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21 Savage American Dream concert excites crowd

The crowd gathers before the show, which was due to start at 7:00 p.m. Various snippets of popular music played to keep the audience up before the first performances began.

21 Savage, a British-born rapper who currently resides in the United States performed at the Hollywood Amphitheater on May 19, 2024. The overall vibe of the huge crowd was excited and positive due to the performances of many artists including Savage himself, making this show a fun experience.

During Savage’s performance the lighting, fog, and fire effects really added to the atmosphere and crowd’s energy. Through the imagery and voiceovers, you could follow along with the story quite well. 

I liked the lighting a lot. They went all out, like the fire and just kind of  the theme of it. They stuck with the theme,” junior Kylie Sloan said.

The lighting for the most part matched the music, and especially was nice for shifts in songs, or for emphasizing different parts of the show, for example, 21 Savage’s costume change and original entrance. 

The sound quality was also good allowing even people in the back to experience the vibe of the show.

Earlier in the evening, there were other performances from various genres, which kept the audience’s attention. Nearly all of them had backdrops with their name and where to follow them. This was a nice added effect exposing the crowd to new artists.

What felt like the most positive part of the concert was the crowd interaction. Almost every artist that performed, including 21 Savage, did a lot of crowd work and interaction with the fans, letting them sing the lyrics themselves. This got the crowd increasingly hyped up as they also paused the music in those moments so audience members could hear their own voices.

Everybody’s been crazy already, so I feel like the next hour and a half is gonna be crazy. It’s gonna be lit,” said Nick Funk, an Illinois resident who came to see the show.

There were a few times where artists asked the crowd to shine on their lights too, which only got them more excited and created a nice unifying element to the event. 

The only issue would be the timing of performances. It took two hours for 21 Savage to come on stage. 

We would be waiting 30 minutes between acts pretty much, and that would only for like the beginning parts,”  Sloan said. “Then we would wait and then they’d come out again. It was kind of boring, but once 21 Savage came out, it was fun.”

I enjoyed the concert; it was a fun experience. I would rate it around an eight out of ten. I am unsure of whether or not I would go to a similar concert again, as it would truly depend on if there was anyone else performing at the time. If not, then definitely.

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Riley Gibbons
My name is Riley Gibbons. I am a junior. I enjoy writing and producing my own music outside of school, and I enjoy anything to do with music in general. I took Broadcast and Production during my sophomore year and am excited to be a part of Newspaper this year!

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