While we were on our anniversary trip to Chicago in May, we both got emailed from TicketMaster. Chvrches was going to be playing in Northern Kentucky at the tail end of September. Of course, we jumped all over that opportunity, because I love Chvrches.
That concert was Monday night, and it was incredible. The band was playing The Madison in Covington - which is a smaller venue that makes for some really fun, intimate shows. It's also sort of stair-stepped, and as a standing room only type of venue, that means that there are quite a few places to get a really good view of the stage, which is a plus for me.
We managed to make it to the venue in time to see the opening act - The Range, who was a stellar opening act that I can only really compare to a really, really good DJ. He played and mixed music for about an hour and it was really hard to keep from dancing to his mix. It was a strong opener for the upbeat music of Chvrches, and when he left the stage, the crowd was ready for the main act.
Unfortunately, the evening was not smooth sailing start to finish. Right as Chvrches was getting ready to take the stage, the smoke alarms in the theater went off, and we had to evacuate until the local fire department was able to clear the building. Our assumption was that the smoke machines used to set the mood for the show had set off the fire alarms, and we had no issues waiting until we could be let back in. The night was comfortable, and the theater was a bit warm, so it was nice to get a bit of fresh air before we were cleared to head back in.
Finally, almost an hour after Chvrches was scheduled to take the stage, they got their show underway, and it was high-energy from start to finish.
I've been listening to their album for such a long time and it was so fun to hear their songs played live, and to see them perform in person. Their stage set up included quite the LED light show, which added to the buzz and excitement of the just-over-an-hour performance.
We quite literally rocked out from the first song, right up until the last of the encore. They opened with my favorite song from the album - "We Sink," and went right into a full set from there, pausing to chat with the crowd throughout the evening. It was obvious that the band as a whole is incredibly grateful for the fans and fed off of the energy in the building.
The evening was exceptionally fun, and when the band wrapped up the night at the end of their encore with "Lies," I couldn't stop grinning. I went home excited, exhilarated, and incredibly thrilled that we had the opportunity to see Chvrches live.
If you're a fan of Chvrches at all, I highly recommend you go see them live if you're able. They put on an exceptional show, full of lights, great music, excellent beats, and a really good stage presence. It was one of my favorite concerts this year and I hope we can see them again in the future!