On Thursday I went to Birmingham to see Ariana live on her Dangerous Woman Tour. I sadly missed out on going to her last tour, so this was my first time seeing her live at her own show! I am a big fan of Ariana and I had seen lots of pictures and videos online of the tour, however I tried to avoid as many spoilers as possible! Now that I've been to the tour, I now realise that all of the pictures and videos on social media did the show no justice, it was even better than I thought it would be!
The show started with a ten minute countdown. When I first heard that the countdown would be ten minutes I thought that it wouldn't work and would drag out, however I was wrong. Instead of just watching the countdown in silence, a playlist of songs still plays in the arena with a video of Ariana in the background - ultimately building up the excitement more and more. Every now and then on the video Ariana would touch her ear, prompting the crowd to scream as loud as they could. I thought that small action was actually a really good touch because it engages the audience for the whole ten minutes, rather than letting them get bored. The countdown went a lot faster than I thought it would, and as soon as it ended Ariana was on stage performing Be Alright. The opening was quite simplistic with her dancers coming on stage first, then followed by Ariana, which was brilliant. Sometimes the more simplistic something is, the more powerful it is. Ariana then went on to perform two of my favourites from the album, Everyday and Bad Decisions. Only three songs into the show and I already knew that this would be one of my favourite concerts - and I've been to quite a lot!
The visuals shown on the screen behind her were stunning (as seen in the pictures below). The use of such artistic imagery made me feel like I was actually at a proper show, rather than just watching a singer perform on stage. Not only this, but both Ariana's vocals and dancing were incredible, and the choreography was very impressive. Throughout the entire show you could see both Ariana and her dancers giving it 100%, and at no point did it look like anyone was slacking.
Rather than doing lots of talking, Ariana performed every song from the Dangerous Woman album (as well as some older songs) pretty much non-stop. I almost felt tired watching her, but at no point did she ever look like she was slowing down - a true performer. Ideally I would have liked to have seen Ariana talk to the audience a bit more, but at the same time I love the fact that we got to watch every song performed live, and I know that that wouldn't have been possible if Ariana talked more.
Towards the end of the show Ariana performs Thinking Bout You, and after this she sometimes performs a song that isn't on the setlist. Even though she skipped this part at my show, I still think that this is an excellent section of the show to have because it keeps everyone on their toes wondering if they're about to get a surprise. I am fortunate enough to be going to the tour again in London on Thursday, and I'm really hoping that she performs a different song on that date instead!
To keep things fresh even more, Ariana remixed her older songs Problem and Break Free. The remixes for the tour weren't completely different from the original, however they were made to sound a bit more mature, which I think made them fit into the darker and maturer genre of the Dangerous Woman Tour. Watching this show made me realise just how much thought and effort went into making this tour as good as it can be, and it really paid off.
Overall, from what I had seen online, I knew that the show would be good, but I didn't expect it to be as brilliant as it was. Ariana's vocals, dancing, stage presence and setlist didn't disappoint, making the show definitely worth the wait! If Ariana is coming to your city and you haven't got tickets yet, I would highly recommend getting tickets!
See below some of my pictures taken on the night: