He started off by posting Covers on Vine in 2013 and by 2017, at the ripe age of eighteen, Shawn Mendes is a household name. With several chart-topping hits and a plethora of awards, the Canadian teen really is Something Big.
I saw Shawn twice during his UK and Ireland leg of the Illuminate World Tour. Firstly in Manchester back in April and then luckily I was able to plan my trip to Dublin with Ireland.com so I was able to see him again while I was there. It is no secret that he is one of my favourite artists ever and I am so incredibly inspired by his music, so I am delighted to be able to share my concert experience with you.
Starting off with his newest hit There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back, the atmosphere was electric from the second he walked on stage. The 23,000 capacity arena was in high spirits and singing along from the get-go.
Going straight into some of his older songs, Mendes wowed with The Weight before giving a heartfelt speech before the inspirational A Little Too Much. During Bad Reputation, it was time for Mendes’ band to shine and show they’re just as brilliant as the main man himself with a powerful instrumental that’ll give you goose bumps.
The B Stage was an intimate setting with Mendes performing a medley from his debut album Handwritten along with a cover of Ed Sheeran’s- one of Mendes’ inspirations- number-one hit Castle On The Hill. Three Empty Words left the audience in awe with his emotive performance of the Illuminate hit. You could hear a pin drop in the room as his phenomenal vocals filled the arena.
The hits continued as he belted out the chart-topping hits Stiches and Mercy in addition to many of the fan favourites from Illuminate and Handwritten, such as Roses, Don’t Be A Fool and Never Be Alone.
Ending his set with Treat You Better, the performance started with a stunning piano rendition that showcased his talents.
Throughout his set, the audience were so passionate, at parts it was hard to hear Mendes singing over the sound of the crowd screaming his lyrics back to him. Mendes has an incredible stage presence and has a way of making his performance seem extremely personal. He radiated happiness throughout the night and it was so heart warming to see how much impact the eighteen-year-old has in the world of music.
The Illuminate World Tour continues in London tomorrow.