Monday 20 May 2019

Having High Hopes & Celebrating The Death Of A Bachelor | Panic! At The Disco's Pray For The Wicked Tour At Manchester Arena

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I went to see Panic! At The Disco, a while ago, and, I thought that I would talk to you all about the great time that I had at the gig.

If you haven't heard of Panic! before, then let me tell you a little bit about them. Panic! At The Disco is a Pop-Rock/Pop-punk based band that started out in the early 2000's with the help from fellow Pop-punk band, Fall Out Boy. The band has been a vehicle for. lead singer, Brendon Urie, to experiment with different genres within different albums. Most of the public may know the band for their infamous tracks, such as, I Write Sins Not Tragedies, Nine In The Afternoon, and, Emperors New Clothes

A blue-purple circle with a triangle in the middle with circles and curves on the outiside to mimic P, !, A, T, D, on a black rectangular stage on a dark background

Myself and my very good friend, Abbey, have a good habit of buying tickets for ourselves and the other friend, and then randomly telling the other one that we will be going to the aforementioned show within the future. So, when I saw that Panic! At The Disco had released tickets for their 'Pray For The Wicked' Tour, I knew that I had to have them, and twenty minutes later, I had booked the tickets and messaged Abbey that we were going.

Now onto the day itself. 

I met Abbey on the train to Manchester. We nattered and joked about all the tunnels that we had to go through during the journey. (I had decided to name them every time we went through one. Gladys was a good tunnel to go through...)

We arrived at Manchester Victoria, and met up with my good friend Alex. The group of ragamuffins (myself, Abbey, and, Alex) decided to kill some time, so we decided to venture to the Lush Naked store that sells non packaged products. (If you haven't checked out the store, and you're near Manchester, then you should!) After picking up every other product and sniffing it, we decided to slowly make our way to the Arndale Food Court. As Alex has only had Taco Bell once, and well, me and Abbey normally end up getting Taco Bell before every show we see in Manchester, it made sense to get, well, Taco Bell.

A picture of a person in a red and black checked shirt with a black leather jacket wearing a hat which says, 'I'm not sorry about your fragile masculinity' in bold white font with a girl with purple long hair wearing a black top on a bright background

We nattered for a bit and then waited in Manchester Victoria for a bit, to wait for mine and Alex's good friend Jim, especially as Manchester Arena is located directly next to the station. We waited for Jims arrival, then catched up and chatted about all sorts for a while, before saying goodby to Jim and Alex and making our way to the queue line for the show.

We weaved our way through the several large metal barriers, and, made our way into the venue. Thank goodness, that I had booked seated tickets, because after that queue alone, I didn't have the energy to stand up for the duration of the show. Abbey eventually found the seats, and we then chatted until the two support acts came on.

Sadly, I don't remember the name of the first support act, but Mø was the second supporting act, and, they were fabulous. Mø is a Danish singer and songwriter. Their music is mainly electro pop. This genre of music definitely built the anticipation for Panic! up via the fast beats. Mø, themselves also built the audience up via engaging with them before the end of their act. One of the songs that I especially loved from Mø set, was, Red Wine (ft Empress Of), from their album, Forever Neverland. \

The performance by Panic! started. It was amazing. A collection of the bands greatest and newest hits from the album, Pray For The Wicked were performed. They dedicated a few of the songs to the lives that were lost at the Ariana Grande performance at Manchester Arena. Brendon interacted with some of the audience that were standing at the bottom of the stage, which was quite nice, as sometimes artists don't do this. Panic! even played their cover of The Greatest Show from The Greatest Showman. The vocals were completely live, with moments of, Brendon reaching notes that are higher than any of my aspirations within life. All in all, it was an amazing show and I loved every second of it.

Have you been to any music events lately? Let me know down below! 

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x

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