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Our Favorite Concerts of 2016

We can’t believe 2016 is almost over!   It was a year full of fangirling and lots of amazing concerts.   While it’s always hard to pick favorites, here are some of our favorite shows of 2016!

Mixtape Festival – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA – August 2016
This festival had everything – boybands,  matching camo parachute cargo pants, oversized bib overalls, harmonies that you can’t find anywhere else, and of course the best fans ever!  NKOTB just get better and better with age.  98 Degrees wore camo cargo pants and sang a TRL medley.  O-Town crushed their set (yes, they played “Liquid Dreams”) and wore overalls and tie-dye.  Paul Abdul nailed every single dance move in her first show on 25 years (and told everyone about the Total Package Tour way before it was announced).  Boyz II Men brought down the house with their beautiful harmonies.

 

Dan + Shay – Playstation Theater – New York, NY – December 2016
Dan + Shay are one of our favorite artists to see live, because they bring so much joy and energy to the stage.  The “Obsessed” Tour was their second headlining tour, in support of their new album, and they owned the stage like they had been doing this forever.  Dan + Shay are having so much fun on stage, you can’t help but join in.  The whole show is one big singalong from start to finish.

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Mariah Carey – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY – December 2016
We didn’t realize we were such big Mariah fans, until we saw her perform at the Beacon (and at Divas Live!) and fangirl cried a little.   This is our new Holiday tradition.

 

Cam – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY – October 2016
We were so excited to see Cam back in NYC on her first headlining tour!  She had the coolest set of the year, and told the best stories in between songs.  Cam is such a genuine talent that we knew the world couldn’t ignore since the first time we saw her opening for Dan+Shay.  Her voice is amazing, her songwriting is super fun (listen to her song “Fireball”) and heartwarming.

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Dierks Bentley – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY – May 2016
We had just caught the opening night of Dierks’ big “Somewhere On A Beach” Tour at PNC Bank Arts Center a couple of weeks prior.  It was amazing to see Dierks again in such an intimate venue.  His “Last Call Ball,” in celebration of the release of his new album, “Black,” was a writers round with his collaborators.  Each took a turn telling the story behind the song and performing songs from the album and other hits they had written.   Did we mention we got to be approx 5 feet away from Dierks for this show?

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Rooney – Webster Hall – New York, NY – October 2016
We are SO EXCITED that Rooney is back and on tour. Their new album, “Washed Away,”  was one of our favorites of the year, and we got to see them live 2 times in 2016!  The show in October at Webster Hall was our favorite, mostly because Robert asked everyone to come in Halloween costumes and the band dressed as vampires.   Good music + Halloween = happy fangirls.

Jake Miller – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY – October 2016
Jake definitely had a good thing going at Highline Ballroom.  His “Overnight” EP release show was one big party from start to finish.  Jake blessed NYC with an early bit of news about his “Overnight Tour” at this show and we’re so glad he’s coming back in 2017 because we need more Jake in our lives!! His voice keeps getting better and better and let’s face it – he’s so good with his fans that there’s no way we can’t love him just as much back!

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MAX – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY – February 2016
Speaking of Jake Miller, we caught his upcoming “Overnight” Tour mate, MAX, at the Beacon Theatre opening for R5.   He is insanely talented,   and we were blown away by his live performance.  We’ve had his album on repeat ever since.  If you’re going to see Jake this Winter, make sure you get there early to catch MAX’s set!

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Kacey Musgraves – Town Hall – New York, NY – December 2016
We were stoked that Kacey’s Christmas tour had a stop in NYC!  It was just as sparkly and fun as you would imagine.   Can we make this a Holiday tradition, too?

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Good Charlotte – Webster Hall – New York, NY – April 2016
*FANGIRL SCREAMING*   Okay, now that we’ve had some time (alright like 8 months) to process this show, we still can’t believe just how incredibly grateful the guys of Good Charlotte are for their fans to come back after a long hiatus and still care about the little boys from Waldorf and their dumb punk music.  We grew up listening to GC, their lyrics are melodies are ingrained and practically tattooed on our brains.  When a band truly takes the time to acknowledge how awesome their fans are and to be so good to their fans, heck yeah we’ll keep coming back for more.  This show was wild from start to finish with the crowd singing literally every single word to every single song – even deep cuts and new tracks.

Moose Blood – Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY – July 2016
These guys really know how to put on a show!  Just before their sophomore album, “Blush” came out, Moose Blood put on a wild and crazy club show in NYC’s Studio at Webster Hall.  The show was completely sold out and we can bet that people from the other rooms of Webster Hall were coming downstairs to see what all the ruckus was about. What they found were four boys from Kent and about 300 fans screaming the words, all of us having the best night of our lives!  This show also took us about 6 months to process how amazing these guys are.

 

Dolly Parton – Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY – June 2016
This was the first concert we went to at the newly renovated Forest Hills Stadium.  As huge tennis and music fangirls, just being there was exciting!   And Dolly was incredible.  She has such a gift for storytelling and performing, and the crowd was having a blast.

Hunter Hayes – Pennysaver Ampitheater – Selden, NY – August 2016
We sadly only got to see Hunter once this year, but he blew us away as always.   He played some amazing new songs, which he released later in the year.  Fingers crossed we’ll be seeing more of Hunter in 2017!

 

Weezer – Nikon Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY – June 2017
Weezer has been on our concert bucket list for ages, and we finally got the chance to see them over the Summer!  And they did not disappoint.

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Housing Works Writers Round – New York, NY – August 2017
This was one of the coolest shows we went to this year.  Housing Works hosted a benefit concert, a Nashville songwriters round.   Walker Hayes, Drake White, Sean McAnally, Matt Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, and Brad Tursi each took turns playing stripped down versions of the many hits they had written.

The Friday Five: Best Concerts of 2014

We definitely shattered our record for most concerts attended in a single year in 2014.  While we loved each and every show, and it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to 5 favorites, here are the ones that stood out.

1. Hunter Hayes – 24 Hour Road Race – Palace Theatre – Stamford, CT
We ended up seeing Hunter more than any other artist this year – 7 times in total.  Impressive, considering on his past tours he came nowhere near NYC so we had no hopes of attending.  Hunter, if you’re reading this, please keep coming to New York.  We love you.  Of all the shows, among them the We Are Not Invisible Tour, Tattoo (Your Name) Tour, Arthur Ashe Kids Day, and so on, the most memorable was definitely the 24 Hour Road Race.  True, it was a short concert, but the record-breaking goal gave an added level of excitement, and now we can officially say we were part a Guinness World Record.  Oh, but we can’t forget that time he performed “Storm Warning” right in front of us…

2. Austin Mahone – MTV Artist To Watch Tour – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
We also had a hard time deciding which Austin show to pick, but this show wins since it was Austin’s first big headlining tour.  This show earned him his nickname of the “one man boyband,” due to his on point choreography.  We don’t have many videos of Austin performing, because it’s literally impossible to not dance along, but we managed to get one at his Mets Post-game concert later in the year.

3. Dan + Shay – Where It All Began Tour – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
“Where It All Began” is hands down our favorite album of 2014.  While we saw Dan + Shay for the first time on the We Are Not Invisible Tour with Hunter Hayes, this was our first time seeing them play with a full band.  We were blown away by how passionate and talented they are, and how much they genuinely love performing.  Dan + Shay are so much fun to see live (seriously, the entire audience sings every word), and they make it special every time we see them.  We can’t wait for their next headlining tour in 2015!

4. 5SOS – Stars, Stripes & Maple Syrup Tour – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
This might get the prize for one of the hottest concerts of 2014.  We were shocked when we scored a pair of tickets to this show! It had been such a long time since we went to a “pop punk” show that this finally made us remember why we fell in love.  5SOS have such great energy and they put on an incredible show to the sold out crowd.  Calum, Luke, Ashton, and Michael owned the stage and had everyone singing along to every word, even though the band had yet to release their album in the US.

5. The Strypes – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
Whenever we write about The Strypes, we feel like nothing can do justice to how insanely talented and incredible these guys are.  All four members hail from Ireland and are under the age of 20, yet they play some serious rhythm and blues.  We had never really seen grown men fangirl until this concert.  That’s how good these guys are.  We were floored by their musicianship, and some absolutely insane harmonica solos.

Bonus: 106.1 BLI’s Summer Jam – Nikon Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
This gets the runner up place because of it’s awesome lineup: Austin Mahone, Cody Simpson, New Hollow, Midnight Red, AJR, and so on. Summer Jam definitely had something for everyone! The number of acts and the variety contributed to the “festival” feeling of this show, along with bonding with the people sitting around you for the entire day.  We hope Summer Jam will be back next year!

The Fangirl Handbook #3: Ticket Buying 101

We discussed Concert Etiquette & How to Meet the Band in the first two chapters of The Fangirl Handbook.  Now you know what to do at the show; but you’ve got to get tickets first!

There’s nothing better than when your favorite artist finally announces a big tour!  And let’s face it: there’s nothing worse than trying to buy tickets.   We’ve learned a lot over the years on how to get the best seats for any show, and want to share some of our advice.  We refuse to buy resale tickets, and with a little luck, determination and patience, have been able to get great seats to some of the hottest tickets in town.

1. Be sure to join the mailing list (free!) or fan club of all of your favorite artists.  They won’t email you a lot; and when they do it’s usually with important info like tour dates, or pre-sale passwords!   Some artists have completely affordable fan club options as well – for around $10 you can have access to pre-sale codes for an entire year of touring.   Of course artist’s #1 priority is selling tickets to their fans, not ticket brokers, so this is usually the best way to get tickets.  And, if you think about sharing the cost with everyone who’s going (say, a group of 4) and agree to split the cost of the membership, it’s just an extra $3 on top of your ticket price.  And you’re more likely to get a good seat.

2.  Keep up with Livenation on social media and email.  They will send out weekly updates; but these emails usually contain important info!  We’ve seen concert announcements via Livenation before the artists share the news.  Livenation is great at having pre-sales through social media (Facebook, Twitter) and their mobile app.  The codes are usually pretty easy to find, and if you ask them on Twitter they will likely help you out.

3.  Have a Ticketmaster account.  Every second counts when buying tickets, and having this extra step out of the way is one less thing to worry about!

4. Keep trying!  With popular shows, sometimes it can take the system a while to load.  Don’t be discouraged if you come up with no tickets after the 3rd (or 33rd try).  We’ve gotten great seats just by never giving up!!

5. Be ready to go before the on-sale time.  We like to set up a “ticket buying” station whenever possible.  We have open as many computers / iPads / iPhones as possible, with wallets and credit cards nearby just in case.  And if we’re buying for a group, we make sure to be on the phone / gchat / etc with them, just so we’re all in agreement on which seats to buy.  And so whomever gets the best seats gets those!

6.  Know what seats you want ahead of time.  The seating charts are always posted before the on-sale.  Discuss with your group which are your 1st, 2nd and even 3rd choice seats, what seats you do NOT want, and what to do if you only get literally the last row in the arena.  With an obstructed view.

7.  Know your price limit ahead of time and make sure everyone agrees.  Sometimes you aren’t able to see the different pricing levels until the on-sale starts.  It helps to have an absolute maximum price level set, so you aren’t panicked when that dreaded Ticketmaster timer is counting down!

Hope we haven’t given away too many of our secrets, but that this will help you score tickets to see your favorite artist on tour!

Be sure to follow Secret Fangirls on Twitter & check out The Fangirl Handbook!

Meet Midnight Red on The Word of Mouth Tour!

As we told you in January, American boy band Midnight Red are heading out on tour with The Wanted!  The North American leg of the World of Mouth tour kicks off next week in Huntington, NY!   We love Midnight Red because they are a legit boy band, who trained in the school of New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, when they opened for the NKOTBSB tour in 2011.  (They even have a solid cover of “Step by Step!”)

The boys of Midnight Red announced today they will be doing Meet & Greets each night of the tour, which include priority access into the venue.   Tickets for the meet and greet upgrade go on sale Thursday, April 3rd at 12pm local time.  *Note that you also need to have a ticket to the concert in order to attend the meet & greet.

Check out the tour dates & links to buy the Midnight Red Meet & Greet upgrade below!

And don’t forget to check out our Fangirl Handbook for advice on How to Meet the Band before your show!

THE WANTED Word Of Mouth Tour with Midnight Red
4/8 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/9 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/11 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/14 – Boston, MA – House of Blues – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/18 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/19 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/21 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/23 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/28 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield – Meet & Greet Upgrade
4/29 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/2 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/4 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/5 – Houston, TX – House of Blues – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/7 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/9 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/11 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Landing – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/14 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavil – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/16 – Kansas City, MO – The Uptown Theatre – Meet & Greet Upgrade
5/17 – Shawnee, OK – Grand Events Center – Meet & Greet Upgrade

Be sure to follow Midnight Red and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

Header photo via Midnight Red’s Twitter

The Fangirl Handbook #2: Meeting the Band

Time for part 2 of The Fangirl Handbook! In part 1, we reviewed the proper concert etiquette. Now let’s discuss how to meet the band! Thanks to social media and companies like VIP Nation, it’s become easier than ever to meet your favorite celebs. Meeting your favorite band or celebrity is something you’ll remember forever – both the good and the bad.  There are two scenarios to the meet and greet:

1. How You Think the Meet & Greet Will Go:
Your favorite band member is so taken by your beauty, wit, and that perfect outfit you planned that they spend hours talking to you as if no one else is in the room.  You get to have a full, intelligent conversation with each member of the band, and then take the perfect meet and greet photo which you can instantly share.

2. What the Meet & Greet is Actually Like:
You are in a line with approximately 500 other people. You overhear a security guard complain that they are running behind. Venue staff are panicking because doors open in 45 minutes and they’ve got to corral thousands of screaming girls into the venue. Instructions are being yelled at you, usually some variation of “no touching, no cell phones, no cameras, no autographs” as you make your way towards that moment you’ve been dreaming of. You can finally see them in the distance! This is your chance! Based on how quickly the line is moving, you calculate you will have about 15 seconds, 20 if you’re lucky. Panic sets in. You’re next! What do you say? His eyes are more beautiful than you remember from the hi-res photos you found on Tumblr. You barely manage to get out a “hello” before you feel yourself being pushed between your least favorite boys. Security yells at you to turn around for your picture, and voila your moment is over. You didn’t even make it down the line to say hi to your favorite!!  Six days go by, and you STILL don’t have that priceless meet and greet photo, which you’re sure by now is a total disaster.

We’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of our favorite bands before, here is some of our advice to make the most of it (for you and everyone else involved).

DOs and DON’Ts of Meeting the Band.

DO:

  • Be polite.
  • Stay calm.
  • Talk to them! You might not get the chance again.
  • Ask for a picture if you can. A picture says 1000 words.
  • Have an idea of what you want to say in advance. Usually you will get just a couple of minutes (even seconds) and having something in mind keeps you from freezing up or worse rambling incoherently at them.
  • Give them a chance to talk too!
  • Thank them! They do not have to be standing around for hours taking pictures and meeting hundreds of people. Not everyone does.
  • Introduce yourself. It may be your FAVORITE BAND MEMBER OF ALL TIME OMG but they are people too. Think of meeting them like you would any other person. This helps with remaining calm.
  • Be nice to them. We shouldn’t have to say this, but you would be surprised.
  • Have your camera ready! You will have very limited time, so don’t waste any digging in your purse for your camera!
  • Be kind to other fans and help each other out! (Again, we shouldn’t have to say this). Remember, we’re all in this together!
  • Follow directions. If security says no hugging, then just don’t do it. They have rules for a reason, whether you like them or not. You don’t want to be that person that gets escorted out.

DON’T:

  • Scream in their face. Would you like a random stranger running up to you screaming in your face? No? Then don’t do it to them.
  • Scream as soon as they enter your line of vision. You are both taking time away from someone else, and scaring the band.
  • Touch them inappropriately. (Yes, we’ve seen this happen.) Just generally don’t touch the talent.  As we were told on TRL however, the talent can (and will) do whatever they want.
  • Jump on them. They see you. They know you are excited. You don’t need to physically attack them to show this.
  • Ask for more than one photo. If your first photo turned out, there is no need to ask for a “selfie!”. Use the extra time to chat with them – you already have 1 photo, enjoy your brief time!
  • Twerk. Ever. Just stop. It’s not cute.
  • Say rude things to them. Don’t like his girlfriend? Keep it to yourself.
  • Bring embarrassing or inappropriate photos for them to sign, or bring up uncomfortable topics. This should be self explanatory. Don’t do it, it’s not funny or cute. It’s just plain rude.
  • Attack them before they’ve gotten out of the car/off stage/etc. Just calm down. They see you. They are more than happy to meet you if you are calm and nice, but will get scared if you suddenly jump on them and start twerking and asking for selfies.
  • Push/shove other fans out of the way, or use people’s heads as a tripod. Once the pushing starts, they will get scared and leave…as would any sane person. And you’re ruining the experience for someone else.

We hope this list of Do’s and Don’ts help prepare you for the next time you get the chance to see your favorite boy band on tour! Check out VIP Nation for upcoming tour info.

(Feature photo from Backstreet Boys “I Want it That Way“)

New Kids On The Block Announce NKOTB: AFTER DARK!

New Kids On The Block are only having four North American shows in 2014 and they’re all happening this summer in Las Vegas!

Check out the announcement from nkotb.com below!!

 

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: AFTER DARK.

The Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood 

Las Vegas, NV

July 10, 11, 12 & 13, 2014!

AN EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT * ONLY NORTH AMERICAN SHOWS IN 2014

Join us at the Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for what plans to be four AMAZING SHOWS for our only U.S. appearances this year! Plan on having the best night of your life – 4 nights in a row! And if that wasn’t enough, you know we couldn’t come to Vegas without great things planned for you. EXCLUSIVE POOL PARTIES!* EXCLUSIVE AFTER PARTIES!* BACHELORETTE PRE-PARTIES!*

EXCLUSIVE VIP PACKAGES will also be available at nkotb.com/vegasvip. Meet us, greet us, get a great ticket to see us. All VIP ticket holders will get FIRST CRACK at all special events we are planning*.

*Details for events beyond our shows will be announced at a later date so check nkotb.com often.

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Even though these shows aren’t in NYC, we’re still really excited for everything NKOTB has in store for 2014.  Remember….

 

Be sure to follow NKOTB on Twitter and Instagram, and keep checking back for more details as they become available.

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The Fangirl Handbook #1: Concert Etiquette

We’ve been to a lot of concerts over the years, everywhere from CBGBs (RIP) to Madison Square Garden and everything in between.   So when it comes to concert behavior, we’ve experienced it all, good and bad.

Here are some simple rules to keep in mind at your next show.

1.  There are people behind you!  This is not the time to break out your finest top hat.  Also, please don’t put anyone on your shoulders, especially if you’re already 6+ feet.  And while we love and encourage dancing, please try not to jump back onto the people behind you.

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2. There is a time and place for screaming.  If the artist is introducing a meaningful ballad, try to keep the “I LOVE YOUUU!” in for just a little bit longer and you’ll be fine.   If you’re waiting in line to see the band, and you get that first up close glimpse of them, we know it’s exciting but please don’t scream.  You’re simultaneously scaring the band and taking up someone else’s brief time with them.

3.  If it’s an arena show, try your best to arrive before the main artist takes the stage.  There is nothing more annoying than having to wait for someone to shuffle by and locate their seats (and they can never find them) blocking your view while you miss your favorite song.

4. Put the phone away.  Of course, take a few photos and videos, but if you are sitting there texting the entire time, why are you there in the first place?  You can do that at home – for free!  And isn’t it nice to experience things in real life once and a while, rather than through a screen?

5.  Personal space.  You aren’t the only person in the room.

6.  No smoking of ANY kind.  This shouldn’t even have to be said, but you’d be surprised.

7.  Mind your beverages.  Try to keep them in your hand, and off of my purse/coat/new shoes/merch I just bought/head/etc.

8.  Standing is totally fine, IF you are in your own seat.  Do not stand in the stairway.  Do not stand on the barricade at the end of the stairway.  Do not stand on your chair. 99.9% of the time, you will be blocking the view of someone who actually paid for a seat in that section.  Also, if you can’t see because you’re seated and someone in front of you is standing, don’t get mad and rudely shout at the other person to sit.  Stand up!  It’s a concert, you should be dancing!

9.  Posters should only be used between songs, or held up for brief moments.  Again, just keep in mind your giant poster board is guaranteed to be blocking the views of everyone behind you.  Easy rule to follow?  If the band is singing, don’t put the sign up.  Wait for between songs.

10. Do not throw things on stage.  Ever.  This is why we can’t have nice things, like bottle caps at concerts.

11. If you are just arriving to a GA show seconds before showtime, no one believes that your “friend” is holding your spot in the front row.  Most likely everyone in the front has already been there for hours (even days), respect that, and don’t violently force and push your way through the crowd.  Want to be in the front?  You’ve got to put in the time.

Now if we could just get everyone to follow these simple guidelines, we can all enjoy the show!  (Don’t even get us started on tennis watching etiquette…)

Stay tuned for part 2 of our Fangirl Handbook:  How to Meet the Band