When I entered Terminal 5, a group of girls was viciously scrubbing at the giant X's marked with Sharpie indicating they were under 21 as a girl was being escorted out for having a few too many drinks. The show hadn't even started and people were dropping like flies. Which seems to be a running theme at Terminal 5 shows, along with sticky floors from beer spills and wishing I wore fewer layers of clothing because the place is a sweat box. But none of that mattered on Saturday night when Grace Mitchell
put on a ground-breaking and insanely fun sold-out performance at Terminal 5.
Grace Mitchell came on to the stage at Terminal 5 and it sent an instant jolt of energy through the stacked tiers filled with eager fans. Dressed in slim overalls and a blazer with a fiery halo of curly hair, Mitchell was backlit by gentle hues of blue and pink where you could only make out her silhouette. She opened with "Raceday" and delivered contagious high-energy right from the start. When she wasn't shredding on her guitar or throwing in the occasional high kick, Mitchell was so getting so absorbed in her performance that she'd collapse to the ground and slide across the stage.
The 19-year-old genre-bender captivated the crowd's attention throughout her short set by combining synthy rock with bouncy pop and added a little 80s feels to her tracks. Mitchell rarely broke her smile as she'd scream, "How're ya feelin', New York City?!" which resulted in an immediate roar from the crowd. "NoLo" and "Jitter" were some of the highlights (as well as her free-flowing dance moves) and the crowd's energy levels were through the roof as we waited for mø to begin.
Due to technical difficulties, mø's set started more than 30 minutes late. You could feel the crowd's energy being bottled up as Lana Del Rey's Honeymoon
was playing over the speakers - bringing the vibes to a rare low. But as soon as the venue lights went out and mø's initials popped up in bulb lights, the crowd erupted in jumping and cheering and we instantly forgot about the delay. Mø jumped right into "Don't Wanna Dance" followed by "Waste Of Time." There aren't many people who can shamelessly dance, hair-whip and roll around on stage the way mø does - all while delivering an intimidating stare into the crowd.
Mø's three-piece band was made of a guitarist with an impressive line-up of guitars, a drummer, and a keyboardist. The technical difficulties from the beginning of the show were soon forgotten once we all heard a live performance that's better than the record itself. Mø has charisma and carries an eccentric attitude that results in her dancing around like she really doesn't give a f*ck - and the crowd feeds off that energy.
At one point in the show, mø appeared on the second level, fiercely singing from the balcony, surrounded by fans who were snapping selfies like rapid-fire. Mø performed a new track, "On & On" with had some reggae feels to it while "Final Song," "Fire Rides" and "Drum" all triggered an epic dance party with a shout along. Mø closed out the night with "Lean On" as she graciously thanked the crowd for filling up Terminal 5.