Glass Animals at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA

The Dreamland Tour swept in to save us from the mid-week blues this week in Alpharetta, GA.

Glass Animals, the English, mixed-genre band finally made it back to the Atlanta area to perform for an eager crowd at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. Filled with bright neon signage, kitschy props, and immersive big screen graphics, the staging fully immersed the audience in the Dreamland aesthetic.

The hypnotic title track, “Dreamland,” started things off with a relaxed vibe, easing the crowd into the energetic show to come. Lead singer, Dave Bayley’s impressive vocals (pitch-perfect to the record) and on-beat dance moves during the more upbeat tracks like “Life Itself” brought a contagious energy to the room. 

The first throwback of many throughout the night was “Black Mambo” from the band’s debut album ZABA, the slow jam inspired by Breaking Bad served to introduce new fans to their stellar repertoire. Clearly fan favorites, the crowd cheered as popular songs “Gooey” and “Pork Soda” played. “Your Love (Deja Vu),” the catchy but lyrically deep song, a trend among all of Glass Animal’s work, was a particular highlight; calling out listeners for holding onto unhealthy relationships that they know are toxic but won’t end. 

As with any great show, a stellar performance deserves an even more powerful encore. Obvious that the crowd was hungry for more, Dave and the rest of the band returned to the stage with “Tokyo Drifting”, a hit from their latest album that features artist, Denzel Curry. To the crowd’s ultimate surprise, they were then treated to a new single titled “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance).” As if on cue, everyone lifted their phones to record as they experienced the song for the first time, eager to save a memory to replay. The veritable cherry on top, Glass Animals finished with “Heat Waves,” a track that happens to be making its own waves lately by trending online and currently charting #23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. 

All and all, this show was a fantastical escape for anyone wanting to take a step away from the everyday monotony to have a good time. You could tell standing in the Amphitheatre that night, that all of this band’s obvious hard work is paying off. It was a magical experience, hearing the collective sound of voices singing along to their favorite songs and the pure joy on the faces of each band member. With lyrics designed to leave you questioning the deeper meaning driven by strong beats that are catchy and fun but underline the meaning of each track and a star of a frontman who gave everything he had from beginning to end, this show was the whole package and we cannot wait to see what they do next. 

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