[Concert Review] Khalid’s ‘American Teen’ in London

The moment that Khalid hit the stage at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, it was suddenly clear what kind of crowd was present. Teenage girls were screaming and deafening decibels echoed around the arena. Despite the young girls all huddled up as close to the stage as they possibly could get, there was still an older demographic in the crowd that came ready to hear his debut album, which is so relatable to many.

Khalid’s album ‘American Teen’ is probably as popular as it is, because it was able to reach multiple demographics. His catchy tracks such as ‘Young, Dumb and Broke’ and ‘8TEEN’ speak to everyone. Older fans can relate to a similar time in their life and reminisce on what life was like as a teen, where as younger fans are experiencing this now. With lyrics such as “Oh shit, I just graduated. I don’t have any obligations. So let’s have a little fun”, and “Because I’m 18 and I still live with my parents” and “So let’s do all the stupid shit that young kids do”. It’s easy to bring yourself back to a point in your life (either then or now) where you’ve thought the exact thoughts that Khalid serenades about.

With the young teen recently turning 20 I can only commend Khalid on his performance at his sell out tour. I’ve read multiple reviews that his stage presence was ‘appalling’ and I just simply can’t agree. He leaped across the stage flying out kicks and jumps left, right and centre looking increasingly more confident as the show went on. To be on your first world tour before you’re considered a legal adult in your own country, he should be allowed some leeway for mistakes, which in good time and experience will all fall into place. Although despite little interaction with the crowd, I can’t say there were any faults. Khalid gave a performance which he should be proud of.

With his mixture of Soul, R&B, and Hip Hop topped off with a single with EDM producer Marshmello, the young performer from Texas performed well next to his talented band to give a show for all to enjoy. It’s safe to say that not one person in the venue was there against their will as each track was drowned out behind the singing fans. Even those at that back who were only able to see the stage though their phone screens, didn’t let the energy drop for a single second.

With an already huge fan base, a hit debut album and a sold out world tour under his belt, this is only the beginning for the American Teen, definitely one to watch!

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