Photos by Paula Araujo and Lyndsey Nadeau
Story by Lyndsey Nadeau
As best friend of Taylor Swift, it’s no surprise Selena Gomez is able to put on a engaging production for her fans. The Revival Tour stopped in Uncasville, Connecticut at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 29 with headliner, Selena Gomez, and supporting acts DNCE and Bea Miller.
Former X Factor contestant, Bea Miller, helps energize the audience as the first opening act. At 17, she has a powerful voice and a promising future in the music industry.
Joe Jonas appears to finally be in his element with his band, DNCE. With the Jonas Brothers, sometimes it felt as if Nick and Joe were competing to define the voice of the band. Now, Joe Jonas is able to create the music he loves with musicians who seem to share the same vision. A lot has changed since the Camp Rock days, but Joe Jonas continues to be the same silly performer, with exaggerated facial expressions and crazy stunts. While the band performed many of their own songs, including“Cake By the Ocean” and “Toothbrush,” they also covered the ‘90s hit “No Scrubs” by TLC.
Selena Gomez’s confidence has increased tenfold since she began performing in large arenas several years ago. With a Beyoncé-esque production, complete with a number of super-sexy outfit changes, Selena puts on a captivating show for her fans. The set list includes classics like “Love You Like a Love Song,” a few covers, and her latest hit singles like “Same Old Love” and “Hands to Myself.” Her “Who Says” performance is one of the highlights of the show; the song, she says, means more to her now than it had when she originally recorded it. As an inspirational anthem against haters, it has the ability to touch everyone in a different way, and is the perfect throwback for The Revival tour.
It’s a miracle Gomez doesn’t end the show with her hair tangled in a large knot with the wind machine and countless hair flips she incorporates into her set. In May, Gomez told InStyle that her hair “becomes part of what I’m singing about in a weird way, like I can speak with conviction through my hair.” Her hair is almost as enthralling as her performance—sort of.
Between outfit changes, the large screens attempt to entertain the arena full of screaming fans with videos of Gomez, but it’s almost as if there are too many of these mini intermissions. Nonetheless, the Revival tour demonstrates the growth of Selena’s stage presence, and is a fun, worthwhile escape from daily life.
The Revival Tour continues across the world through December 18. For tour dates, click here.