Last night Halsey sold-out Chicago’s Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, marking another memorable visit for the emerging star. With performances of some of her biggest hits and fan favorites, we captured some of our favorite moments from the entire night (read our full review here).
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and peep the remaining tour dates here.
It was a good night in Chicago, as Halsey brought her headlining hopeless fountain kingdom tour with the talented PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX, to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL last night. Selling out the 18,500-capacity venue and touring the country with two of her favorite artists, after performing for a Chicago crowd of 1,000 at The Vic just a couple years ago, Halsey’s growth and success has increased exponentially since she released her debut album, Badlands, in 2015.
But to say that last night was all about the headliner would be an understatement, as Halsey was in good company from the moment the show started to the time curtains dropped for her headlining set. Charli XCX got the night started with a half hour of her biggest singles to date, including ‘Boom Clap’ and ‘I Love It’. XCX surprised her Chicago fans during her Lollapalooza performance this past summer, as she brought out Halsey during her set, so it was only right that the two join forces for Halsey’s biggest tour of her career.
After Charli XCX got the party started, it was time for the party next door, literally. While PartyNextDoor may not share as similar of a fan base as Halsey and Charli XCX, Halsey could not have picked a more talented artist to join her tour. Signed to Drake’s OVO Sound, PND has penned tracks for Rihanna, Beyonce, Usher, DJ Khaled, Drake and many more. And even with mega-hits on his resume, Party still saves some of his best tracks for his solo work. With his critically acclaimed self-titled projects (most recently 2016’s PartyNextDoor 3), Party has built a strong fan base with his exceptional lyrics and talented vocals.
And all his talent was on display tonight, as PartyNextDoor delivered a roughly 10-track set. But instead of taking credits from some of your favorite artist’s hit singles, PND left his writing credits at the door and won the crowd over with his voice and performance skills rather than name dropping his collaborators. Party wowed the crowd with performances of ‘Recognize’, ‘Persian Rugs’, ‘Sex On The Beach’ and many more.
The road PartyNextDoor taking might not be the shortest one, but once he fully gets to his destination, he will be a star. While he wins crowds over, arena-after-arena and song-after-song, expect the Canadian singer-songwriter to continue to show the world that he is one of music’s most underrated rising stars.
Of course, last but not least it was time for Halsey to greet her Windy City fans. Each time the ‘Bad at Love’ singer visits Chicago she debuts a new hairstyle and showcases her growth as a performer. From supporting Imagine Dragons at the United Center, to Lollapalooza performances, to performing for a crowd of 1,000 at The Vic, last night was the cherry on top of Halsey’s memorable visits to Chicago. Early in the show Halsey confessed her love for Chi-town, and dubbed the show the loudest of the entire tour, while noting that she wasn’t just one of those artists that lies and tells that to every city. And given the relationship Halsey has had with the city in the past few years, we have zero reason to doubt her.
Throughout the night, Halsey performed the majority of tracks from her second studio, hopeless fountain kingdom, where the tour get its name. Not only did Halsey choose a setlist that differed from the previous stops on the tour, Halsey catered her set to the true fans that filled the arena and not just the casual fan. Although she played her mega-hit and Chainsmokers collaboration ‘Closer’, even Halsey had to admit that it was annoying how overplayed the track was on the radio. It’s rare that an artist is so relatable and funny, while also taking a jab at themselves, but it worked. Having said that, her stripped down performance of ‘Closer’ was one of the highlights of the entire night.
As Halsey performed everything from the new to the old and the hits and the B-side, she took control of the arena and proved that no stage is too big for the emerging star. And with a visit to the B-stage and even a trek through the audience to give hugs and take selfies, everyone in attendance was in a good position to have a great night. If you didn’t get your tickets in time for Halsey’s sold-out show, you certainly missed out, but history would suggest that Halsey will be back in Chicago in less than a year’s time.
Check out the remaining dates of the hfk tourhere.
It’s starting to get cold in the Windy City but the live music scene is getting hotter than ever. We’re months removed from the summer festival season, but Chi-town is bringing some of the biggest artists in the world to the city for some amazing shows.
From Red Bull Sound Select’s “30 Days In Chicago” series, with concerts from Migos, Lil Yachty, 6LACK and the big reunion of the Big Tymers (to name a few), to some big headlining arena shows from The Weeknd, Halsey, Guns N Roses and more, Chicago (and the surrounding areas) are delivering some of the best concerts of the year in November.
Check out our list of the 12 can’t miss concerts in Chicago this month!
In support of her forthcoming sophomore album, hopeless foundation kindom, Halsey has announced her huge headlining tour, which will roll throughout North America this fall. With support from Charli XCX and OVO Sound singer PartyNextDoor, Halsey will kick off her arena tour on September 29th in Uncasville, CT and will make stops in Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Dallas and many more, until the tour concludes on November 22nd in Cleveland.
Tickets for the hopefound foundation kindom tour will go on sale for the general public on May 12th via www.hfktour.com, and with every pair of tickets purchased online, fans will have access to redeem (1) physical copy of her new album.
Check out the dates for Halsey’s North American tour with PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX below.
This month we wrapped up our second straight year at Bonnaroo, teaming up with our friends at Pigeons And Planes to cover The Farm’s 15th Anniversary. And while we already shared some of our favorite moments live from the premiere Tennessee festival, we wanted to share more photos of some of our favorite performances this year. With memorable sets from Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem, Dead & Company, Ellie Goulding, J. Cole, Haim, Anderson East, Post Malone and St. Lucia, just to name a few, this was certainly a Bonnaroo to remember.
Check out our fourth Bonnaroo Photo Series of 2016, of Halsey’s Tennesee performance.
If you couldn’t get wristbands in time for Lollapalooza’s huge 25th Anniversary or if you just want to extend your Lollapalooza plans, don’t worry because the premiere Chicago music festival has announced over 50 aftershows/parties featuring 110+ artists. With some awesome intimate performances from some of the lineup’s best artists, including Jane’s Addiction, Major Lazer Soundsystem (Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire), X Ambassadors, The 1975, Mac Miller, Halsey, Vince Staples and many more, you can catch some memorable performances at some of Chicago’s best and most historic venues.
There is nothing more exciting than when the Coachella lineup drops. Even if you aren’t traveling to Indio to see it for yourself, Coachella often paves the way for how music festival lineups will look like in the summer to come. Coachella always goes big, continuing to live up to its reputation of America’s premiere music festival, and this year is no exception.
Coming to Coachella this year will be some big headliners (new and old) including LCD Soundsystem, Guns N’ Roses, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding Jack U, Disclosure, Ice Cube, Sia, and Major Lazer. Also performing this year will be Sufjan Stevens, G-Eazy, Rae Sremmurd, James Bay, Halsey, A$AP Rocky, Vince Staples, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Death Grips to name a few.
If you don’t have your tickets yet, learn more about how to purchase tickets to Coachella here!
Following an arguably weak year for albums, 2015 has seen a lot of great projects and many unexpected ones as well. While this year we saw the highly anticipated return of Adele, patient fans are still awaiting Frank Ocean’s sophomore album and Kanye West’s Swish. But where Frank and Kanye have left music fans hanging, new comers like Bryson Tiller, Alessia Cara, GoldLink, BOOTS, Halsey and more have put out some great albums to help kick off their relatively young careers. 2015 though was also a great year for some heavyweights, of course we’re referring to artists like Drake, Future, Kendrick Lamar and even pop superstars like One Direction and Justin Bieber. In just one day, November 13th, the music world saw more great releases than it did in a span of months in 2014. Cheers to hoping 2016 delivers as well as 2015 did!
On the edge of becoming today’s biggest breakout artist, Halsey brought her Badlands tour to her familiar crowd of Chicago, at The Vic Theatre last night. Originally a one night stop, an additional day was added due to a sold out venue. In just a span of one year, Halsey has exploded into the mainstream limelight and has taken the world by storm, become a voice of this generation.
We first saw Halsey this past summer in support of the Imagine Dragons’ Smoke + Mirrors tour and Halsey then was set for stardom. Since then the young New Jersey artist has had quite the year. Dropping her debut album Badlands, the world has heard how Halsey sounds and they love it. Debuting at number 2 on the charts, right behind The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness, Badlands was well received by critics and fans alike.
Halsey’s growing popularity is well-deserved, it’s also setting her up for many milestones. Just this week alone, Halsey made a major announcement, that she will be ending her tour at the legendary Madison Square Garden. She also announced her collaboration with Justin Bieber on his new song ‘The Feeling’, which is produced by Skrillex and set to debut on his forthcoming album.
With a packed Vic Theatre, filled with insanely loved Halsey fans, Halsey put on a shot so mesmerizing that you had to be there to believe it.
Opening the night was indie pop band, Flor, from Los Angeles. Flor members Zach grace, McKinley Kitts, Kyle Hill and Dylan William warmed up the sold out crowd with their indie pop melodies. Originally from Hood River, Oregon, this young band took a leap of faith and moved to L.A. for a chance at music stardom. With much success in a short time, Flor has released many songs through their Soundcloud and now they are leaving Chicago with new fans. Their setlist included: ‘Get Behind This’, ‘Warm Blood’, ‘Ocean, Gotta Give’, ‘Back Again’, ‘Unsaid’ and ‘Heart’.
Halsey’s set was northing short of mesmerizing. Her fierce delivery was met with sheer passion her live performance. She captivated the audience s they sang word-for-word for every one of Halsey’s songs throughout the night. The Vic Theatre’s dim lighting created a personal feeling that complemented well with Halsey’s special demeanor. Performing a number of records from her debut album, Halsey also featured songs from her Room 93 EP.
Halsey’s set list for the night included: ‘Gasoline’, ‘Hold Me Down’, ‘Castle’, ‘Strange Love’, ‘Haunting’, ‘Roman Holiday’, ‘Control’, ‘Drive’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Is There Somewhere’, ‘Colors’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘New Americana’, ‘Young God’, and ‘Young Die’ for her encore.
Only time can tell how big Halsey will get with her unique sound and personality. One driving factor in Halsey’s success is her incredibly passionate fan base. Many fans relate to Halsey for her real and troubling material in her songs. A true voice to this generation, Halsey speaks for many that are captivated by her music.
Check out more photos (by Jesus Montero/The Early Registration) below and see if Halsey is coming to a city near you here.
Halsey is on to something. She has oriented herself with fans via the internet as so many musicians do in our day and age. She is similar and different. Her approach is poppy and catchy while her style is sensual and dark, especially when considering she is 20 years young. Her debut album hits both on the highs of self-empowerment and the lows of relations with people and darkness in the world — especially the latter of those two.