27 August 2022: Kensington concert 2

As some may know, the Dutch band Kensington’s lead singer is calling it quits. They’re currently playing their ‘goodbye tour’ consisting of six shows, and I went to the first of the six! It was my second time seeing them live, but the first time wasn’t the best experience I had. Let’s see if this concert changed that!

I honestly stopped listening to their music a few weeks after seeing them live in 2018. Not because I thought they were that bad or that their music sucks, but because it just wasn’t really my type of music. I still always enjoyed their songs. And learning Eloi is gonna stop as the singer, I told myself I had to go. This concert took place in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. I bought a ticket for September 2nd, but I got introduction day that day, and all other shows were sold out. I was gutted, until they sold a few more tickets. I bought one for August 27 and tried selling the Friday one. Still unsuccessful, sadly.

They had one support act. I went earlier so I could listen to them. They’re called The Vices and were first called Ten Years Today. They were all right, but not really my thing. I had secretly hoped they had also changed their music a bit by changing their name, but they didn’t. But they still sounded pretty amazing. Kensington came only three minutes later than planned and ended way later than they planned. Doesn’t matter to me, because we had more songs!

Kensington performed 22 songs:

  • Streets
  • All For Nothing
  • Done With It
  • War
  • Bats
  • Regret
  • Words You Don’t Know
  • Island
  • Insane
  • Control
  • Uncharted
  • Sorry
  • Chronos (Part 1 & 2)
  • Perfect Family Day
  • Little Light
  • What Lies Ahead
  • Bridges
  • Riddles
  • Do I Ever
  • Home Again
  • St. Helena
  • No Me

When I first saw them live, it was in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. Honestly, the worst sound quality I’ve ever heard at any concert or avenue. It definitely made the band sound terrible. Their instruments at the time were overpowering Eloi’s voice, and his voice didn’t sound that great back then either. Now, in the Ziggo Dome, everything was well in tune and nothing overpowered anyone or anything. Though, it seemed as if Eloi at first had a bit of time getting into the atmosphere of what the crowd was giving him. It took a couple of songs before he himself loosened up a bit, which was also a significant change in his voice. And at the end, he got emotional, which makes sense. But he has a very powerful voice that takes some time getting used to, and some patience for him to warm up. The band surrounding him was great from the start. And I love that they had violists and wind musical instruments. It added a lot to the songs and the overall experience.

Love, Skye Lewis ❀

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