On April 17, the crowd at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club had a lot to celebrate. Not only was it St.Paddy’s Day, but it was also Fletcher’s first Boston headlining show and her birthday.
The celebration began with “Sweet and Sour” singer, Amelia Moore, who had the crowd swaying along to “moves” and taking a drink every time she sang about her “ex.”
Shortly after, the crowd was singing along with Julia Wolf. Between songs, the “Nikes” singer opened up about her struggles with being shy in school and feeling as if her voice didn’t matter. “Your voice matters,” she empowered the crowd.
That positivity and empowering message carried over to Fletcher’s set. As she sang from a transformed New York City alleyway stage, complete with loading dock platforms for her band and flickering multicolored street lights, she encouraged the audience to “enjoy and be present.”
Her 16 song set was filled with favorites like “Cherry,” “girls girls girls,” and “Undrunk,” and tracks off her latest album. “Boston I have a question for you…are you ready for some fucking sex tapes?,” Fletcher asked the roaring crowd.
Whether she was singing “Shh… Don’t Say It” or a cover of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever,” Fletcher utilized every bit of the stage, singing from the tops of prop oil barrels and laying down across the loading dock entrance.
Even with the elaborate backdrops and the popularity of her music, it was clear that Fletcher’s relationship with her fans was paramount. Fan’s held up creative signs and Fletcher took time to interact with the crowd and document the night with her Sony video camera. To fans’ excitement she took her signature boob signing break. The love was mutual and fans surprised Fletcher when they burst into “Happy Birthday.”
Fletcher finished out her show with an emotional encore. She opened up about her own recent struggles with mental health and identity and shared her unreleased, “For Cari,” which she wrote for herself.
Overwhelmed by the support of her friends and family in the crowd, she began to tear up. “Let’s just do this forever,” she told the swooning audience. Fletcher, we couldn’t agree more.