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I have seen The 1975, 3x in concert (The Marquee Theater, The Gothic Theater, and Red Rocks) and they are always outstanding. My favorite moments at their concerts is when Matty stands on the drum set and head bangs while sometimes drinking out of a wine bottle. The first time I saw them was in a tiny theater with only a few hundred people, it was before they really took off and it was one of the best concerts I have seen.
I recently saw Chase Atlantic at the Summit Music Hall, they opened for Lights, and I was extremely impressed by their presence and their performance. I fan girled so hard and danced my heart out it was amazing! I can't wait for them to headline.
I saw Blackbear last year on his Digital Druglord Tour, and I also fan girled because I wanted to see him sooo bad! I saw him at the same venue I saw Chase Atlantic. The only complaint I have is that, there were lots of breaks in between songs were someone would DJ. It threw off the vibe a lot. We would get hyped that Blackbear was on stage and then were thrown into a whole different mood.
The Fray and OneRepublic were fabulous. I saw The Fray at Red Rocks which was magical. It was one of the coldest concerts I have been to, it is Red Rocks in June but the rain added to The Fray's already emotional vibe. I saw them once again at the First Bank Center (in which I was got box seats because of a personal thing). I have seen OneRepublic twice at Red Rocks, they never miss a beat and Ryan Tedder which his LED piano is unbeatable.
Cage The Elephant headlined 93.3's Big Gig concert they hold every year at the Fiddlers Green Amphitheater. The venue is one of my least favorite in Colorado due to the poor sound, visibility, and layout (most of the seats are in the grass and I am allergic). There were around 6 bands or so and Cage the Elephant was last. All said and done, the concert from start to finish was around 10 hours long... in the middle of the summer... I am not sure I would do that again but it was a good experience.
What can I say, Ed Sheeran is one of the greatest performers in my opinion when it comes to concerts. It is just him and his guitar/loop pedal. There is a screen in the background for some visual dynamics but otherwise he carries the show all on his own and he does a damn good job!
Cheat Codes was so much fun! They opened for Matoma, and I honestly enjoyed Cheat Codes performance much more. My partner and I were on the floor and I don't think we stopped dancing once. It was a constant party and they sounded just like their recordings. Plus, one of the band members was wearing a bunny head. Can't get better than that!
Coldplay was my very first concert ever which started my passion for going to them. I have loved Coldplay since I was in elementary school, Speed of Sound used to be my alarm sound in 4th grade. I saw them when I was in 5th grade at the Pepsi Center (which is also one of my least favorite venues). I sat in the nose bleed section but it didn't matter because I was having the time of my little life. My mom jokes now when I talk about it that everyone around was smiling and laughing because this little girl was dancing her butt off to Coldplay. The show was beautiful and their music was on point of course!
Honorable mentions: Seven Lions, Zedd, Illenium, Imagine Dragons, Years and Years, John Mayer (yeah yeah I know but I love his older music), Sam Smith, Two Door Cinema Club, Jaymes Young, and Tokyo Police Club!
I have seen all the honorable mentions in concert as well. And all of them were outstanding. I do have to say John Mayer was great except for he only played his newer music which I was disappointed about, since I feel safe saying most of us were there to sing and dance to his older music (which I think is way better). A lot of people were disgruntled and not dancing and having as much fun because of it.
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This photoshoot was so fun! I wore some galoshes and waded out in the river while Liam played guitar on a lawn chair. What a a crazy awesome experience!
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Red Rocks is one of my favorite places on earth and I love taking pictures of it. If you haven't seen a concert there you better add it to your bucket list!
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Grey Macey is a student who posts about lifestyle hacks mostly about college, music/entertainment, kittens, and photography!