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Review: Drake @ Qudos Bank Arena

Review: Drake @ Qudos Bank Arena

Buying tickets to see Drake was a very last minute decision. Not because I didn’t want to see the amazingly talented (and good looking) Canadian live, but because I was poor and general admission tickets were over $200.

But alas, after being pressured by my friends, tickets were ours within one minute of them being released.

I’m not gonna lie I was starting to doubt my decision when Drake was about half an hour late. I’m a grandma and I like to be in bed by 10pm, so when Drake wasn’t on the stage at 9pm as scheduled I realised that it was going to be a late night and I could already feel my old bones start to ache.

And then it happened. The lights went out. Smoke covered the stage. And we waited. And waited. It felt like forever before Drake emerged from the stage and graced us with his presences. And that’s when I knew buying tickets to see this show was one of the best decisions I’ve made all year.

The night began with a fast paced medley of some of Drake’s greatest hits. The energy that man carried, running from one end of he stage to the other, was insane. Now that doesn’t sound like any mean feat, but this stage was enormous. And for him to run from one end to the other, without losing breath and still being able to sing well, was honestly impressive.

Review: Drake @ Qudos Bank Arena
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Aesthetically, this show was one of the greatest I’ve ever been to. The production of the whole thing was amazing. Within the first five minutes of the show, audiences were given not only a smoke machine and Drake emerging from the stage floor, but also a light show and pyrotechnics. Within five minutes! Five! Usually artists leave the pyrotechnics until the encore, going out with a last hurrah. But not Drake. He was ready to give people what they wanted, and he delivered.

I’m gonna be honest and admit that I don’t remember the full set list. So, if you’re reading this to find out if your favourite song was played, I’m sorry to disappoint. With a good mix of old stuff and new stuff, I was mildly disappointed that Marvin’s Room wasn’t played. Let’s be honest, that song is a goddamn tune.

Review: Drake @ Qudos Bank Arena

I’ve been to a few gigs in my time but I’ve never seen an artist, or band, love their crowd as much as Drake did. Taking a fifteen minute break from singing, Drake took the time to personally point out people in the crowd and thank them for being at his concert. They weren’t famous people either, or influencers, or anyone particularly special. He took the time to talk to us normal plebeians and thank us. As if we had done what he had been doing for the past hour or so.

If I got anything from the night, it was a realisation of how much respect I have for Drake. He is nothing short of humble and as I”m sure I don’t need to convince you, he has an amazing voice. 10/10 definitely one of the best shows I’ve ever been to.

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About Jaida Walker

Jaida Walker was a pop punk kid who ran a tumblr blog and somehow accidentally stumbled into the world of tertiary education. Now surrounded by new people and new experiences, Jaida still runs the same tumblr blog and laughs at the same memes. She has a 5 star Uber passenger rating and can chuck a mean gabba.

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