Post Malone took to the stage on the 19th of February at a sold-out gig at Manchester Arena, support acts consisted of Roddy Ricch and Tyla Yahweh. Posty had a 20 song setlist with no encore which varied in genres from Hip-Hop, R’n’B, to a heavy metal echo, even with Posty saying in an interview that, “What I’m not into is boxes…There are no genres anymore”. When Stoney (debut album) erupted onto the music scene I didn’t think it could be bettered but with his second album, Beerbongs & Bentleys coming out last year he somehow managed to improve upon that first outing.
Post Malone appeared on stage at 9pm wearing blue shirt and trousers with the Union Jack on them shaped like hearts with his nickname, Posty on the front. He takes the stage by storm as he appears with a contagious energy erupting on to the stage as a gunshot sound effect spreads through the arena and he fires into Too Young. With songs like Blame on me and I Fall Apart showcasing his rawness and the intensity in his sound which made his voice fill the arena. With I Fall Apart he dedicated the song, “to the b***h that broke my heart”. The crowd now completely in the palm of his hands feeling every word Posty was saying while erupting in voice to make a powerful and substantial moment.
Halfway through the set he smoked a cigarette on stage and to quote was the, “Second most expensive cigarette I’ve ever smoked - £3,000”. Posty paid £4,000 in Birmingham. With expensive and overpriced merch, the cheapest tour t-shirt being £35, I suppose he has to have some way to pay to smoke a cigarette on stage.
He asked the crowd, “Do you mind if I play some guitar for you?” while going into Feeling Whitney and Stay. Prior to that he stated, “Lots of people think this is the boring part of the set but I don’t care”, these delicate and pure songs were received in an awe of silence. There wasn’t a moment where he lost the crowd with hit after hit being played! His debut single White Iverson was of course an expected highlight. With another gunshot preceding his massive hit Rockstar Posty momentarily went off stage returning with his acoustic guitar and then smashing it on stage in true Rockstar style, the roar of the crowd goes insane.
Post Malone Closed his performance by saying, “Don’t let anyone ever tell you you can’t do anything”, before he ended his set by celebrating his stardom with Congratulations. Its one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long time, with just Post Malone with a mic.