I haven’t written a post in a music category for quite some time, but that’s about to change because, on Friday, I went to Rihanna’s ANTI tour show in Warsaw, and really want to tell you about it!
I and a couple of my friends started our journey on an early Friday morning and took an almost 7h drive from Lithuania to the capital of Poland. The road trip was going smoothly, though I cannot say the same about the Polish roads – they are awful and constantly under construction, so we did encounter a few traffic jams.
After arriving in Warsaw and checking into our hostel, we went straight to the stadium – PGE Narodowy. We entered the queue at around 4pm and stood in an extremely hot sun (above 30 degrees Celsius) for 1,5h. At around 6pm we finally reached our ‘seats’/standing places in the first sector, called Golden Circle. We managed to get a spot around 10 meters from the stage and prepared for another 6 hours of waiting, standing and dancing. Before entering the stadium, I had a mini heart attack because my ticket wasn’t scanning properly, so I had to go the security where everyone was trying to speak Polish to me, while I was shouting ‘English, English, please’.
The temperature inside the stadium wasn’t much different from the outside heat. Plus, standing in the crowd is never a pleasant time, so by the time the concert ended and I was dehydrated to the max and really gross and sweaty.
The show started just after 7pm as it was advertised. The first part of the opening act was a 40minute set by DJ Mustard. After a short break, DJ was joined by Big Sean for another 50 minutes of craziness. I’m not even a fan of rap music but was having a time of life during this set. When the European leg of the tour was announced, The Weeknd was listed as one of the opening acts, however, he dropped out a few months prior to the show. The saddest part is that I and one of my friends bought the tickets to this show because we wanted to see The Weeknd the most. Well, at leat Rihanna didn’t drop out of her own show.
Rihanna took to the stage at around 9.30 and performed for 1,5h without stopping. She talked to the audience for a few minutes but not nearly as much as the other performers I’ve seen. She danced a lot and had like 4 or 5 outfit changes: all of her costumes were pantsuits with oversized and shapeless capes or jackets.
The decorations of the stage were minimalistic: mirrors, some lights, a see-through flying corridor and a wall of mousse and soap and bubbles. The singer was joined on stage by a live band, 3 backup singers and a bunch of dancers with no bones – they were amazing.
Rihanna performed her newest songs from the ANTI album like Work and Kiss it Better. She also sang her old hits like Umbrella, Diamonds (my fav song of her) and We Found Love. I, personally, haven’t listened to the ANTI album much so I was basically waiting for all of her old songs. However, I still enjoyed the concert and the whole experience immensely and the fact that I got to share it with two of my friends made the night even better.
I would probably rank Rihanna’s concert at no.3 on my list of live shows. Lady GaGa’s The Born This Way Ball and One Republic’s The Native Tour are still my no.1 and no.2 shows respectively. Rihanna is followed by Enrique Iglesias’s, Ed Sheeran’s, Kylie Minogue’s, Loreen’s and Lana Del Rey’s live concerts.
Bellow, you will find a gallery of photos from the events and I will also include links to a few YouTube videos I’ve uploaded from the concert. My next post will either be a review of the new Woody Allen film or a sightseeing post about Warsaw.
Have a great week!