Photos and Review by Laura Fox (LLFoxphotos)
Arguably one of the loudest, brashest voices representing today's youth, YUNGBLUD returned to Indianapolis to preach his message of nonconformity and acceptance to a horde of his adoring fans at the TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park Saturday. They came in groups, in pairs, as families, and by themselves, and they all left feeling connected, validated, and loved. This is the kind of power YUNGBLUD has on people.
Sporting his signature black, white, and pink threads, spiky hair and punk-inspired accessories, YUNGBLUD had the crowd on its feet for the entire set. I don't know where his energy comes from, but it's seemingly endless. I don't think he stood still for more than 15 seconds during the entire show; that's one of the things that makes a YUNGBLUD performance so exciting. Although his lighting was beautiful (and much appreciated by us photographers), this is an artist that doesn't need pyro or other special effects to keep the crowd engaged.
In fact, YUNGBLUD is a master of crowd interaction. He expressed his gratitude for his fans' loyalty and attendance over and over, promising to come back to Indiana every year, as well as promising to make tickets to the next show even more affordable so more people could attend. (ICYMI, YUNGBLUD offered $20 All-In lawn seats a week before this show, too.)
Other highlights included the creation of a mosh pit before "Fleabag," a walk out into the crowd, the pulling up of fans onto the stage (including an adorable child wearing hearing protection almost bigger than his head), and some "Real Kumbaya shit."
The British-born singer/songwriter/guitarist/activist is currently on a world tour with U.S. support from The Regrettes and Games We Play. He is joined on stage by bassist Silke Blansjaar, drummer Ben Sharp, and guitarist Adam Warrington.
YUNGBLUD isn't everyone's cup of tea, but that's OK. Neither were the Beatles.
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