In this First Concert Ever segment, the singer-songwriter, Will Linley, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
I don’t think it’s possible to ever forget your first concert experience. The smells, the people, the music, the energy, it all sticks with you for the rest of your life. My first concert was watching Justin Bieber at Cape Town stadium. I didn’t really know what to expect at all, as I didn’t know much of his songs besides “Baby” but I can assure you, I left that concert as a converted fan of Mr. Justin Bieber!
I remember sitting in my seat chatting to my brothers when all of a sudden the lights went out, the crowd erupted and a massive countdown began on the big screen. 10 minutes till showtime, then 9, then 8. I watched that clock tick down slowly. Until there was one minute left. Fireworks started going off, the band began to play the intro, screams of “MARRY ME JUSTIN” echoing around me, and suddenly there he was, center stage, the biggest artist in the world began performing.
I was so taken aback by his ease at performing. He seemed to have mastered the art of it over his many years of experience. His vocals were smooth, his dancing was smooth, the whole show worked in perfect harmony and I couldn’t quite believe my eyes, and ears too!!
He performed for an hour and a half and not once did his energy fade. He had multiple costume changes and always kept the audience on their toes. At one point he even played a drum solo!
I think something that really stuck with me was seeing the way he was able to create moments throughout his show. There were so many opportunities for his audience to connect with him. Moments of quiet, intimate talking, to big show-stopping numbers. There was something for everyone and I really enjoyed that.
I will never forget that experience and I will honestly hold it with me for the rest of my life and I hope one day I can have a show that impacts people the way his show impacted me as a young musician and fan.