Londynne Calling for Yungblud: Londynne of L.A. band Londynne’s Falling told us about his YUNGBLUD experience.
Londynne: The best concert I ever saw was YUNGBLUD at the Shrine in Los Angeles. As a guy who likes to dress loudly and wear eye makeup, the first thing I noticed while standing in line was the plethora of people who dressed like me. I tend to stand out on typical nights out, and sometimes I feel like other people judge how I dress/look, but I immediately felt at home in this crowd. Finally it happened, the lights dimmed, the house music faded, the crowd began screaming, and the energy in the building was electric. A projection of lips appeared on the curtains with a dialogue from YUNGBLUD, hyping the crowd and giving the ethos of the show to follow. “Question 1: Are you ready to scream louder than you’ve ever screamed before? Question 2: Are you ready to go absolutely mad and throw away the key? Question 3: Are you ready to jump until we break the fucking floor beneath us? Question 4, and most importantly: Are you ready to celebrate love and unity with every single ounce of your being?” I didn’t know it yet, but these four questions would encapsulate every aspect of the show: screaming, moshing, dancing, crying, jumping, singing, and most importantly feeling like you were part of something bigger than yourself. YUNGBLUD went on to give a full 90 minute performance, full of energy, movement, and emotion like I’ve never seen before. Off the bat I noticed how much the crowd at a concert tends to match the energy of the performer on stage; YUNGBLUD was jumping and screaming from the second he got onto stage and the crowd mirrored. For the first 30 minutes or so he ran around, jumping and dancing whilst somehow singing every song to near perfection; it was amazing to witness a performer at his caliber. Some of my favorite moments from the show however, were much more tender, emotional, and honest. After one of his hardest hitting songs, he stood there on stage, silent and visibly exhausted, as the crowd let out a continuous roar of screaming and cheering. He began to cry while looking out, he thanked us for supporting him and for making his dreams come true. It was so raw and genuine, and I began to relate to this previously untouchable figure on stage. The illusion of him being some inhuman performer was shattered, now he was just another kid who had an impossible dream like me. After that he started playing the riff to his song Mars, a song about a transgender person struggling with their identity and fitting in—although it also goes out to anyone who feels different, like they don’t belong anywhere. He brought a young fan onto stage and asked them their name, their pronouns (which were non-gender conforming), and then gave them an enormous, genuine hug. Everyone in the crowd was either cheering, crying, or both. He proceeded to tell the crowd that no matter how they felt at home, at school, or with their friends, to look around and notice how many people felt the same way, to rely on those people and to know that you’re safe. It was an incredibly powerful message, it went far beyond his music, and has impacted to this day. I left the show completely blown away, as the tickets were $5 a piece and I hadn’t expected much from the show. It was one of the most inspirational, powerful, and beautiful concerts I’ve been to, and I can only hope to give that experience to someone else some day.
Londynne Calling for Yungblud: Londynne’s Falling’s single “911” featuring Macca Wiles is out now.
Editor’s note: The disclaimer below refers to advertising posts and does not apply to this or any other editorial stories. LA Weekly editorial does not and will not sell content.
Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. Thank you for supporting LA Weekly and our advertisers.