The night Billie Eilish was set to perform at Spark Arena, my friend and I decided to hit up Ticketmaster to see if there was any tickets left – since we had missed out on the actual sale. As an avid concertgoer, I typically have quite high expectations but Billie blew them out of the water when she hit that stage. Her opening act/brother, Finneas had a soft and sultry voice which made everyone bop their heads and sway to the rhythm, although his music is not my personal taste, I was in awe listening to his latest release ‘Claudia’ – a romantic gesture for his girlfriend. Billie hit the stage around 8:45 and hyped the entire arena up, singing a mix of old songs and songs from her newest album when we all fall asleep, where do we go? Although she was the only one on stage, her set was captivating. The visuals of her music videos played along to a few of her most popular songs as well as short animated videos, which embodied her edgy teenage persona. Billie got emotional (so did I) because she performed ‘when the party’s over’ for the first time in Auckland last year to 200 people and now she’s performing it to 10,000. She finished with her hit song, ‘bury a friend’ and everyone’s phones lit up the arena, leaving me feeling like I had witnessed something truly magical.
9/10: lowercase song titles, uppercase concert experience