Having been present in Century Link Field for a Seattle Seahawks games and now a Beyoncé concert, I honestly can’t tell you which crowd was louder. Every seat with a view of the stage was packed, and every person there was dressed for their Queen B. Tayler and I got into the stadium a little after seven, bought our shirts, and sat down to await the concert.
A little after the concert’s set start time of seven thirty, DJ Khaled came out to bring some major hype! He definitely kicked the energy in the stadium through the nonexistent roof. I was bummed, however, that his turntables were set up on the opposite side of the stage from where Tayler and I were sitting, so we felt a little left out, but the energy still reached us and you can bet we were dancing. After a short but energetic set, and filming a snapchat with the crowd, DJ Khaled left the stage with one of his signature lines, “Another One.”
I was surprised that there were still many seats empty at this time, as the start time was set for seven thirty, but of course we should have known that our Queen B would not take the stage until later. So as the temperature dropped and the sun set over Elliot bay, we waited anxiously.
Then, at about nine fifteen, our Beyhive dreams came true. What I can only describe as a large glowing monolith on the stage began to strobe, showing clips of the “Lemonade” video. The crowd went berserk. Tayler and I watched as Beyoncé came out, flanked by her squad of dancers all wearing the signature black hat with the massive brim from the “Formation” video.
I was pleased to see that the massive glowing monolith on center stage also served as a video screen. It displayed graphics, video clips, and live feed of the performance, which I thought was thoughtful, especially for people like my friend Evelyn who paid $25 and were in the nosebleeds. Not only did it serve as a video screen but as a tool to create a brilliant and breathtaking spectacle. The size itself was impressive, but this monolith also rotated 360 degrees, opened to let Bey walk out, or to show amazing aerialists performing along to her music, and through all this the video being displayed was perfectly synced with what was going on. It was an amazing sight, and I can only imagine the countless hours put in by so many people to perfect this amazing visual aspect.
Something that bothered me a bit were the costume changes. Now this probably sounds odd, but let me explain. I loved the outfits, and she SLAYED in all of them, but what bothered me is the time it took to change. While she was getting into the next bedazzled leotard, or red latex suit, clips of the “Lemonade” video played on the monolith. This was exciting at first, but then it took too long. I can watch “Lemonade” any time I want on TIDAL, but I can’t see Beyonce live anytime I want. I’d prefer less costume changes, and more live Beyoncé.
SEATTLE, WA – MAY 18: Beyonce performs during the Formation
World Tour at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in
Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Parkwood
Speaking of live Beyoncé. Holy hell Batman, can that woman put on a show. Her athleticism is amazing, and I don’t need to tell you that she can sing like nobody’s business. The dancing, the voice, the costumes, the attitude! I was in awe! She can sing her lungs out, bust out dance moves that rival most people’s cardio workouts, and not be even remotely winded. She performed “Freedom” with a group of dancers in a pool of water, and I can’t even explain how powerful and breathtaking that moment was.
And I appreciated the variety of the concert, old, new, solo, Destiny’s Child, fast, slow. The pace was amazing. After a high energy set, she knelt on the stage to sing and talk to us. She knelt and sang songs like “Me, Myself, and I” and somehow managed to make a stadium with a 67,000 person capacity seem like the most intimate venue in the world. My favorite thing about watching her perform is that you can see in her eyes, in her smile, she loves what she’s doing. You can see how thankful she is, and the passion and love in her heart. SEATTLE, WA – MAY 18: Beyonce performs during
the Formation World Tour at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Parkwood Entertainment)
Thank you Beyoncé for a beautiful night. It was so worth the lack of sleep and the commute back to Ellensburg at midnight.
SEATTLE, WA – MAY 18: Beyonce performs during
the Formation World Tour at CenturyLink Field on
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Seattle, Washington.
(Photo by Daniela Vesco/Parkwood Entertainment)