Breaking down DPR Live’s ‘CTYL’ show in Dallas
After braving the Texas heat for hours on end, fans filled the room with excitement in their eyes as they waited for DPR Live’s performance. With a booming surround sound system, passionate fans of all ages and intoxicating energy filled every corner of Dallas’ Canton Hall on Oct. 10 as Live put his best foot forward during the eighth stop of the Coming To You Live, or CTYL, tour.
Canton Hall is a popular venue for artists all around the world to host their shows. From CL to St. Lucia, the new venue is no stranger to hosting popular acts. This time around was all about DPR Live and the entire DPR crew. Because the venue was a bit smaller than others, it was easier for fans to interact with them. Even those in the far back were able to feel connected despite not being upfront. Of course, this was not just because of the venue but also because of Live’s stage presence and ability to command the room.
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Live reignited the hype that had built while waiting for his entrance. The moment he walked on stage, his infectious energy spread throughout the entire venue. “Know Me” kicked off his set with fans shouting every word and grooving to the beat. Following this track were “Cheese & Wine” and “Laputa.” He revved up the ante as he interacted with fans, threw water, and worked the stage from corner to corner.
“Playlist” was a standout for multiple reasons, but the crew recreated the colors and vibrancy of the music video with colorful lighting of the stage. While the setlist remained the same as the prior stops, Live’s inclusion of Soundcloud tracks “Thirst” and “Til I Die” are a trip down memory lane and remind fans we all have dreams for a reason and nothing should ever discourage us from achieving them. The songs remind us the journey is not easy, but the outcome is worth it.
Fans really showed up to have the best time at this show. Their energy could be felt before Live walked on stage. Honestly, the opening act did a tremendous job in getting the crowd hyped and ready. DJ DAQ played various K-pop favorites including BTS’ “Mic Drop” and a remix of BLACKPINK’s “Whistle.” He also switched it up by playing summer hits like J Balvin’s “Mi Gente,” and even throwbacks like Busta Rhymes’ “Pass the Courvoisier Part II.”
By the time the DJ DAQ ended his set, fans erupted at the sight of Live. Fans shared special moments including him basking in the moment of fans singing the lyrics of “Jasmine.” Another memorable moment was Cline taking the stage to show his best viral dance moves even adding a special bit just for Dallas (Technically, they were all the dances from Fortnite. Yee haw, Texas!). From the shoot dance to the milly rock, Cline put his best foot forward in adding his energy to the atmosphere. “Playlist” offered a real treat as Christian Yu, DPR’s visual director, filmed and danced with Live throughout the song. The beat and groove were so intoxicating that my friend and I started our own dance battle as we let the vibes and lyrics flow through us. It was like time stopped and all that mattered was creating the best memories with your best pals.
The greatest moment of energy was when fans erupted in the “DPR, We Gang Gang” chant as they anticipated Live’s and the crew’s return to the stage for an encore. They were not disappointed. Fans jumped and proudly chanted the course of the song along with the Live and the DPR crew.
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In its entirety, the production of the concert was amazing. The real takeaway is DPR’s manifestation of a dream and seeing fans enjoy the artistry and hard work that goes into producing their craft. From beginning to end, Live showed appreciation and joy to be sharing this moment with fans. It wasn’t an artist and his fans, but a big family. For now, fans in Europe and the Asia Pacific regions will have their moments with Live and the DPR crew while those in North America anticipate what they bring us next. More than a show, the concert was an experience.
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