Upon arrival at Brooklyn Bowl, looking up and seeing Nightly’s name next to the bold, red words “sold out” posted above the venue on the marquee, the highly anticipated night had only just begun. As the line grew and the venue filled up, it was gearing up to be a great show for the last night of Nightly’s Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve Tour.
Ending the night back home, opener Knox, came on stage and naturally blew the crowd away. From his mesmerizing vocals to his magnetic stage presence that had everyone hooked from the beginning and everything in between, Knox left a lasting impression on the crowd. He opened with his recently released song “Man Down” and followed with new and old songs, along with crowd favorites such as “Not the 1975” and “Sneakers.” His energy was quickly picked up and followed by the crowd as everyone progressively got louder singing his songs throughout the set. With his crowd interactions and infectious music, Knox was quick to get the crowd loosened up for what the rest of the night had in store. It wasn’t long after Knox’s set ended that Nightly took the stage.
As the lights dimmed, you could feel the electric surge of energy in the room take off as this was the moment the crowd had been waiting for. Nightly came on in high spirits, filling the room with many smiles and voices singing all of their lyrics back to them. Nightly gets a lot of their inspiration from the alternative/indie band, The 1975, and infused their music and live performance with a distinct tint of that sound. The production that followed along with their lively performance was everything needed to set the scene for a night to remember. Everywhere you looked, friends and strangers had come together to dance like no one was watching and enjoy the common love of live music and an atmosphere that only Nightly was so easily able to bring to the room.
As the final notes that filled the room lingered in the air and the night at Brooklyn Bowl came to an end, it was evident that this wasn’t just a concert, but a night full of the universal love of live music that will be remembered by many.
- Molly Greco
Photos Courtesy of Abbie Murphy (For Bell Music Magazine)