Noah Kahan at KEMBA Live! in Columbus, OH

Noah Kahan’s fans were treated to a sold-out show at KEMBA Live! with fans expressing how they’d never seen such a large crowd at the venue.

Doors opened up at 6:30 PM where fans had been eagerly waiting in line for hours to ensure they had the first grabs at getting a good spot to watch the show. Ruston Kelly kicked off the show. Kelly put on a phenomenal and relatively long set that included his hits “In the Blue,” “Mockingbird,” and “Radio Cloud.” Kelly knew his targeted audience when he selected to play Taylor Swift’s hit “All Too Well.” Fans could surely be heard at great distances while singing with Kelly the lyrics, “You call me up again just to break me like a promise/so casually cruel in the name of being honest.” The latest from Kelly is his single “Heaven Made The Darkness” which was released on the eighth of this month. He states on his Instagram is an “extension of the Weakness.”

Following much anticipation from fans, Noah Kahan made his stage entrance just shy of a few minutes before 8:45 PM and was welcomed by a maximum-capacity packed venue. Kahan noted that he had been playing shows in Columbus since 2018 and it was surreal to be playing at a larger venue. He stated how packed KEMBA Live! was in comparison to when he played the venue just last year. Kahan has been signed to a record deal since 2017, but the New England singer-songwriter has really blown up this past year following the release of his hit record, Stick Season. One reason for Kahan’s growing success is the sincerity and realism that fans relate to in his music. Fans resonate with his lyrics and feel connected to the themes he sings about.

Kahan put on a powerful setlist that stretched just over an hour and fifteen minutes long where he played hits from his album Stick Season and even a couple of throwback songs that were dedicated to longtime fans of his. Kahan was incredibly charismatic and fun to watch perform on the stage. He was accompanied by a great band which clearly shows the same passion for the music that he does. He began his set with “Northern Attitude” and “New Perspective” which both have themes of what it’s like growing up in a small town while watching life go on around you. Fans were incredibly receptive to one of Kahan’s latest hits, “Dial Drunk.” The version that was released features Post Malone.

Kahan came back to the stage for an encore set where he featured arguably two of his biggest songs, “Stick Season” and “Homesick.” Fans could be heard telling people to stay for the encore because “they were going to miss the best part of the show if not.” Kahan gave a dynamic performance of the two songs that really catapulted his career and fans were sure to give it their best at singing loudly alongside him.

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Maddy has been always been passionate about music and photography. After moving from Eastern Kentucky she was eager to make an appearance at concerts with camera in hand. Maddy's favorite genres are alternative, indie, and pop punk.