Photo by Matty Vogel
Billie Eilish took her ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO’ tour to Budweiser Stage in Toronto on Tuesday, June 11. The singer has gone from playing small festival stages, to sold-out large venues within just a year.
The show was originally scheduled to happen at RBC Echo Beach, but was relocated to Budweiser Stage due to high demand. I can confidently predict that her next performance will be at the Scotiabank Arena, as a result of her large scale popularity among a variety of age groups.
As much as I loved her debut album, I still questioned the hype of Billie Eilish as I was going to see this concert. I was doing this not necessarily on a scale of validity, but rather- what is the immense draw? I knew there was something I was missing, and I was eager to capture this.
Now that I’ve seen the show, I get it. I understand her talent for being just 17 years old, the detail and creativity that has been put into her image, along with the visuals to coincide with the dark aesthetic of her live show. I understand how much more impressive her vocals are in a live setting, which totally drew me in. I was impressed on the record, but I questioned if it would sound that way live (it sounded better.)
Billie Eilish is a triple threat, and I understand why so many young girls are drawn to her. Eilish brings something different to the current Pop music scene, which is alternative pop. The music her and her brother Finneas produce is something that has not been done before. Between her badass image, and for her to bring something to the table that has not been done before in a genre- THAT is the draw.
I’ve heard a lot of talk about her being an ‘industry plant.’ At first this bothered me, but I came to realize that I just don’t really care. It’s no secret that she has many connections in the music industry from her family, but who cares? This is exactly what the pop music scene needs right now. Additionally, this is the kind of example her younger fan-base can truly benefit from, which is someone who is unapologetically who they want to be, and straying away from societal norms.
Over the course of this show, I realized that something really stood out to me, which was the amount of people on their phones. In all honesty I’m not used to attending shows with a younger crowd, so is this how every concert is for this age demographic? If so, it’s quite alarming.
I remember walking through the lawns to find a friend of mine, and just trying to get through so many people, in which probably over half of them had their phones in the air.
In no way am I trying to be a hypocrite- I am guilty of this as well. I used to be on my phone and take many videos of concerts I was at, but because I realized how much I was straying away from being present at these shows, I realized I had to limit myself. It’s fun to capture these memories not only to share them with friends, but to be able to look back at them in the future. With that being said, is there much of a point in attending if you’re going to film and photograph the entire show from your phone? I cannot imagine how I would feel if I was on stage touring every night, just to look at a crowd of phones.
I thought that maybe I was overreacting, until Eilish made a speech about this before an emotionally breathtaking performance of ‘when the partys over’, ending in “Be in the moment-fuck put down your phones!”
Going forward, if you’re hesitant on attending a Billie Eilish show, just go. You won’t regret it!