THE CHAINSMOKERS BRING A NEW ENERGY TO WEBSTER ARENA BRI ZEIBERG AND CHELSEA FOX

On Thursday April 20, students took a break from their regular after school activities and homework to attend the Chainsmokers concert at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Despite the fact that it was a school night, students joined the famous DJ duo on their world tour, “Memories … Do Not Open” which launched shortly after the release of their debut album, “Memories … Do Not Open” earlier in April.

The duo, consisting of vocalist Drew Taggart and DJ Alex Pall, started their partnership in 2012. Although they have only been working together for a short amount of time, they have already accomplished major musical milestones. Some including winning a Grammy for ‘Best Dance Recording in 2017’ and an American Music Award for ‘Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist in 2016’.

With bright lights and a deep bass, the Chainsmokers sparked excitement in the crowd as they performed some of their hit songs, including “Closer,” “Paris” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” With the addition of guest performances from Kiiara and Emily Warren the audience was far from bored.

Due to the fact that the concert was general admission, the crowd was separated into two areas. There was an option of general admission seats and general admission floor, or “pit,” tickets. With people ranging from high schoolers to people in their 30s, the pit experience included limited space and lots of movement, but many people enjoyed the excitement it created. Sofija Djordjevic ’19 agreed, saying, “I liked the excitement and energy that was there.”

With 10,000 people packed into the arena, the Chainsmokers did not let the exciting atmosphere cease. “There was never a dull moment and it was just so wild,” Avery Smith ’19 said, “It's impossible not to have a good time with music like that and a crowd that rowdy.”

The atmosphere of the concert was vibrant and thrilling as the pyrotechnics flew through the air. Confetti and streamers exploded from the stage, ensuring the crowd that the concert would remain lively.

Avery Reiner ’19 had an experience different than most while at the concert. Reiner got the opportunity to meet both Taggart and Pall backstage, along with being in the front row of the pit section. “Meeting them was unreal and even though we were being squished, it was so cool to be at the front and touch drew taggarts hand,” Reiner said.

Reiner later added that “overall the night was probably the best night of my life.”

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