By Elyssa DiCostanzo
On Tuesday October 9th, Troye Sivan played a sold out show at Radio City Music Hall as a part of his Bloom Tour. He brought Leland and Kim Petras as opening acts along with a few other surprises for the crowd.
It was very obvious walking into the theater that this was a place of openness and acceptance, seeing several people waving Pride flags—some even had them wrapped around their neck like a cape. The audience ranged from teenaged girls, to middle-aged men and everything in-between. It became clear that many of these individuals have lacked an inspiration like Troye Sivan over the years, an openly gay pop star who wasn’t afraid of being themselves.
Audience member and longtime fan Johnny Tripolisi said Sivan “has songs he can actually relate to. He is a boy who sings about other boys.” Tripolisi also credited Troye Sivan with helping him come out. He said songs like “Heaven” and “Blue” helped him feel less alone when he started questioning his sexuality.
Sivan opened up the show with his song “Seventeen” off his latest album entitled Bloom. A few songs into the set, he talked about the incredible view he saw as he looked out into the audience. He then said he wanted to share the view with someone, and called out a seat number. This was all a plan to get two fans up on stage for a marriage proposal.
After performing “Postcard”, Sivan stopped to speak about a new movie he’s starring in called Boy Erased which is based on a true story by Garrard Conley about his experience in conversion therapy. He then performed a song he wrote for the movie as well called “Revelation”. It was a live debut.
He also brought out pop singer Charli XCX to perform their new song together called “1999”. After Charli XCX exited the stage, Troye praised her and said she was a pop icon at the forefront of it all.
Troye concluded the show with “Animal” before coming out for an encore to perform two of his most popular songs, “Youth” and “My My My!”.
21-year-old Katie Alfonso attended the concert with her girlfriend Valerie and said, “Coming to shows with an all LGTBQ+ lineup like this one really gives me a sense of community. I know I’m in a safe space and surrounded by people like me”. She then went on to list other artists that make her feel similarly. “It is important that these artists use their platforms, we have such little representation,” she added.
The Bloom Tour will continue until the beginning of November and Boy Erased will be coming to theaters on November 2nd.