BENEE lights up the Variety Playhouse – Technical
June 17 was a big night for alternative electro-pop musician BENEE. It was her first time performing in Atlanta, part of her world tour.
Originally from New Zealand, it was quite far from BENEE.
Opening artist Dreamer Boy sang songs like “Puppy Dog” with lines such as “You make my wheels turn. It’s like I’m on a cloud.” Dreamer Boy provided a nice contrast for what was to come.
Chants of “BENEE” filled the Variety Playhouse as soon as the lights went down on Dreamer Boy. It was quickly replaced by cheers as the eerie notes of “Make You Sick” sounded from the stage.
Darkness dissolved on the stage and colorful lights exploded in the audience as BENEE started singing. The crowd went wild. There was a new energy in the room – BENEE was there.
Eventually, viewers could make out her in the lights. In contrast to the opener who was overdressed, BENEE was almost underdressed, wearing a white blouse with a black collar and flowing white pants. The only color on her was two red circles painted on her cheeks.
BENEE’s interactions with the audience really charged the room. From accepting gifts like a rose and a necklace to singing happy birthday to someone named Sebastian in the audience, she really connected with the crowd.
Many different chants ran through the room throughout the night. “Girls Are Cute”, “Water” and “Atlanta Love” are some examples. Reading Fan Favorites like “Snail” and “Soaked”, plus a few songs featuring other artists like Mallrat, Grimes and Kenny Beats & Bakar, BENEE was irresistible.
She even played a new unreleased song, “Morning Routine.” It shared the same signature vibes that are present in all of BENEE’s work, a strong rhythm with an electronic sound mixed with darker lyrics and an overall aesthetic – a soon to be a fan favorite.
“Find an Island” was also performed, as well as “Marry Myself”.
Both songs clearly illustrate how BENEE feels, and with lyrics like “Find an island away from me” and “Put on the ring, I want to get married,” it’s clear to listeners that she’s not interested. by someone’s company. .
BENEE saved the best for last, like most artists do, and played their breakthrough song, “Supalonely” towards the end of the concert. Colored lights illuminated it blue while pink spotlights created a beam effect in the crowd. The song went viral in 2020, at the start of the pandemic.
“I’m a sad girl in this big world. It’s a crazy world,’ she sings, continuing to explain how she’s cryingin the tub because of his loneliness. She is “Supalonely”.
Finally, BENEE ended the night with “Sheesh,” accompanied by strobe lights, sending the audience into an energetic frenzy of dancing and cheering.
With the combination of music, lights and human interaction, BENEE created another lively evening at Variety Playhouse for the audience.