By: Nevra Azerkan
The 97.1 AMP Radio Halloween Masquerade sold-out within 10 minutes of tickets going on-sale. I can’t say that’s very surprising when you have Ellie Goulding, Psy and Rita Ora performing, but those who missed out had a good reason to shed tears for hours.
Being that it was a Halloween Masquerade everyone went all out on their costumes. The artists themselves donned modest outfits that resembled toned down costumes with the exception of PSY, but really, he is his own costume. A DJ kept the crowd active before the first act came on.
I have seen Rita Ora live before and it made me an instant fan, so I was really excited to see her again. She was all smiles when she got onstage in her sparkly outfit and looked ready to start the party. The thing with Rita is she genuinely looks like she is having a blast during her performance. She completely works the stage on all sides and even throws herself down on the ground all the while still singing without missing a beat. It’s extremely entertaining and gets the fans screaming. Some of the tracks she sang include: “How We Do”, “RIP”, and “Roc the Life”.
We all thought PSY would be next, but it was Ellie Goulding who took the stage. She was the act that I was most stoked to see and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. Everyone wants to see her and so it’s become a challenge for many concert-goers. Her shows sell out in a matter of seconds, so I lucked out on being able to attend this one. Her voice is so exquisite and sounds very much the same live. Listening to her belt out “Lights” and “Anything Could Happen” was worth it alone. When she sings, it’s as if she’s in her own little world and enjoying the hell out of it. She wasn’t the only one either; the crowd was with her the entire way. Her set list included (in no particular order): “Figure 8”, “Lights”, “Only You”, “My Blood”, “Anything Could Happen” and “Starry Eyed”.
Lastly, PSY came out. I actually got to see him before he appeared everywhere at a Pre-VMA party when The Wanted brought him onstage to perform. I had never heard of him before and I thought he was a trip. By now everyone and their grandparents have heard “Gangnam Style”, but this was his first show where he had other tracks. To be honest, the only other song I recognized was “Champion” which I find just as catchy. The crowd seemed to be into it as well. But as predicted it wasn’t until he ended with “Gangnam Style” that everyone went nuts and started dancing. Just imagine a venue full of costumed people doing the dance to “Gangnam Style” and you can tell it was a good night.
The AMP Radio Halloween Masquerade was definitely a success. With Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Psy how could it be anything else? All three artists rose to the occasion to make the masquerade the place to be that night.