The music industry’s best kept secret, Halsey, stopped by Chicago for two nights in late October at the Vic on her sold-out Badlands tour. The 21-year-old singer, who seemingly popped up out of nowhere, has grown to be an incredibly popular artist in the past year, evidenced by a collaboration with Justin Bieber, a nearly sold-out show at Madison Square Garden and a line spanning at least four blocks past the venue (and it had looked like some people had been there all day, or longer). Supporting her on this tour is LA-based band Flor.
Fans cheered excitedly as Flor took the stage. Their indie-pop sound captured the attention of the audience and complemented the headliner well. Their set lasted half an hour and they played “Warm Blood,” “Ocean,” “Gotta Give,” “Back Again,” “Unsaid” and “Heart.” Their music was super catchy and I really enjoyed it—I’m definitely going to try and catch them the next time they come to Chicago.
It took another half-hour for Halsey to come onstage, but as soon as the lights went down—minutes before Halsey took the stage—the crowd erupted in high pitched, excited screams. She walked out and sang the first line of her song “Gasoline” and immediately the singing of the crowd was much louder than hers, which is a testament to exactly how excited everyone was to see her. Her stage setup and production was just as incredible as her performance, with visuals animated on LED panels and colored lights to match the mood and content behind each song. She went on to play most of the songs off of her debut album, Badlands, which was released back in August. Mixed in with that setlist were a few songs off 2014’s Room 93 EP like “Is There Somewhere” along with “Ghost” and “Hurricane” which also appear on Badlands. Although I’ve just gotten into Halsey, I loved every moment of this show—the excitement in the room was definitely contagious. I can’t say enough good things about Halsey, her music and her live performance. Halsey has made a huge mark on the music industry in a relatively short amount of time, which makes this appearance at this 1,400-capacity venue a special one. Selling out arenas next seems like a very real possibility.