On Saturday 16th June 2018, Demi Lovato brought her Tell Me You Love Me World Tour to Manchester. The much-anticipated tour marks the 25-year-old’s first headline run in the UK, in support of her sixth studio album Tell Me You Love Me, released in 2017.
Demi is someone who has inspired me for a number of years, giving me strength and courage with both her music and her honesty about her struggles with mental health. So when my friend Gabby won Deichmann’s competition to win 2 tickets to the show (complete with accommodation and transport) and she invited me along with her, I was beside myself with excitement.
We checked into Innside hotel at around 4pm and made our way straight to the wellness suite. The suite features a Finnish sauna, aromatic steam room, gym and relaxation area. We opted for a relaxing half an hour in the sauna before heading back up to our room to get ready.
Deichmann had kindly arranged a taxi to pick us up and take us to Manchester arena at 6pm. From then, we went to meet one of Demi’s management team, Andre, to pick up our tickets. Now, it was at this exact point we realised just how special our night was going to be. We were handed VIP passes and led through to backstage, where Andre took us to the side stage viewing area.
Australian singer-songwriter JOY. opened the show before Jax Jones turned the arena into The Warehouse Project. Both artists were loved by the audience, warming up the crowd nicely for Demi, who took the stage at around 9pm.
Demi opened her set with You Don’t Do It for Me Anymore and Daddy Issues before going into the super-sexy hits Cool for the Summer and Sexy Dirty Love.
Next up was Heart Attack followed by Give Your Heart a Break, which featured a kiss-cam where Demi explained “So I’ve brought this thing from the United States called a kim cam and now I don’t care if you’re a boy with a boy, a girl with a girl or a boy with a girl, if you get on that kiss cam you’ve better kiss the person next to you.”
Coming back on stage in a sparkly boxer robe and braids, Demi strutted around the stage while belting out the self-positivity jam Confident.
After a few more fan favourites from TMYLM, Jax Jones joined Demi on stage for Instruction before performing her hits she featured on with Luis Fonsi and Clean Bandit, Échame la culpa and Solo.
Slowing things down a little and sitting at a piano, Demi gave a moving speech about mental health before singing Warrior, a very personal song that has a lot of meaning behind it.
Paying tribute to the tragic attack that took place at Manchester Arena last year, a teary Demi spoke about how proud she is of Manchester and gave a touching performance of Skyscraper.
Demi Lovato is someone who has given me hope and strength for as long as I can remember. I always knew she was going to be incredible live but nothing could’ve ever prepared me for how incredible last night was. Having the opportunity to watch from side stage was absolutely phenomenal and is something I’ll never, ever forget. This snap was taken during Skyscraper, which she dedicated to Manchester and was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. @ddlovato Thank you so much to @deichmann_uk for hooking us up! 🙏🏻💖
After a quick outfit change, the hit single Sorry Not Sorry turned the arena into a massive dance party before finishing things off in the perfect way with the power ballad Tell Me You Love Me.
I’m already super excited for the next tour and after the surprise release of the phenomenal Sober, a song full of raw emotion yesterday, I’m certain whatever Demi has planned next will be just as powerful, strong and honest as she is.
The Tell Me You Love Me World Tour continues until November 2018 in Europe, United States and Latin America.