Ariana Grande, Live in Philadelphia

Imagine this: You’re in your marketing class, and you just remembered that Ariana Grande’s concert tickets DROPPED that morning. She’s playing only an hour away from you at Wells Fargo Center on March 26th, which is also less than a week away from your twentieth birthday.


Yeah, that was me, and you better believe I whipped out my emergency credit card to buy two of the cheapest tickets for her concert. Before you ask...yes, it was THAT much of an emergency – It was a very early birthday present from me TO ME.


Fast forward to March 26th and I’m beyond excited. I’m going to see a QUEEN live in concert, and I already know she’s going to be good. I had already seen clips and videos from the first few Sweetener Tour concerts, but I knew they wouldn’t be as good as seeing her live. So, my best friend and I drove to Philly, we waited in line, we got to our seats, we did a little more waiting, the lights went down, and everyone screamed.


The concert opened up with a duo called Social House. I really didn’t know any of their music, but their songs were super chill and had really nice vibes. Next up was Normani, a former member of Fifth Harmony, and she d e l i v e r e d. Normani served us with amazing dance moves, a voice that was smoother than butter, and a talented crew of black female musicians and dancers. Her set included her song “Love Lies” with Khalid, her song “Dancing with a Stranger” with Sam Smith, some Fifth Harmony songs, and a Rihanna Medley. She really snapped when she didn’t have to and I’m so glad she did, because when she left, so did my wig.


After Normani left the stage, the energy of the crowd was unbelievable. Everyone was ready for Ariana and the anticipation of her entrance kept everyone on their feet. Before we knew it, “Raindrops (an angel cried)” blasted through the arena, and she transitioned right into “God is a woman” with her choreography from the VMAs.


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Her entire concert was everything I expected and more. From her visuals to her vocals, you could tell that Ariana and her team worked so, so hard to bring a show that was worth everything. Her stage lit up with graphics of the moon and space, home videos, and of course, hot pink lights. I felt like a mom taking pictures of the stage!


Many artists today sound good in the recording studio, but when they’re singing live, it’s like they have no talent. This was NOT the case for Ariana. She sounded so good live, especially when she was dancing and running around the stage. You could tell that she loved what she was doing, and she loved her fans even more. She’s a human and unapologetic about who she is, and to see that from such a huge pop culture influence is amazing.


Ariana did not disappoint her fans. Anyone who is planning on buying tickets should buy them ASAP because you won’t regret it. From a death drop to outfit changes to whistle tones, you’re sure to enjoy the show, because I know I did.