Review and Photos by Marissa Bowen
On February 24th, FLETCHER started her tour in Seattle at Neumos. I knew going to a FLETCHER concert was going to be a night to remember. She took to social media earlier that day to talk about her excitement and nerves going into it. On Instagram she said, “Please be patient with me as I find my footing again. We can go on this rebirth journey together. And I’ll tell you all the stories along the way. Like I always have.”
FLETCHER’s Seattle show was the first show she’s played in over two years. Like many others, I was excited to see what she would bring to the stage. She did not disappoint her fans, who were lined up around the block in advance of the doors’ opening for the sold-out evening.
She had one opener for the show, G-Flip. I didn’t know anything about this artist beforehand, but as soon as they took the stage, I immediately felt and enjoyed the energy that was put out. They’re queer, from Australia, and knows their way around a drumset. They orchestrated the crowd to start chanting “FLETCHER!” at the top of their lungs so she could hear it backstage. It was a fun way to start the night. They captivated everyone by switching from singing and interacting with the crowd to hopping on the drums and delivering insane drum solos. At one point, the lights went dim and they brought out light-up drumsticks and did a fun cover mashup of a few well known songs.
When FLETCHER took the stage, whatever nerves she was feeling didn’t show. She came out with confidence and sounded incredibly polished. You could tell how taken aback by all the love and support she received from the crowd those first few songs. Everything from her stage setup to the lighting to her outfit were a photographer’s dream. As the night went on, she threw some surprises in her set. In the middle of one of her songs, she covered part of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever.” Her fans enjoyed the twist during her 18-song setlist.
During her performance, FLETCHER took a few moments to be vulnerable with us by playing an emotional, unreleased song. This show was also the first time she played her biggest hit “Bitter” to a live audience. It felt special to be a part of that moment. It’s definitely a show I’ll be thinking about for a long time.