What It Felt Like To Be Front Row At A Låpsley Show

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A few weeks ago, I got an email and I found out that I was approved for one Canadian Music Week media pass. And since I’m never ever certain of anything until it really happens, I was nervous. This seemed too insane to me. So when I finally went and picked up my media pass in downtown Toronto, I was still nervous.

And when I actually got the media pass, I was shocked and happy, but this didn’t stop me from still being nervous. Because even though I had the pass, I still thought if I went to a concert, I would be told this doesn’t work. And when the day finally came to see my first show for Canadian Music Week, I was scared.

Now since I had a few weeks to gather my thoughts for the festival, I decided to see Låpsley, making her the first show that I would be going to. If you don’t know who she is, she’s a singer/songwriter from London and just recently dropped her debut album, “Long Way Home.”

I blogged about her in a piece called, “5 Artists To Check Out : UK Edition.” So I was kind of happy that I would be seeing someone I blogged about. Now when I finally arrived at the Mod Club to see Låpsley, I was pretty skeptical.

When I got to the venue, I didn’t know if I could just skip the line because I had a pass or I had to stay in line with everyone else. I was in shambles. I didn’t know what to do. Luckily for me there was a sign.

The sign said, “CMW Wrist Bands.” So I skipped the major line and went straight there. And once the security guard let me in, I realized I was worried for nothing. This is just the kind of person I am.

Now I could talk about the opening act, but honestly they were pretty forgetful. The bands name was “Morly” and I mean they were’t terrible, but they just didn’t click with me. I mean, the girl said, “I’m happy to be in Vancouver” and later realized that she was in Toronto. That was the nail in the coffin for me and I know, opening acts are important and it’s how small bands/artists get bigger, but sometimes you just want to see who you came to see.

Besides, I came to see Låpsley and I managed to be front row.

And being front row was weird. I was insanely close to the stage to the point where Låpsley seemed like a giant to me. I had to look up at her. Recording videos had to be from a specific angle or it wouldn’t have been great, but I managed.




And her being that close to me wasn’t a bad thing because her vocals had me hooked the entire time. There was a surreal moment when she played, “Falling Short.” This was the song that I had blogged about her on December 2014 in the piece that I was talking about earlier and to hear it live, in 2016, It was a moment.

Its like that moment when you see your favourite sports team win in overtime or ordering a meal at a restaurant and it being made exactly how you wanted it to be made. It was truly a priceless moment. I never managed to get a ticket for Adele’s show this year, but Låpsley made me feel like she was the female artist from Britain that I really needed to see this year.




And she’s only 19. The weird thing is, being front row in a movie theatre is terrible because you’re so close and the screen is so big, so the experience isn’t all that great, but being really close to Låpsley was a blessing and it really made the show.

Now I’m going to be honest and say that the only Låpsley song that I knew heading into this concert was, “Falling Short” but her closing song, “Hurt Me” left the biggest impression on me.

I just love really emotional songs. The songs that really connect with you. The songs that are so good that there’s no words to explain what you’re feeling. And I could tell right off the bat “Hurt Me” was that song. And the audience reaction to the song confirmed that for me.

And as I left the concert, I realized I really experienced something special. There’s not too many 19 year olds doing what Låpsley is doing and to see it up close, it was incredible and inspiring.  I can really tell from seeing her at the Mod Club that she’s only going to get bigger and brighter from here.


From The 6ix,With Love

Thank You For Reading

Sincerely, Kid From The 6ix

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