SHAWN MENDES // THE SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW

SHAWN MENDES TAKES ON SOLD OUT CROWD AT THE SSE HYDRO

SHAWN MENDES - PERFORMING AT GLASGOW'S SSE HYDRO - 27/04/2017
ILLUMINATE WORLD TOUR

PICTURE BY: CALUM BUCHAN PHOTOGRAPHY

What a journey for Shawn Mendes over the few years. The Canadian started his career by doing 7 second covers on the app ‘Vine’ where he started to create a large following, becoming the third most followed musician on the app. He then went on to sign to the legendary Island Records at the start of 2014, releasing his debut track ‘Life of the Party’ and becoming the youngest artist to debut in the top 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He then toured on the Magcon tour, with other young Viners, and also went on tour as the opening act for Austin Mahone. He went on to realise his debut EP which peaked at number 5 on the the billboard 200, selling 48,000 copies in its first week. He won the teen choice ‘Webstar’ award in 2014, and went to feature on The Vamps track ‘Oh Cecilia’. His debut full-length album went to number one on the billboard 200 chart, selling 106,000 copies in its first week.

He has since toured with Taylor Swift, and released two albums, with his album debuting at number one again on the US Billboard 200, and his single ‘Stiches’ being number 1 for two consecutive weeks on the UK top 40 charts.

He has played all over the world, including Madison Square Gardens. Now was the time for him to take to the stage in Scotland. With support from James TW, who I have followed for a long time, and managed to shoot when he performed at the Clyde 1 Live 2016 show, at the Hydro, the performance lived up to my expectation. With his huge singles ‘When You Love Someone’ and most recently ‘Ex’ the crowd latched on to every word he sang. With the venue holding almost 10,000 people last night, it seemed like they had all come down early to watch James perform. Interacting with the crowd throughout the performance, splitting them down the middle to sing parts of his songs, and doing a bit of story telling, explaining each song to the crowd, it felt like he was interacting more with the crowd than any other artist. Moving from his guitar to piano, as well as beat boxing on a loop pedal, you can tell that James TW is just getting started.

JAMES TW - PERFORMING AT SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW - CLYDE 1 LIVE 2016 - AHEAD OF SUPPORTING SHAWN MENDES
PICTURE BY: CALUM BUCHAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Then came Shawn Mendes. The set started with news reporter quotes going quickly through the speakers, as well as flashing flights creating an incredible picture and this large hanging ball in the middle of the arena. The multi platinum singer songwriter was embarking on his first ever headlining tour, which hosted 44 tour dates, and Glasgow was his first stop. It didn't disappoint. Each song he sang and each way he looked, the crowd screamed at the top of their lungs. This tour was in support of his second studio album 'Illuminate', as well as performing songs from his debut album 'Handwritten'.

He preformed his big singles such as 'Stitches' 'Treat You Better' and Mercy' as well as other less familiar songs from his new album, however it seemed like everyone in the crowd knew every word.

SHAWN MENDES - PERFORMING AT GLASGOW'S SSE HYDRO - 27/04/2017
ILLUMINATE WORLD TOUR

PICTURE BY: CALUM BUCHAN PHOTOGRAPHY

He then disappeared from the main stage to only reappear in the middle of a crowd on a raised platform, where he continued to play a couple of songs, on the piano and of his guitar. The crowd had their lights up in the air, and were singing their hearts out, this was an amazing performance, and the fact he is only 18, he still has a lot more to give.

SHAWN MENDES - ILLUMINATE WORLD TOUR CONTINUES:

EUROPE / UNITED KINGDOM:
APRIL 28 - MANCHESTER ARENA - MANCHESTER, UK
APRIL 30 - KONIG PILSENER ARENA - OBERHAUSEN, UK
MAY 01 - ZIGGO DOME - AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

MAY 03 - MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA - BERLIN, GERMANY
MAY 04 - WIENER STADTHALLE - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
MAY 06 - MEDIOLANUM FORUM - MILAN, ITALY

MAY 09 - WIZINK CENTER - MADRID, SPAIN
MAY 10 - MEO ARENA - LISBON, PORTUGAL

MAY 12 - PALU SANT JORDI - BARCELONA, SPAIN
MAY 14 - HALLENSTADION - ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
MAY 15 - OLYMPIAHALLE - MUNICH, GERMANY
MAY 17 - ERICSSON GLOBE - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

MAY 19 - TELENOR ARENA - BAERUM, NORWAY
MAY 21 - FORUM - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
MAY 22 - BARCLAYCARD ARENA - HAMBURG, GERMANY
MAY 24 - ACCOR HOTELS ARENA - PARIS, FRANCE

MAY 25 - PALAIS 12 - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
MAY 28 - BBC RADIO 1'S BIG WEEKEND FESTIVAL 2017 - HULL, UK
MAY 30 - 3 ARENA - DUBLIN, IRELAND

JUNE 01 - THE O2 ARENA - LONDON, UK
JUNE 02 - THE O2 ARENA - LONDON, UK

NORTH AMERICA:
JULY 06 - MODA CENTER - PORTLAND, USA
JULY 08 - ROGERS ARENA - VANCOUVER, CANADA
JULY 09 - KEY ARENA - SEATTLE, USA
JULY 11 - ORACLE ARENA - OAKLAND, USA
JULY 12 - STAPLES CENTER - LOS ANGELES, USA
JULY 14 - VALLEY VIEW CASINO CENTER - SAN DIEGO, USA
JULY 15 - GILA RIVER ARENA - GLENDALE, USA
JULY 17 - PEPSI CENTER - DENVER, USA
JULY 19 - AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER - DALLAS, USA
JULY 21 - AT&T CENTER - SAN ANTONIO, USA
JULY 22 - TOYOTA CENTER - HOUSTON, USA
JULY 25 - AMALIE ARENA - TAMPA, USA
JULY 26 - AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA - MIAMI, USA
JULY 28 - AMWAY CENTER - ORLANDO, USA
JULY 29 - INFINITE ENERGY ARENA - DULUTH, USA
JULY 31 - BRIDGESTONE ARENA - NASHVILLE, USA
AUGUST 02 - QUICKEN LOANS ARENA - CLEVELAND, USA
AUGUST 03 - ALLSTATE ARENA - ROSEMONT, USA
AUGUST 05 - CENTURY LINK CENTER - OMAHA, USA
AUGUST 06 - XCEL ENGERY CENTER - SAINT PAUL, USA
AUGUST 11 - AIR CANADA CENTRE - TORONTO, CANADA
AUGUST 12 - AIR CANADA CENTRE - TORONTO, CANADA
AUGUST 14 - BELL CENTRE - MONTREAL, USA
AUGUST 16 - BARCLAYS CENTER - BROOKLYN, USA
AUGUST 17 - PRUDENTIAL CENTER - NEWARK, USA
AUGUST 19 - VERIZON CENTER - WASHINGTON, D.C, USA
AUGUST 20 - PPG PAINTS ARENA - PITTSBURGH, USA
AUGUST 22 - WELLS FARGO CENTER - PHILADELPHIA, USA
AUGUST 23 - TD GARDEN - BOSTON, USA


LATIN AMERICA:
SEPTEMBER 16 - ROCK IN RIO FESTIVAL 2017 - BRAZIL, SOUTH AMERICA

NORTH AMERICA:
SEPTEMBER 20 - AUDITORIO NACIONAL - MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

OCEANIA:
NOVEMBER 25 - SPARK ARENA - AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
NOVEMBER 29 - ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE - BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
DECEMBER 01 - QUDOS BANK ARENA - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
DECEMBER 03 - ROD LAVER ARENA - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
DECEMBER 06 - PERTH ARENA - PERTH, AUSTRALIA


ASIA:
DECEMBER 09 - THE STAR PEFORMING ARTS CENTRE - SINGAPORE
DECEMBER 11 - IMPACT ARENA - BANGKOK, THAILAND
DECEMBER 13 - WORLD - EXPO - HONG KONG, ASIA
DECEMBER 18 - INTERNATIONAL FORUM - TOKYO, JAPAN

PHOTOS BY: CALUM BUCHAN PHOTOGRAPHY
REVIEW BY: RORY BARNES - RDLBLOG ( https://www.rdlblog.com/ )

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