Morgan Wallen Lights Up BST Hyde Park: A Night of Country Magic | REVIEW

Friday 5 July 2024

Morgan Wallen
BST Hyde Park

If there’s one thing that Morgan Wallen's concert at BST Hyde Park proved, it's that live music has a magical way of bringing people together. Having only dabbled in a few of Wallen's songs before attending, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. But by the end of the night, I was a converted fan, swept up in the collective joy and energy that only live music can create.

BST Hyde Park has a strict 10:30 pm curfew, which means performers have to make a tough choice: play as many songs as possible or spend time interacting with the crowd. Wallen masterfully did both. He packed his setlist with as many songs as he could, yet managed to sprinkle in some genuinely touching moments of interaction. Each brief pause felt intentional and heartfelt, winning over the audience every time.

One of the standout moments was when Wallen moved to a B-stage at the back of the golden circle. He explained he wanted to make eye contact with as many fans as possible, bringing an intimate feel to such a large-scale event. It was these little touches that made the evening feel special and sincere.

The music was a perfect mix of high-energy anthems and soulful ballads. Songs like 'Whiskey Glasses,' 'Last Night,' and '7 Summers' had the crowd singing along with infectious enthusiasm. Each track showcased Wallen's versatility, and it was clear that he poured his heart into every performance. It was a true celebration of country music, and the crowd couldn't get enough.

Visually, the show was a feast for the eyes. The lighting was spectacular, with lasers and wave-like smoke effects adding to the overall atmosphere. The graphics, while a bit random at times, used vibrant colour palettes that kept things interesting. The American-themed videos, featuring Wallen with a fish, a gun, and a golf club, added a fun and fitting touch, especially for a 4th of July performance, even if they were somewhat rogue choices.

Despite my initial unfamiliarity with his music, the sheer amount of joy I felt throughout the evening is a testament to Wallen's talent and the unifying power of live, communal music. The concert was not just a performance but a shared experience that brought people together, celebrating the joy of country music and live events.

Morgan Wallen's debut at BST Hyde Park was certainly a night to remember. His ability to blend energetic hits with heartfelt moments, combined with his genuine connection to the audience, made for an unforgettable experience. The quirky graphics and dazzling lighting only added to the charm. If you ever get the chance to see Morgan Wallen live, don’t hesitate – it’s an experience that will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Reviewed on Thursday 4th July 2024 by Olivia
Photo Credit: Olivia Mitchell

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