* all photos taken by me and on my iPhone *
Yesterday night,(January 15,2015) I got to go to one of my Christmas presents. A Sam Smith concert at Madison Square Garden right here in New York City.
When I opened the tickets on Christmas, words cannot describe how happy I felt. One, I will be seeing one of my idols live in concert and two, I would be going to MSG for the first time. I have heard so many things about the venue, so I was in awe myself knowing that I would be going to a concert there. I have been a fan of him since early 2013. When I got back to the city from the holidays, this concert was all I was looking forward to for the next two weeks.
I wanted to get to the venue as early as possible, but my mom and younger sister weren’t really into that. So we made a compromise and decided to show up at 4 o clock. But our day took an unexpected turn when we got our hair died before showing up to the venue, so we showed up at around 5 o clock. Thankfully when we got in line for general admission, I was about the 20th person in line. I sat there waiting for right around two hours. While waiting in line I became friends with the girls in front of me.
all of us along with my sister
Meeting people is one of my favorite things about concerts. You meet people who have the same interests as you, and are both there to enjoy something you really love. And before you know it, you hit it off with people you just met. Ends up I stood with these girls at the concert. The girls I met were Amanda, Tiffany, Alana, Claire, Nicole, and Rebecca.
After two hours of waiting in the cold, they finally let us in. As soon as we got into the arena we practically ran for you lives to the front of the barricade. That feeling will always bring so much joy to me. Running so fast knowing u will be that up close and personal with the person you are seeing. We ended up being second row and I couldn’t be happier. I was little shaken up at first because Sam Smith was going to be right there in front of me. Another amazing feeling was being in an empty Madison Square Garden. They hadn’t let the seated people come in us so it was just us GA people. And that was a moment I will never forget.
MSG when we first got to enter
We then continued to wait another hour until the concert started. While waited, ends up Claire and I totally bonded about watching skins which was pretty awesome. I also liked to watch people go to their seats and just watch the arena fill up before my eyes. I also had the coolest Asian guy standing next to me. He was soooo funny.
Before I knew it the lights dimmed and it was time for the opening act came on. I really enjoyed how on point they were on timing and getting started. The opener was George Ezra. I had never heard of him so I was excited to be introduced to a new artist. He is most well known for his song Budapest and once I heard it I knew I heard the song before. The drummer of his band wasn’t that bad looking either. Alana kept making eye contact with him and it was quite enjoyable.
By the time he was done with his seat the arena was full and it was amazing to look at. The anticipation was now killing me inside and I was not ready to see Sam Smith before my eyes. I could see the security and crew start to get ready for the beginning of the show and I was practically shaking at this point.
At exactly 9:00 the arena went black and I heard the Sam sings: “I’ve been sleeping with the lights on” acapella And I lost it. The whole arena lost it. He continued to sing the opening verse to Life Support until all of the band came in and the curtain dropped. There he was in all of his glory elevated in the air.
He then came down to the edge of the stage where I was standing and all I could do was smile. He was so engaging with the crowd and used the stage so well. Before each song, he would explain what that song was about and why he wrote it. While he did this, it made me feel so sad yet so happy for him.
Sam during “I’m Not the Only One”
Some of the highlights for me included the following:
-When he sang all of those beautiful riffs and I was left in awe with my life
-The dance party the entire arena had during Restart
– Lay Me Down in general
– When he explained the meaning behind the songs I’ve Told You Now and Good Thing
-Make It To Me because that is my favorite song by him and the harmonies were so beautiful
-The audience singing Stay With Me to Sam
-When Sam sang to me twice
The last favorite of mine is a moment in my life I will remember forever. Unlike everyone else, Latch was not the first song I heard Sam from. But, Latch was my jam in Summer 2013. Yes, I am pulling the “I knew it before it was cool card”. But Latch is still one of my favorite songs of all time. It is a song that will never get old for me. So Sam is in the middle of singing an acoustic cover of Latch and all the sudden he stops. I had no idea what was happening, until he said, “I’m sorry guys. I just can’t play Madison Square Garden with out Disclosure.” And that is when I lost it because Disclosure is one of my favorite DJs. All of the sudden Disclosure is on stage and they start performing Latch. It was easily hands down one of the best moments of my life. I thought I would have to wait till later this year to see the live and I didn’t.
When the night ended I had to depressingly pull myself out of the venue and went home. As I layed in my bed before I went to bed, I just layed there and thought how amazing and how beautiful the night was. His music has gotten me through so much and kept me going. This man truly is my life support.
What is the best concert you have ever gone to? Let me know.
Claire, me, Rebecca, and the funny Asian guy
the audience during the beginning of latch
disclosure and sam smith after Latch