One thing I needed this year was this live stream. It was incredible. As someone who has never seen Louis live it was a beautiful experience to finally get to her him sing even if it was not a traditional concert setting.
This year Louis planned on going on tour for his debut album 'Walls' however due to the pandemic he had to postpone after only 2 shows, something many other artists have had to do this past year. But even with that in mind Louis still wanted to be able to put on a show to celebrate his crews and fans, he said "The feeling of support I get from [the fans] every time I do something is unbelievable. Forever thankful!".
This year has been tough for everyone including musicians and their behinds the scenes crew, so Louis wanted to put together a 'normal' concert experience, with his whole band and crew.
During the concert Louis sang a total of 18 songs, including all 12 from his debut album (plus Just Hold On, a previously released song) as well as 3 One Direction covers of Drag Me Down, Through the Dark, and Little Black dress, a perfect homage to his previous band. He also sang his infamous Beautiful War cover from Kings of Leon, which was as phenomenal as ever. Another song Louis performed on the night was a new song called 'Copy of a Copy of a Copy' which he debuted on the night for the first time. Up until the performance Louis had been hinting towards a new song, with him even tweeting the name of the song the day of the concert, of course this brought a lot of excitement to Louis' fandom (including me!).
Throughout the whole night Louis was switching between two stages when he performed, his main stage which held his band and large screens which played concert visuals as well as close camera shots of Louis and his band. On this stage he performed his more electric songs, especially Kill My Mind (his last song of this night). Whilst singing he had videos of his fans singing along playing behind him, bringing his fans closer together to help celebrate such a great night together which they have not been able to experience since March.
In contrast, he also had a smaller circular stage which he used during his more intimate songs like Two of Us for example. This stage was a generally smaller setting making it more centred onto him and the songs themselves, bringing more attention the lyrics making them more personal which could not have been captured easily when being performed on his large stage. This is something which was so special about the live stream, as this versatility is not something Louis could easily do when performing at his shows at live venues before.
Like most of Louis' music videos and concert photography, Charlie Lightening was the one filming the concert for Louis that night. Charlie is known for his concert films (with previous being for Liam Gallagher and Black Sabbath) and has worked close alongside Louis for a few years now, so it came as no surprise that Charlie was a part of the crew for the night. Louis tweeted after the show personally thanking Charlie for the work, he had done for Louis to be able to put on a show that night.
As I have said before this whole live stream was an incredible work of art and was such a good way to celebrate Louis, his crew and fans whilst also raising money for four incredible charities close to Louis' heart (FairShare, StageHand, Crew Nation, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospital). Louis sold around 160,000 tickets which is a sure representation for the love Louis' fans have for him. And it is sure to raise a load of money for well deserving charities. What a great way to end a not-so-great year!