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"It's All A Blur" Tour: Drake's Concert in NHP's Backyard

By Dhara Patel and Nyelle Sarreal

In 2023, singer Aubrey Drake Graham, universally recognized as Drake, sent shockwaves through the music industry with his announcement of his forthcoming North American tour, featuring J. Cole, dubbed the “It’s All a Blur Tour.” This announcement, pioneered by two of today’s most popular rappers, enticed devoted fans from the United States and Canada to buy a ticket to see a once-in-a-lifetime performance. 

As the tour’s opening date of July 5, 2023 closed in, fans became increasingly active on social media platforms, unleashing their excitement and eagerly counting down the days until their turn to attend the concert. From viral videos anticipating Drake’s setlist for the tour to radios airing his most iconic songs, anticipation grew amongst the fans.  

On the day of their respective concert dates, fans were met with numerous unexpected surprises. In a heartwarming gesture during his show in Charlotte, North Carolina, Drake offered a fan who had flown in from Colorado to see the performance money to cover his flight back, plus an additional $10,000 as an act of kindness. Moreover, the singer also made sure to always keep fans on their toes, inviting a multitude of celebrities and influencers, including Lil Yachty, Kevin Durant, Meek Mill, LeBron James and many more. Recently, at one of his concerts at UBS Arena, Drake brought out Sexxy Red, a featured artist on Drake’s high charting song “Rich Baby Daddy.”

“There wasn’t anybody that I expected to see, but that was the first concert I’ve ever been to where a surprise guest was brought out that wasn’t an opener or already on the list so that was really cool,” senior Kaitlyn Bell said. “Drake definitely could’ve brought out anybody and I wouldn’t have been surprised though.”

During these concerts, Drake combined his music and cutting-edge visual effects, elevating the live performances. From the elaborate lighting synced with the beat of his music to the incorporation of fog and 3D illusions to transport the crowd into his music videos. Drake and his management team established LED-mounted screens on the floor to add enticing 3D animations that fill the night sky, making each concert leave a lasting impression on the audience. Drake’s commitment to surpassing the boundaries of visual effects to ensure that his performances deliver quality and memorable experiences for all of the audience was evident.

Source by Guneet Hanjra

Drake went above and beyond fans' expectations, creating a show full of engaging visual effects.

“The visuals that were the most memorable to me was when we played ‘You Broke My Heart.’ The lights were blue and with every beat drop, fire came out.” said senior Michelle Galeano.

“It was one of the best concerts I’ve been to,” senior Heather Acosta said. “Everyone was screaming their hearts out to the songs. I bought the tickets in November, so I had been waiting for four months for the show. It definitely lived up to my expectations.”

The concerts were held at numerous locations; however, several concerts were held near New Hyde Park Memorial High School, making it easily accessible for students. For example, one of the concerts took place in the UBS Arena on March 28 and 29, 2024. The close proximity gave students at Memorial an arena “right in their backyard,” allowing them to visit the Drake concert with easy transportation. In fact, UBS Arena is an estimated four-minute train ride on the Long Island Rail Road from New Hyde Park station, making UBS a hot spot for NHP students to see their favorite performers live.

Through the blend of captivating performance elements and the utter convenience of venues to students, Drake’s concerts left the audience in awe. As Drake continues to redefine the limitations of live performances, the audience gains transformative experiences alongside one of the most influential artists in the music industry.


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