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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Concert Review: TOVE LO

The first time I heard a Tove Lo song, I immediately fell in love. It was March 2015, I was driving in my car and her song “Talking Body” played. That’s when I knew I had to see her live.IMG_6234

Fast-forward seven months on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. As the rain filled the busy streets of Seattle, so did Tove Lo fans. Sprinting to stand in line, around one thousand people were chatting, huddling under jackets and umbrellas filling the sidewalk in the Sodo District.

Light illuminated the street from the billboard that was hanging above the entrance of the Showbox SODO reading, “TOVE LO TONIGHT: SOLD OUT.”

Just after 7 p.m. the security staff opened the doors as everyone began to cheer and rush inside.

I have been to the Showbox at least 20 times for concerts, and yet each time it ceases to amaze me. Walking in, the first thing that popped out was the tremendous wood beams hanging on the ceiling and the architectural design of the brick walls.

The stage lies opposite of the doors and the lounge is to the left of the stage, where a lot of the people charged toward once they got in.

What I love most about the venue is how intimate and close you can get to the artist. The fact that it is smaller makes the vocals sound clearer, and more engaging to the audience.

Over the people chatting and taking pictures, Michael Jackson was blaring out of the speakers.

As soon as Michael Jackson stopped playing, red and blue lights started flashing into the crowd. A woman with long brown hair wearing a leotard, tights, and a leather jack sauntered to front stage.

When she reached the mic, she threw her hands up and said, “What’s up Seattle? How you all doing?” The crowd screamed and she reciprocated by, “That’s what I thought.”

Tove Lo started out the night with her hit single, “Habits.” As she was singing the backdrop on the screen behind her were playing videos of people at the club dancing which corresponded with the lyrics to the song.

Her performances were very visual and interactive. She was constantly asking the crowd questions, getting them to dance or shout keeping them engaged. Blue, red, green and all sorts of lights were blaring out into the crowd and flashing to the beat.

My favorite performance of the night was her hit single, “Talking Body.” This song is provocative, so when she performed it live, her dance moves followed in step. The whole crowd was shouting out the lyrics in sync to Tove Lo. It was amazing.

Tove Lo’s performance cemented my love for her and the Showbox Venue. If you ever have the chance to either go see Tove Lo or go to a concert at the Showbox I highly recommend it.

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