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Shawn Mendes Live at Mohegan Sun Review

Ever since he released his most recent single “Senorita,” Shawn Mendes has been trending all over social media. Between the addictive song and the rumored (and hopefully real) relationship between him and Camilla Cabello, fans attending his recent shows have been losing their minds. As a fan myself, I ended my summer by seeing his headlining “Shawn Mendes” tour in CT. This was the last show of the North American leg of the tour, and the energy was truly unforgettable. 


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The show opened with the talented and energetic Alessia Cara, who is another young artist with tremendous talent. She performed the hit “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney film Moana. She also debuted a few new songs that the audience couldn’t get enough of. 

Shawn opened his set with his hit “Lost in Japan” which completely captivated the audience and got them all on their feet singing along. Bracelets were distributed as everyone entered the arena, and as his set began, they all lit up to match the mood of the song. These lighted bracelets changed their colors throughout the entire show, and it was refreshing to see them instead of everyone taking out their phone flashlights during a song (plus these were way more entertaining! They changed colors to fit the lighting scheme of each song!).


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His B-stage was beautifully decorated with a massive rose, which completely fits his beautiful and enchanting aesthetic. On this second stage, he appeared with a piano and played a medley of his older songs, including the hit “Life of the Party”. Personally, this was one of my favorite parts of the show. As a long-time fan it was amazing to hear parts of those songs that he recorded at 16, and perform them now as a more well-rounded performer and grown individual. 


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Another highlight of the show was his performance of “Youth”. Mid-song he had stopped to give a speech about how young people, and all people for that matter, have the power to change this world. That we all have the power to create an impact and make an effort toward a better future for ourselves and those around us. Hearing someone who is seen so highly in the media preach something so powerful and important to so many young people was truly inspiring, and how well-spoken he was shocked many of the parents around me. 


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The show concluded with a breathtaking performance of  “In My Blood”. It was truly evident throughout the night that Shawn was having a blast on stage, but it all REALLY came through in this song. It was filled with passion and emotion, and the audience singing along made it even better. At the end of the song, confetti cannons created an even more dramatic effect on the audience and posed a powerful ending to a wonderful night. If I had the chance to see him live again I definitely would as it was one of my favorite concerts that I have attended.

Carina Fresa is a current Senior honors student at Suffolk University. Originally from Connecticut, she has truly found a home in Boston. She is the multi-media coordinator for Rampage Show Choir, as well as a participant in Her Campus and the Union of Designers, Operators and Technicians. Carina loves music, film, reading and writing. She also enjoys dedicating time to helping animals, and worked at her local cat shelter back in CT.
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