Swiftly kicking off their mid-week gig with a simple ‘PSA’ flashing on a backdrop screen, Lauren, Normani, Ally and Dinah Jane strided onto stage just past 8pm to thunderous applause that could fill a theatre. Impressive, considering that those cheers came from a relatively smaller crowd at the [email protected] event space.
While the turnout might be a stark difference from the girls’ first showing at The Star Theatre last year, it didn’t stop the quartet from shimmying, sashaying and strutting about the minimal stage. Launching into their breakout smash ‘Worth It’, the fierce foursome whipped everyone in attendance into full focus, as they captivated all eyes by nailing every choreographed dance move to a T. From then, they tore through familiar hits like ‘BO$$’ and ‘Reflection’ from their first album.
But the forefront of the night’s setlist belonged to their latest self-titled album, which was released last year following Camila’s departure. They performed every song off the record – from the sassy ‘Deliver’ to the uplifting ‘Make You Mad’ – and pleasantly elevated the tracks to new levels with their flawless vocal deliveries. On ‘Lonely Night’, a chair was brought onstage for a mystery guest… which turned out to be a lucky male member of the audience!
Fans were left envious as the starstruck Harmonizer was flirtatiously led across the stage by the girls, before ending the performance with individual hugs. It was a nice, spontaneous moment that allowed 5H’s personalities to shine through, fitted nicely in the middle of an otherwise regular show.
While all four ladies were looking their flawless selves for the sea of phone cameras that were recording their every move, they also let their music do most of the talking instead. There were no inspiring speeches given here, just empowering hit after hit with songs like ‘Down’ and ‘Don’t Say You Love Me’, the latter of which only served as a prelude to their massive finale of ‘Work From Home’.
But the positive vibes didn’t stop there. As soon as they bowed out of stage for what seemed to be the end of the night, the screen lit up with a video montage as their live band began playing the opening instrumental to ‘Bridges’. The empowering track welcomed them back for one more sing-along together, as they held up a rainbow flag – symbolising the freedom to love – painted with the lyrics ‘Bridges Not Walls’ and waved it to the adoring love of their fans.
It was a testament to the brand Fifth Harmony has built over their six years together, as one would observe their fans of different ages, races and backgrounds trickle out of the concert hall together, still humming the hits.
With Fifth Harmony’s recent announcement of their indefinite hiatus, we can’t help but to be thankful that we were at least treated to one final farewell before they each take on their solo careers full steam ahead. And while the end of an era marks an uncertain yet exciting future, the unforgettable memories and music built between 5H and Hamonizers will surely, last a lifetime.
Image credits: Aloysius Lim / Alvin Ho for LAMC Productions
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