Hoodie Allen: Concert Review


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Hoodie Allen performing his song "King to Me" towards the end of the show.

On February 5th, rapper Hoodie Allen made the second stop on his Happy Camper Tour in Seattle. Since the show at the Showbox Sodo was sold out, we were prepared to be squeezed into the venue with about 1500 other fans.

We arrived in Seattle at about 2pm to stand in line, waiting until the doors opened at 8. Needless to say, the weather was terrible. The wind started to pick up while the rain moved in which made for a very wet and non-enjoyable 6 hour wait. On the upside, we were able to sit in the second row for the whole show.

Opening for Hoodie were Blackbear and KYLE (Super Duper Kyle), who were two performers that absolutely blew away the audience with their obvious passion and enthusiasm. Combined, they preformed for around two hours and hyped up the crowd as Hoodie took the stage at 11.

Already having been to two other Hoodie Allen concerts together, we can honestly say that he really outdid himself. He chose the perfect openers and he put on the best show Seattle has ever seen. Not only did Hoodie preform tracks from his newest album “Happy Camper,” but he also played plenty of classic songs that his older fans could really reminisce in.

The concert ended around 12:45, but since we were lucky enough to receive free meet and greet wristbands, we didn’t leave the venue until about 1:30. After waiting in line for about a half hour, we finally made our way to the front and got to take pictures with Hoodie. Although security made the process feel very rushed and somewhat impersonal, it was still a great experience.

During our time meeting him, we mentioned that he needs to come back soon for another tour. “Oh yeah, definitely,” he replied. “I love Seattle.”

Overall it was a fantastic show, and we are excited to see what he has planned for future tours and events.