Fans of singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes gathered together at Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil on Saturday (5th October) to witness the singer performing his hit singles. The concert, entitled “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” Live in Malaysia” was organised by PR Worldwide, in support of his self-titled 3rd studio album.

Despite the unwelcoming weather during the evening (it rained), die hard fans had gathered as early as 3pm at the venue. And by 6pm, the crowd started to fill in the doors of the arena. All of them were excited to party their night out with the young artiste.

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Interestingly, another big event was also held at the neighbouring stadium; Stadium Bukit Jalil. For those who are curious, a friendly football match between Malaysia and Sri Lanka also took place on the same day. Therefore, the venue was more crowded than usual, with both Harimau Malaya supporters and die hard Shawn Mendes fans in attendance.

After everyone was settled down to their seats, a montage video was played at the circular screen, warming up the party. The former Vine star soon appeared on stage with his guitar – wearing a sleeveless button-up with a pair of black trousers to complete his sleek look – and opened the show with “Lost In Japan” followed by his 2017 hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. During his next take on the song “Nervous”, the Toronto-born hunk greeted asked the crowd in the arena, “How you guys doin’ out there?”

After the performance, he revealed to everyone that it was his first time in Malaysia. He shared with his fans his excitement and thanked everyone for coming. He then proceeded to performing “Stitches” – taken from his debut studio album – and wowed audience with his soulful voice complete with smoke stage effects to add in the kick in his performance.

The 21-year-old then switched his instrument to the piano and performed a mellower take on his hit songs with Camilla Cabello; “Senorita” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, which in turn received overwhelming screams from everyone in the arena. He then continued the show with the performance of “Mutual” and “Bad Reputation”.

Fans continued to be mesmerised by his vocals and also his stage performance, complete with the sound of electric guitar accompanying the song in the middle of the performance. After that, he proceeded with his live rendition of the songs “Never Be Alone” while playing his piano. The lights started to fade away as he made his way out of the stage as soon as the song ended.

The lights finally came back as the singer took to a different stage set at the centre of the arena – complete with a large standing rose prop to complete the look. He took us down memory lane with a cover of Whitney Houston’s classic hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” before performing “Because I Had You” along with the medley of “Because I Had You”, “A Little Too Much”, “Patience” and also “When You’re Ready”.

He then asked fans to sing along with him while performing “Life Of The Party” and also “Like To Be You” – the latter number is a collab project with fellow pop star Julia Michaels. He continued with the performance of “Ruin” and interacted with audience that came. He then made his way back to the main stage and performed “Treat You Better”, which received the loudest cheer from fans. It was clear concert-goers knew every word to the song’s lyrics.

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And just when we thought he was running out of energy with all the to-and-fros, he took it up another notch with another energetic performance of “Particular Taste” and “Where Were You In The Morning”.

Prior to the performance of “Fallin’ All In You”, he expressed his gratitude towards his die-hard fans by thanking them for sending him lots of loves. He also shared that the song was co-written with an artiste that he respects – Ed Sheeran. He then asked fans to clap along to the jam as he showed off his eccentric guitar skills.

The song “Youth” felt personal, as he described the lyrics as “not about being how old or how young. But instead it describes the feeling of youth itself, the feeling of freedom.” He expressed each and every message of the song in a passionate manner as the lyrics goes –Β “You can’t take my youth away”. He then proceeded to perform “If I Can’t Have You”, mixed with a witty lyrics describing our country at the beginning of the song.

The party continued with Mendes performing “Why” and “Mercy” on the stage. He didn’t miss a single second interacting with fans at all sides of the arena. He sang some parts of “Why” while sitting at one corner of the stage before moving onto another corner as he performed “Mercy”.

Right before his last 2 songs, he thanked everyone for having him here. He felt loved by all the cheers from all the fans. “The exciting part of the night was YOU (the fans),” said the VMA award-winning singer. He then closed the show with a cover from Coldplay’s “Fix You” and a one last performance of his hit song “In My Blood”.

 

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Hey KL i felt an overwhelming amount of love from you last night. Thank you so much πŸ–€

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Overall, we felt that the whole 2 hours of the show just went by so fast. His charismatic and energetic performance on stage had left fans craving for more. We’ll look forward for his next visit to our country anytime soon!

Images by PR Worldwide.

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Syahrul Ramadan
Graduated with a major in K-pop studies... (lol jk πŸ˜†)