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Ariana Grande Sweetener World Tour - Review


If you're reading this, you know that I am a huge Ariana Grande fan. For the last seven years, I have dreamed of getting to see her perform live in concert. The day finally arrived last month and it was totally worth the wait.


Grande opens the show singing the Sweetener introduction track, Raindrops, underneath the stage. Her impressive vocal ability is conveyed before she emerges with her dancers in tow to perform God is a Woman, continuing with the praised Last Supper themed choreography first seen in her 2018 MTV VMA's performance. This is most certainly one of her more breathtaking numbers, with Ariana blowing audiences away with her whistle note changes in the song's climax. The high-octane energy is continued with Bad Idea and Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm bored, with Ariana using sass and fantastic energy to work the crowd into an excited frenzy.


The show's first interlude arrives and the audience is entertained by an old home video of Grande's. From here, the mood takes a more chilled turn and Ariana simply sits on the edge of the stage as she sings R.E.M in a lullaby-like state. Clearly a crowd-pleaser, the popstar enjoyed the audience participation as she held her mic forward, encouraging them to sing along with her. Continuing with crowd favourites, the arena erupts as the first few notes of Be Alright are heard. The iconic choreography makes its appearance during each chorus and many excited fans can be seen copying the popstar's moments. Ariana then moves to the titular song from her 4th album Sweetener, following with Successful. These tracks, again, are more relaxed, and Grande absorbs the atmosphere of the room as she dances with the band. Suddenly, Grande's dancers bounce into action as she fiercely performs smash-hit Side to Side. This energy proceeds as she riles up the crowd while the first few bars of 7 Rings starts to play. With her dancers spray painting a bright pink convertible and shooting 7 Rings-themed bills from several cash cannons into the crowd, and Ariana donning her pink leather jacket, this number is truly the perfect way to finish the second set.

Electronic, R&B track Adore is played during the second interlude, a stark change from the vibrancy just seen on stage. The third set is opened with a bit of a throwback, with the singer performing the first verse and chorus from Love Me Harder before transitioning into Breathin. The live rendition of Breathin is a once in a lifetime experience, this again being one of the most talked-about songs from the set list as Grande wows the crowd with her vocal range and superb ability. After the large effort needed for the out of this world high notes just heard, Ariana takes another moment to chill out as she sings emotional number Needy, pouring her heart into the song's meaningful lyrics. The change of pace through Fake Smile and Make Up lets Grande channel her inner diva, holding her middle finger proudly in the air as she sings the sassy words to Fake Smile. She then performs a medley of some of her older tracks, featuring Right There, You'll Never Know and Break Your Heart Right Back, a treat for fans who have been following her since her Yours Truly era. Ariana and her dancers move right into the centre of the crowd as they animatedly sing NASA and make sure the audience is just as enraptured. The American popstar finishes the third set with a sweet rendition of fan favourite Only 1.


Despite not singing it live, fans still get to hear In My Head in the arena as part of the third interlude. Ariana returns to the stage with Everytime, blowing the crowd away once again with her powerful, jaw-dropping high notes. The energy is continued with The Light is Coming. Ariana used a Go-Pro camera to broadcast a different perspective onto the screens above the stage - something that was both immersive and refreshing. The fourth set is closed with uplifting Into You, a bouncy bop which always gets fans hyped.


The final interlude features a cover of Marilyn Munroe's My Heart Belongs to Daddy, which sounded absolutely unreal with the help of her band. Titular track from Grande's third album Dangerous Woman opens the final set, another favourite with fans. The song's iconic guitar solo was replaced with a keyboard, which perhaps wasn't as quite as impressive, but this was made up for by Ariana absolutely smashing the track's high notes effortlessly. Following with Break Free, an anthem in tribute to the LGBT community, the arena was jumping along with spirit and belting out every single lyric. With a quick speech of thanks and gratitude, Ariana announces No Tears Left to Cry as the show's finisher. A song with a message that resonates with audiences across the globe, it seemed like the absolute way to end the show. But, of course, there was something missing.

Ariana descends back underneath the stage with her dancers. The arena is flooded with darkness as the crowd chants her name to return. All at once, the screen lights up and a show-reel features headlines surrounding Grande's biggest controversies and stories. It moves to focus on Thank U, Next and all the success that came along with it. She uses it as an opportunity to share her achievements and give thanks to her friends and family. The video cuts off and the lights return to see Ariana ascending back onto the stage with three of her dancers. Performing synchronised choreography with bedazzled mic stands, the crowd elevates the energy of the song as they sing every word of the critically acclaimed hit with her. As the song nears it ends, she is joined by her entire dance crew, who all hold pride flags. Grande and her group bound across the stage, waving the pride flags proudly. It is a really nice way to end the show, extending their respect and acceptance to the LGBT community.


The entire show is an absolute masterclass in performance. The choreography, the costumes, the stage design, the lighting, the band - everything about this tour screams excellence. Ariana gives her all on stage every night and makes sure that every person in the audience leaves being blown away by her skill and effervescence. If you were lucky enough to see this tour, I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.


The only way is up for Miss Grande, even though she has already reached the top.

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