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Indie pop singer Halsey has become a fast rising star ever since her debut album “Badlands” was released in August and shot right to number two on the Billboard 200 charts. In fact, she’s built so much momentum; she’s already announced a headline date at New York’s Madison Square Garden for summer 2016. But before she takes to the world’s most famous arena, she is touring the US playing in intimate clubs and theaters.
On Saturday Halsey visited Boston’s House of Blues for one of the biggest shows capacity wise on her current tour. The first fans began lining up with sleeping back at 2:30am on Saturday morning. By the time doors opened the line to gain entry stretched the entirety of Lansdowne street and beyond. The hype in the room was tangible almost instantly and only grew as it got closer to the time
Halsey took the stage just after 8pm, she came out on stage to 2,500 screaming fans belting out the opening lyrics to her hit “Gasoline” bringing the anticipation to a fever pitch. Fan favorites like “Ghost” and “Castle” were met with thunderous cheers and screams, as well as the sound of Halsey’s loyal fans singing along at the top of their lungs. Those loyal fans stood out with their excitement, especially as Halsey played “Is There Somewhere” later in her set, a song that is one of her earliest works, being released on her “Room 93” EP. Halsey closed her main set with her youth anthem “New Americana” a song featuring lyrics like “We are the new Americana, raised on Biggie and Nirvana” that has become increasing popular with young fans. Halsey would return for a one song encore, playing “Young God” another incredibly popular track from her “Badlands” debut album that has helped contribute to her increasing popularity.
Halsey’s stage presence is already that of a seasoned pro, she moved about the stage interacting with her audience and displaying a swagger that takes most performers years to find. The attitude is there, the dance moves are there, the voice is definitely there. Halsey is a young star in the making, if she continues on the path she’s currently set for herself, you can expect to see her regularly headlining arenas and showing up awards shows like the Grammys or VMA’s.