I’ve been waiting for the return of concerts for what seems like five years. They’ve been in full swing for a few months now, but prior to October, I hadn’t been to a concert since March of 2020, and man did I miss it. 

I saw Jack Harlow at the House of Blues in New Orleans last month, and finally, I felt like myself again. Concerts are where I feel happiest. I love music and being able to see a musician perform their music live is something I hope everyone can experience one day. 

The energy in the building is electric and everyone there is a fan of the artist just like you. There’s nothing that compares to that vibe and the conversations you can spark throughout the night. 

I made a friend at a concert back in 2016 and met up with her again at the Jack Harlow concert. I hadn’t seen her in a while, but it was like we didn’t miss a beat. We have the same ideology when it comes to concerts and it was great enjoying another concert experience with her. 

Nov. 19 was the two-year anniversary of the last time I saw Ariana Grande in concert. Ariana happened to be sick the day before, and I’m so glad she didn’t cancel it because the memories from that night will stay with me forever. I went with my best friend, but by the time we left that concert, we had made at least six new ones, most of which I’m still in touch with today. 

Nowadays, it seems like every day there is a newly announced tour. I definitely need to be saving up as much as I can and hope not everyone skips over Louisiana for a tour stop. 

The few I have on my list already are Dua Lipa and NCT 127. And of course, there are a few that I’m missing out on. I missed Madison Beer the weekend after Jack Harlow and won’t be able to make a Big Time Rush show, which sucks. 

Some of my staple artists I’m looking forward to seeing are Ariana Grande, Blackpink, Kehlani, Logic and Miley Cyrus. In addition, now that they’re more mainstream, I’m hoping Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Chloe x Halle, Sabrina Carpenter and Bazzi go on tours that I can attend. 

A few lesser-known artists that I hope to see on tour are Boysworld, Somi, Audrey Nuna, Flo Milli, Ashnikko and Surfaces. I know it’ll be virtually impossible to see everyone I want to see next year, but I do want to try to make up for lost time. In 2019 I went to nine concerts total and I’m hoping to beat that next year. 

I am so much into concerts that I decided to join TOORLY, a fan-demand driven global touring platform, as a street team member. I can’t give away too much until the platform officially launches, but what I can say is that this platform will be a game-changer in the way our favorite artists tour. 

Whether you’re a fan of many artists or not, getting to experience a concert needs to be on your bucket list. Definitely try to see one of the artists I mentioned if you can.