I went to the future at the ‘Charli Live Tour’.

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I went to the future at the ‘Charli Live Tour’.

Charli's name on the marquis outside the venue.

Charli's name on the marquis outside the venue.

Mason Montano

Charli's name on the marquis outside the venue.

Mason Montano

Mason Montano

Charli's name on the marquis outside the venue.

Mason Montano, Music Editor

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On Wednesday, October 2, Charli XCX performed live at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California as part of her Charli Live Tour in promotion of her new album, Charli. I purchased my tickets back in June when the tour was originally announced, obtaining a presale code upon preordering the album. Yes, it’s that serious.

Before the tour began in late September, it was revealed that the first fifty people waiting outside the venue would get the opportunity to meet Charli herself. The show was scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM with the doors opening at 7. I got in line at around 11:30 AM, but there were already more than fifty people in line. While I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t going to meet one of my idols, I was just happy to be there.

American rapper Brooke Candy, who is also a long-time friend and collaborator of Charli’s, was the show’s opening act. I was never a big Brooke Candy fan prior to show, and I only knew a couple of her songs. After watching her set, however, I can say with confidence that I am now, officially, a Brooke Candy stan! Sporting a jacket bearing the message, “TRANS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS”, Candy’s performance was phenomenal, and she has a captivating stage presence. I also didn’t know that she was a singer as well, and hearing her singing voice live for the first time was a very pleasant surprise.

Thirty minutes after Candy’s set, it was finally time for Charli. She opened the show with an explosive performance of “Next Level Charli”. Charli’s vocals paired with the powerful bass and misty atmosphere of the stage made me feel like I was ascending into gay heaven! Truly a life-changing experience.

The rest of the setlist primarily consisted of songs from Charli along with a few fan-favorites including “Vroom Vroom” and “Boys”. Speaking of “Vroom Vroom”, Charli’s fans are notorious for going absolutely insane when she performs it live. An industrial electronic banger, the song became a fan-favorite back in February 2016 when it was released to the dismay of the GP. I can confirm that this track live is absolutely terrifying and emotionally overwhelming. Everyone was screaming and jumping and overall losing their minds, myself included.

Charli has been criticized by fans for using auto-tune during her live shows, the effects of which could be heard during her performances of  “Warm” and “Thoughts”. But while some may disapprove, I thought her use of auto-tune was tasteful and made her sound more futuristic. It was a very nice touch.

Another standout performance of the night was “Shake It”. For each show, Charli invited local drag queens and entertainers she discovered on social media onstage with her. The result was the best kind of controlled chaos I have ever seen. Brooke Candy, who is featured in the song, also joined Charli for the performance.

The show closed with “1999”, ending the show with a bang and sending us off into the future, and even though I didn’t get to meet her, Charli waved at me when addressing the crowd. Validation: Complete.