It was the third of December last year, while on the train bound to Tsuen Wan, when Karen excitedly told me that Troye Sivan – as in THE TROYE SIVAN – posted the schedule of his Bloom Tour Asia on his Instagram, and that good old Manila would be a part of it. The Manila leg of the tour was set on May first of 2019. I think one of us said, “Tara!” And the other one quickly answered, “Tara!” So it was decided right then and there that we would go to the concert. Lol! Ang daling mag-usap. I don’t think not going there was even an option for us anyway. We just had to be there.
After months of waiting… err, I think I should say YEARS of waiting, May first of 2019 finally came. We arrived at the MOA Arena at around 7:30 PM since the show was supposed to start at 8:00 PM and we were pleasantly surprised when we were told that our Upper Box tickets were upgraded to Lower Box ones. I still don’t know why that happened but just to be clear, no one’s really complaining here.
So our boy Troye decided to start the show smack right in the middle of the crowd and then started weaving his way towards the stage with the song “Seventeen”. I have to say that that song is my second favorite from his “Bloom” album from which “The Bloom Tour” was coined after. And God! What a smol bean Troye actually is. I just want to keep him in my pocket and carry him with me at all times.
It was just Troye and the band but the whole MOA Arena was brimming with such high energy which Troye even named as “big queer energy”. Everybody danced and tremendously enjoyed themselves to his songs “Bloom”, “Plum” and “Lucky Strike”. I mean, you won’t really be able to stop yourself from wanting to sway your body to his music because the thing with Troye’s music is that it moves you. Quite literally. It makes you want to move your body to the rhythm or maybe even strut down the road like a model. And it doesn’t help that Troye was seriously feeling himself that night. I am actually not sure who is feeding off whose energy that night. If Troye was feeding off the crowd’s energy or the crowd was feeding off Troye’s energy.
I think all throughout the night I just kept on saying “Oh my God” because I was in a perpetual state of disbelief. That is Troye Sivan prancing around the stage, showcasing his amazing vocals. That is Troye Sivan and his really strong stage presence. Like wow! What a time to be alive!
Seeing him perform his song from his EP of the same title called “Wild” was just really wild and I mean that in every definition of the word. I literally thought my eardrums were going to burst from all the screaming around me. I don’t even know how I was able to survive that performance without my ears falling off.
When I heard the first notes of his song “Postcard” playing I was instantly a mess. I didn’t know if I was going to be excited because that is my favorite song from the album, or if I was going to feel incredulous because I was actually going to hear him sing my favorite song live, or if I was going to cry because that song just really wants to make people bawl their eyes out. And oh God! His voice. His voice is a gift from the Heavens. So pure!
He then followed it with another tear-inducing song called “The Good Side” which we all know is written for Connor. Fight me if you think otherwise! Ugh! My #Tronnor heart. My hopia heart as well was wishing that he would sing another favorite of mine which is “for him.” but he didn’t and that was totally understandable and acceptable.
I think the best thing about the whole concert was how in that almost two hours, it became a safe place for the LGBTQ community. You would see couples hugging each other, just tenderly staring at each other, and “barkadas” who were genuinely enjoying the moment as the concert allowed everyone to become unapologetically themselves. This was a lot more evident when Troye performed “Heaven” and “Bite” which are both from his “Blue Neighborhood” album. I remember this beautiful lesbian couple on the row before us who were just singing to each other the whole time. Too cute!
Of course, Troye’s first concert in Manila would never be complete if he would not sing “Youth”. If the crowd went wild when he sang “Wild”, you bet that the crowd went even wilder when he performed “Youth”.
The Bloom Tour was not a concert. It was a huge dance party! I don’t think there was a single soul out there who didn’t dance the night away. I honestly can’t imagine not dancing and jumping with all of that immense energy crackling around you. I really hope that Troye would keep his promise that he would come back to Manila. Because this first concert will never be enough!
See you again Troye!