On Friday 29th June I got to see my absolute idol and favourite artist in the world live for the second time. It’s no secret that I have been obsessed with Demi Lovato since she first appeared on the disney scene. I remember buying her first album in 2008 when I was ten years old and on holiday in America and from that moment I knew I was a Lovatic through and through. It was a night that I’ll never forget and that meant the world to me so here is a blog all about the trip, concert and how I felt watching it.
The gig was at the Arena Birmingham (formerly the Barclaycard arena) which Alex and I are very familiar with. Over half the gigs I have attended have been at this venue so there it was no problem finding our way there and back. We usually stay in a Travelodge but due to being absolutely broke at the moment I opted for a cheaper recommendation from a friend. We ended up staying at a place called ‘EasyHotel’ which was literally opposite the south exit of Birmingham New Street Station. They were even kind enough to move the stay of our date free of charge as Demi had to reschedule the original concert due to losing her voice.
The room was basic but perfect for what we needed, which was a place to crash for the night. It was spotlessly clean and more spacious that I expected. There was a double bed, large mirror, bathroom and shower so we were set. As you can see, Alex was happy and I’d definitely stay here again for future trips to Brum.
Doors opened at 6:30pm but the opening acts were scheduled to being at 8pm so we headed overs at around 7pm to get our seats etc. I couldn’t believe how close we were to the front, I almost cried when the steward told us to head towards to block right at the front of the arena. We were block C, seats P13 and P14.
Demi came on at 9pm and as soon as I saw her I started to tear up. I couldn’t believe that the woman who has saved me more times than I can count was standing in front of me and I could actually see her. When she was in the UK previously supporting Enrique Iglesias I was lucky enough to get a meet and greet with her and this felt just as overwhelming as that was.
She opened with the ballad from her latest album ‘You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore’ and I was blown away by her voice. I know that she has an outstanding set of pipes on her but I was not prepared for how INSANE she is. Her range, her tone, pitching, literally everything was on point. To say I was shook would be an understatement! The rest of her setlist was as follows;
- You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore
- Daddy Issues
- Cool For The Summer
- Sexy, Dirty, Love
- Heart Attack
- Give Your Heart A Break
- Cry Baby
- No Promises
- Echame La Culpa
- Fall In Line
- Sorry Not Sorry
- Tell Me You Love Me
Personally, I loved the overall setlist. She played the majority of songs from her new album, although one of my faves ‘Hitchhiker’ was missed. She also included some key numbers from previous albums which was nice to hear. I loved the addition of a kiss cam during ‘Give Your Heart a Break’ as it felt like a personal touch and played homage to inclusivity as it is Pride at the moment. I personally, could have done without the cover songs/songs she has released recently with other artists such as Solo with Clean Bandit for songs from past albums but they did work really well live. I was particularly impressed with ‘Fall in Line’ which she has released with Christina Aguilera as the message really rang clear when hearing it live.
I thought the whole concept of the show was really well put together. She changed outfits four times but all the breaks were filled well with either little solos or showcases from her band and dancers along with some quirky video clips that she had filmed. She is such a beautiful human being, I was speechless with how good she looked. As it was the last night of the tour we also got to see some tour pranks from Demi and the dancers such as her going for them with a water gun and them bringing on bananas for Cool For the Summer. It was nice to see the funny side of her shine through.
I was singing and dancing my heart out the whole time, completely in awe of her talent, beauty and strength as both an individual and a performer. I was impressed with how well I was holding it together. However, then she gave a little speech about how much her fans mean to her and how we are the benefit she has over other artists as she has never seen a fan base that is as passionate as hers. She then started to play the opening chords of Warrior and I lost it. I physically sobbed. This song means the world to me and I relate to every lyric. It sounds stupid but hearing her sing this and being in that room listening to the lyrics and the emotion she portrayed made me feel like I finally gained closure on a lot of things that have happened in my life.
She also played a new song called ‘Sober’ which is an apology to her family, fans and herself for breaking 6 years of sobriety recently. I was watching her and you could literally see the disappointment and shame on her face which made me so sad. There’s a lyric in the songs that says “I’m sorry to the fans I’ve lost” and when she sang it we all screamed at the top of our lungs and looking around people were waving signs that said ‘we are still here’ and it was so emotional. Demi has taught me to be strong, brave and confident in myself even when things have been the darkest. It’s our turn now to support her through a tough time.
She ended the show on a high with the two big hits from TMYLM. Sorry Not Sorry has been an anthem for me this year when dealing with petty drama and ridiculous people so I was living for this performance. Tell Me You Love Me to close was absolutely phenomenal and she took the end vocals to the next level, like seriously she hit notes way up in the heavens in her chest voice effortlessly. There are videos over on my Instagram to prove it!
Overall, it was a night I will never forget and I now have even more love for Demi as a person and performer (if that’s even possible). Alex was even impressed and couldn’t say a bad word about her vocals! My only regret is not being able to afford a tour t shirt as I get one at every concert I go to and they were lovely but unfortunately I really don’t have the funds at the moment. I’ll have to get one the next time I see her which hopefully won’t be too long!
Do you have a favourite artist that you love like I love Demi?