Sky Ferreria attempts to conquer her fears with intimate show at The Belmont

Word started to spread via social media early on Sunday afternoon that Sky Ferreria’s 6 p.m. slot on the Blue Stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest was being scrapped due to a flight delay. An alternate set was immediately scheduled for 9:30 tonight at the Belmont. Moved from a festival stage to a much more intimate show, it was a total upgrade for fans.

When the lights went down at 9:30 on the nose, the venue was still only about half full. Sky took the stage in a giant parka, with the hood still up and thanked the audience for coming “despite the change.” Her band started to play “24 Hours,” but a little more than halfway through the song, she stopped them and asked to start over because she was having trouble hearing her in-ear monitor. “I’m gonna fix this show,” she exclaimed before giving the song a second attempt.

There were a few minor stumbling blocks as the show continued, but she soldiered on feeding off the energy of her dedicated fans. The setlist was predominately comprised of tracks from her debut album “Night Time, My Time.” One of last year’s best pop records, she hit the audience with 9 tracks from the record. By the time she finished “Ain’t Your Right,” the evening’s second song, the Belmont had filled in from front to back and Ferreria seemed to find her footing.

As somebody who has recently toured worldwide on an arena tour opening up for Miley Cyrus, it’s a little surprising that she still lacks full confidence in herself on stage. Even with the adoration and screaming of fans, the fact that she never took her giant coat off was a big indicator that she isn’t quite ready to fully commandeer a stage. That said, she never stopped trying and her awkwardness is at least part of what makes her so endearing (“I almost drank the microphone,” she muttered after mistaking which hand her water bottle in).

For each moment where she experienced some shaky live vocals (usually in songs that had no backing track vocals to help guide her), she responded in kind with songs like “Heavy Metal Heart” where she belted out the chorus like her life depended on it, determined to prove that she could she really sing. Another highlight of the set was the single “You’re Not The One,” which found the crowd singing along at the top of their lungs. The only two songs performed that weren’t from her debut full-length were both from her 2012 “Ghost EP: “Lost In My Bedroom” and the epic set closer “Everything Is Embarrassing.”

The show was over almost as quickly as it was set up. Within an hour, she was off the stage and whisked away. The crowd was primed for an encore, but all we got was her keyboard player coming back out and dancing oddly on stage to a remix of “You’re Not The One.” As the house lights rose to indicate that an encore was out of the question, the general feeling was one of relief that the show went on at all.


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