream is memorable. Amongst multiple costume changes, Yungblud wore a red jumpsuit with the words “the future is bright cause we are in it” printed across the back. On the venue screens, bright neon red signs flashed in time with performances reading “look around yourselves, these people are your family, they will uplift you, they will support you, and they will love you for being exactly who you are”.

It made me tear up at home as I watched along. It made Harrison tear up on stage. The singer did not hold back from sharing his emotions with the crowd, speaking of how overwhelmed and grateful he was to be playing such an important show and to be surrounded by so many loving, accepting, and understanding fans.


Yungblud’s catalogue of music covers a vast array of emotions and the flow of the setlist was perfect… creating rise and fall, moments of chaos and moments of calm, before concluding on a high. Opening with “Strawberry Lipstick”, “Parents” and “I Love You, Will You Marry Me” created a ruckus in the venue, in the best way, which continued right through to “Anarchy”.

Harrison was at his most vulnerable during the performance of “love song” – a moment of intimacy and calm that reduced the singer to tears. Where “love song” encompasses acceptance, self-love and growth, the reassurance that we’re not alone came during the performances of “I Think I’m OKAY” and “god save me but don’t drown me out” – two of my personal favourites. Hearing “weird” live was also incredibly powerful, with the lyrics acting as the perfect antidote to COVID related lockdowns and isolation felt by fans all over the world.

Yungblud’s London gig was the first time I purchased a ticket to a pandemic-inspired livestream event that featured a live crowd. It reminded me that the world is returning to some form of normality, whilst still being capable of utilising modern technologies and opportunities for global fans. It provided livestream viewers with a heightened sense of emotion, and adrenaline, making us feel as close to the live experience as we possibly could… considering many fans were miles away from Alexandra Palace. Moment House has hosted quite a few of these livestreams now, and it’s worth purchasing the ticket… every single time.

Setlist
1. Strawberry Lipstick
2. Parents
3. Superdeadfriends
4. I Love You, Will You Marry Me
5. Anarchist
6. Mars
7. Weird
8. Fleabag
9. Medication
10. Loner
11. love song
12. I Think I’m OKAY
13. god save me but don’t drown me out
14. Charity
15. Teresa
16. Machine Gun

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Client Liaison – A Night of Divine Intervention – Livestream

During the final weeks of lockdown in Sydney, “Divine Intervention” came in the form of Client Liaison and an electrifying global livestream event. Hosted on October 2nd, Client Liaison celebrated the release of their second studio album with a performance that COVID-19 couldn’t cancel. That’s the beauty of livestreams! The Australian pop duo, consisting of Monte Morgan and Harvey Miller, were joined by their band, and collaborated with the livestream platform Moment House.

The process was much like what I experienced when joining Halsey’s global livestream event. Moment House encourages fan interaction with the chat feature available during the countdown to the concert, as well as during the performance. One fan from the UK was excited the time difference enabled them to enjoy a “morning disco” while all the Aussies were tuning in from 7:30pm!

An additional feature I adored this time around was the merchandise shop, enabling ticketholders to buy Client Liaison merch bundles, all from the comfort of their own homes – and without a queue! It was a great way to further support the duo and make the experience feel akin to attending live music events.

Client Liaison performed a 50-minute set, “welcoming us to heaven” and utilising neon lighting to illuminate a stark-white set, and a truck that housed the duo and their band as they made their grand entrance. A heavenly, ethereal influence was evident during the livestream, as tall Greek-like pillars lined the performance space in what appeared to be a circular form. The “stage” setup – only a small box to give height amongst the band, was centred, complimenting the camera that intimately followed the band and regularly circled around the space.

The livestream took place within the first 48-hours of the new album being shared with the world, which added to the intimacy of the event. Hearing “Intervention” and “Strictly Business” performed live especially excited me, as I’d been listening to the new tracks in the lead up to the stream. Weaving in songs like “Elevator Up” and “Champagne Affection” also highlighted the duo’s strength in creating music that carries heart and soul, yet a fun energy, with the 80’s synth and dance beats flowing through each song in the set.

Client Liaison nail the line between sexy and soulful, especially evident when the saxophone comes out. The duo and their band weren’t afraid to dance, to move and even show off Monte’s outfit changes throughout the show. Fan favourite tracks “World of our Love” and “The Real Thing” were saved for the end of the set, with the livestream concluding after the band performed “House of Holy”.


The event was the perfect accompaniment to a Saturday night in lockdown, igniting joy and hope. At times, the livestream felt meditative, with Client Liaison leaning heavily into the “Divine Intervention” theme to accompany their aptly titled album. It provided the perfect amount of escapism and mindfulness, with lyrics like “let this be your remedy” and “with fire inside, in search of hope, remember this, you’re not alone” more relevant and comforting than ever.

At times, masked crew members were visible – a reminder that the world we know it, despite being a “World of our Love”, is navigating through a pandemic that has had a significant impact on the music industry. The livestream served as hope for the future – a future when we’re all dancing in a crowd as Client Liaison perform on a stage that is radiating love and light.

Livestreams may not be “The Real Thing”, but they sure as hell are the closest thing to a gig we can get at times, and they’re worth the ticket. Even as the world continues to open up, as live music makes a return, I highly recommend supporting your favourite artists and enjoying any livestream events they host. It’s always exciting to see their creativity shine on screen, and it’s unique to experience an intimacy, to performances, plus comfort, that you can only experience at home.

Setlist

1. Club Called Heaven
2. Elevator Up
3. Off White Limousine
4. Intervention
5. Champagne Affection
6. Strictly Business
7. Groove is in The Heart (cover)
8. World of our Love
9. The Real Thing
10. House of Holy



Halsey – ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ Livestream

To celebrate the release of Halsey’s fourth studio album ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’, fans were treated to an incredible one night only, global performance experience. Halsey welcomed fans into their theatrical world of love and power, providing a mesmerising visual journey through some of the 13 songs featured on the new album.

The livestream event ran for approximately 45 minutes and was hosted seamlessly by Moment House. Ticket purchasing was simple, with users able to select between three different performance times based on their time zone. The website featured stunning graphics of Halsey, moody music and a countdown that created an air of excitement as the event was close to beginning.

Another wonderful feature was the chat, which allowed Halsey fans to engage before, during, and after the performance. Personally, I chose to watch the livestream in full-screen mode for the ultimate concert experience, however, the chat was constantly flooded with exciting reactions to Halsey’s performance.

The “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power” livestream featured an 11-song setlist that incorporated multiple stage sets, costumes, and special effects.  The production was incredible, effectively adding depth and an electric atmosphere to the powerhouse performances. LED screens, neon strobing and a breath-taking set that looked straight out of a fairy tale were highlights.

You see that? Breath-taking.
The livestream flowed between both whimsical and haunting moments, between dark and light. Through it all it was beautiful and powerful.

The transitions between such different atmospheres were effective in keeping audiences on their toes, unsure as to what world they’d be transported into next. The styling of hair, costume and makeup also added depth to the atmosphere, with Halsey changing between fits that were reminiscent of medieval ages, but also welcoming of lacy bodysuits and lingerie.

Halsey filmed the event while pregnant, though you never would have guessed until the camera panned down to reveal the fact.

Their energy levels were high, particularly evident during the performances of “You asked for this”, “Nightmare” and “honey”, which saw the singer embracing the title of the song and covering themselves in the sweet condiment. Yep, you read that correctly. Halsey was covered in honey and looked gorgeous as ever.

“You should be sad” was stripped back in comparison to the western themed music video, with the singer laying down, dimly lit. Such contrast between the array of performances made the setlist feel even more engaging, much like a regular concert feels.

The singer sounded as strong and smooth ever, with their vocals leaving goose bumps as they performed “Darling” and a haunting reimaging of “Gasoline”. “I am not a woman, I’m a God” was also a standout, with Halsey demanding attention, and power, with ease.

The event felt intimate, with Halsey starring down the barrel of the camera multiple times, making the songs feel personal and the performance feel more inclusive than anticipated.

The trouble with livestreams is the disconnect that can arise, the awareness that you’re often alone and streaming a show from your home. However, Halsey and the incredible team that worked on this production mastered the art of creating high energy, tour quality performances that also felt engaging and intimate, like you were standing on stage with the singer during every moment.


What I believe was most special to see throughout the entirety of the livestream was the confidence and the authenticity radiating from Halsey. Each performance felt like a theatrical rendition of the album tracks fans have grown to love so dearly. It felt like Halsey gave her all to every inch of detail visible throughout the livestream and her physicality and voice during performances was as strong, yet raw, as ever.

In this crazy COVID world, the livestream felt like a snippet into the kind of Halsey tour we will hopefully all attend on the other side of the pandemic. You can guarantee you’ll see me front and centre, eager to see “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power” brought to life once again.

SETLIST

  1. The Tradition
  2. Lilith
  3. Easier Than Lying
  4. You Should Be Sad
  5. Girl is a Gun
  6. Nightmare
  7. You Asked For This
  8. Darling
  9. Honey
  10. I am not a Woman, I’m a God
  11. Gasoline (Reimagined)

If you haven’t already heard “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power” I highly recommend you give it a listen.
Halsey becomes more authentic with each release, and it truly is one of the standout albums of 2021.

Stream it here.