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After the Show: Melanie Martinez

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The lights go black and instrumentals start to be heard throughout the arena. Dancers came in through either side of the stage each wearing a large rabbit head, and then one rose through the floor onto the stage. 

At first, it seemed the crowd thought that was Melanie Martinez, but instead, she rose behind the dancers onto a podium that towers above the stage. It was equal parts whimsical and eery. 

The costumes, the set, the props and the choreography all contributed greatly to the stories that are told in the lyrics of her songs. Tales of childhood trauma, school experiences/coming-of-age stories and her perspectives on death and what it means to be alive. 

The show was split into three acts each centered around her three albums: Cry Baby, K-12 and PORTALS. The three all tie together to tell the greater story of a character she has created and that character’s journey through existence. The thought and planning that went into planning this nine years’ worth of work is phenomenal and the culmination of it all in the Trilogy Tour is a stunning outcome. 

If someone has ever thought of getting into and listening to Martinez’s music, the way to do it is live (if you can get your hands on a ticket). Seeing the live performance is the only way to get the full picture.

A large portion of the audience dressed up for the occasion, matching the singer’s aesthetic. Pinks and pastels, lace and bows. Some even took the time to dress themselves as nymphs pulling directly from the aesthetics of PORTALS. Attendees were on the edge of their seats brimming with excitement, no one was there by accident especially given that the show sold out before going public. 

Given the chance or opportunity, I would recommend one of Martinez’s shows to any lover of music, spectacle or storytelling. 

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  • K

    May 18, 2024 at 8:34 am

    My husband took our 12 year old. This was her first concerts. He said it was a great show and our daughter enjoyed every minute.

  • P

    May 17, 2024 at 7:03 pm

    I saw her at the Forum in Inglewood (CA) on 05-15 (W). It was such a strange, marvelous show. Melanie is sort of like a cross between Taylor Swift and P!nk, and the sold-out crowd was totally into it. It was FUN!! 🥰

  • Y

    May 17, 2024 at 11:48 am

    This was the 2nd live show I e taken my daughter to and they were both amazing!

  • T

    May 17, 2024 at 10:24 am

    3 of my grand-daughters attended this concert! Each one of them dressed to represent an album! They all agreed “Best sister date ever!!!”

  • K

    Katie Longyear
    May 17, 2024 at 10:14 am

    Can’t wait!! Me and my daughters will be in the audience of her NYC show!!

  • S

    Shida Amaral
    May 17, 2024 at 9:59 am

    We went to the sold out show in Los Angeles and it was incredible, the fans never sat down and sang so loud that you could hardly hear Melanie!😂The production and choreography was fantastic! The fans were dressed up in costume which was so fun to see!

  • F

    May 17, 2024 at 9:39 am

    Awesome concert! Just wish the Merch was $200+++

  • A

    May 17, 2024 at 5:38 am

    Both of my daughters went and saw this concert and said it was one of the best concerts they’ve seen

    • V

      Vicki nelson
      May 17, 2024 at 12:42 pm

      My daughter and I fly to as Seattle from Great Falls ,Mt. My daughter was so excited. One of the best concerts ever. It was Iike a theater production.