Hunter Hayes rocks Sears Centre

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Tattoo Your Name Tour Stage Setup

Maddie Hirschfield

Hunter Hayes brought his Tattoo Your Name Tour to the Sears Centre Arena on Friday, Nov. 21. The venue was packed with a screaming crowd of all ages that stayed energetic throughout the night.

Early in the day, a few die-hard fans were seen surrounding the building searching for the country star, hanging around his tour bus, and camping out in front of the arena doors to ensure they would be first in line.

When the doors opened at 6:00 p.m., concert-goers jampacked the venue as they waited in line for t-shirts, bought food and drinks and took their seats. From then on, they anxiously waited for an act to take the stage.

The opening act, The Railers, played for roughly 30 minutes to get the crowd ready for the rest of the show. The budding band was filled with raw talent that got the crowd going. The next act, Dan + Shay, was more well-known and was well-received by the crowd. The fun duo energized the fans and got them pumped up for the final act they were waiting for.

At around 9:00 p.m., Hunter Hayes appeared on stage and opened with a crowd favorite, “Storyline.” His set list included songs from his first and second albums, such as “Wanted” and “Nothing Like Starting Over.” Hayes played a variety of instruments including the piano and guitar and performed on two different stages in the arena. He closed with an encore that ended with one of his best hits, “I Want Crazy.” During this song, confetti fell from the ceiling and Hayes signed autographs and took pictures with fans in the pit before returning backstage.

This is the fifth Hunter Hayes concert I have attended, and I can confirm that he continues to impress every time. As a frequent attendee of concerts, I can also say that his shows and talent are some of the best I have seen compared to other country artists.