I’ve never seen someone silence a room as quickly as when Passenger began singing while on stage the other day. His voice immediately made the room go quiet and the crowd was immediately amazed. I have gone to a lot of shows, A LOT of shows, but I have never been to a show where NO side conversations could be heard. This was my second time seeing Passenger live and he was just as astounding as the first time.
His set up is simple; it’s just himself and his guitar. Yet, he commands the stage as soon as he steps foot on it. The night was full of; times he forgot lyrics, curse words he was unapologetic of, contagious energy, emotions that got caught in my throat, countless thank you’s from Passenger and an audience that was extremely present and in the moment. During the songs that had more of a mellow tone, the audience felt like it was collectively holding its breath; completely in awe of the man before us. Then the upbeat songs would come around and the room would burst with energy and the singing was passionate … and out of tune (or was that just me?)
Passenger’s success is fairly new and he makes it apparent that a crowded room full of his fans still surprises him. When people sing along to his songs, he still gets an incredulous look on his face and if anything that fact alone makes him incredibly like-able. The night was everything that I could of wished for and more; not only is he a beautiful singer but he’s funny and quick-witted. The standout moment of the night was when he walked into the crowd and sang a song while he was feet away from me (video on my Instagram: @juliexplores).
The setlist consisted of older songs like “I Hate” and “Riding to New York” plus some new songs off of his upcoming album. Of course he performed “Let Her Go” and the room collectively felt a lot during that song. Towards the end of the show he gave a speech about people that are creators (writers, singers, actors, etc.) and the fact that it can, at times, be a discouraging path. He encouraged the creators to continue taking the steps towards success, to not give up and this speech is just what I needed. Last week Adele and this week Passengers hits me with a speech about pursuing my dream, I think The Universe is trying to tell me something.
This is an artist you need to witness live. Passenger will take you on a ride that you absolutely need to go on. He is a subtle artist but you will leave his show with a new perspective and a lighter spirit. I urge you to go to his Facebook page HERE and see if he is touring to a city near you.