Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of attending Spotify’s Fans First event for James Bay at Hubble Studio. The invite was sent out a few days ago to Spotify listeners that apparently stream James Bay a lot in the Los Angeles area. Anyway I took my usual plus one and go to gal, my Mom. As she is now a fan herself after seeing him in New York in 2016 and earlier this year. So she was on her third show, I’m on my fourth.
We got there early enough where we did not have too wait long as it was surprisingly chill for SoCal. The line ended up being wrapped around the block so my Mom and I got there at the perfect time!
Inside the event the theme of ‘Fans First’ was prevalent. It was an open space where we could freely wonder and look at all of this amazing art from both fans and actual artists that are fans as well. In the middle was a tiny black stage with one microphone and a guitar. I wonder who that is for …
The DJ who stood off in the corner played amazing tunes all night not to far from the stage. Songs that have all had their debut on James’ playlist at some point or he’s talked about as being a fave or influence. Everything from The Rolling Stones to Frank Ocean to Francis And the Lights and of course his Brother Alex’ new song was played. It definitely kept you entertained waiting for James to arrive.
As I stated before I was so glad I arrived early because I was once again barricade at a James Bay show this time right in front. It was truly a “Fans First” experience. We were so close and yes there was security. But everyone respected him and those in the audience. It was such a heart warming and chill experience. I remember James saying he felt safe in this environment and that it was so cool of Spotify to do something like this for him and his fans.
James started out the night with new songs “Just For Tonight”, “Us”, “Slide”, “Pink Lemonade” and “Wild Love” ending with “Let It Go”. He then said I want to do one more song after taking a crowd picture. All done acoustically which was so amazing to hear. Especially songs like “Pink Lemonade” which according to James was written specifically for an electric guitar. All in all it was just him and his guitar. His vocals have never been stronger. He ended the night with an encore of “Hold Back the River”.
We ended a night of fun with memories of a very special event that us James Bay’ fans will never forget and the coolest poster. So once again I would like to thank Spotify, James Bay, his amazing team, Hubble Studio and Republic Records for putting on this amazing event!
– Brittney W. 🙂 x