Eager Utahns have been waiting since December to witness an angelic voice come to life. On Tuesday, the wait finally came to an end when Shawn Mendes took the stage at Vivant SmartHome Arena.
Shawn Mendes, the Canadian pop sensation put on an inspirational show. He was constantly reassuring the majority young audience the power of their youth. Mendes performed his famous song “Youth” featuring Khalid, adding a tender reminder before the bop.
The Daily Herald reported Mendes told the crowd the song is “a feeling, the feeling of freedom and the feeling of happiness.”
“Every single person in this room right now, every single one of you, you are the people that have the power to change the world for the better,” Mendes said. “It is up to us to stand our ground and to say that no matter what happens, our youth, our youth will not be taken away from us.”
The little token of motivation wasn’t directed to only the teenage fans–it was a gentle reminder to everyone. A man attending the concert with presumably his daughter was seen “holding his own as the crowd sang along with Mendes,” according to the Daily Herald.
The headliner created an atmosphere that had the audience on their feet dancing. Everyone was given a bracelet or an artificial rose to light up the venue throughout the show. Mendes made it an even more personal experience by occasionally throwing guitar picks out into the crown. Hit songs like “Stitches,” “If I Can’t Have You,” and “Treat You Better,” were a show of their own.
Opener Alessia Cara, most known for her song featured in Disney’s “Moana,” and collaboration with Zedd, took the stage by storm.
“I think we’re constantly comparing ourselves to other people, constantly wanting to be somebody else all the time and pinpointing all the things we don’t like about ourselves, and I don’t think we should be doing that,” Cara said according to the Daily Herald. “I just want you to know how important it is to celebrate yourself and love yourself unconditionally no matter what.”
In a text message exchange, Mendes told the crowd Khalid warned: “they go crazy in Salt Lake.” Salt Lake City is a hidden gem when it comes to concert crowds, often blowing expectations.
We know how to have fun, and we sure as heck know every word to songs.