It was easy to feel the eagerness of fans waiting to see 26-year-old German singer and songwriter Kim Petras on Friday.
The artist’s rise in popularity began in 2017 after releasing her debut single “I Don’t Want it at All” and collaborating with Charli XCX on her Pop 2 mixtape.
Unsurprisingly, as a result of this, and the success of the numerous singles she has released since then, the show (along with many others on her “Broken” headlining tour) was sold out and had an extensive line wrapping around the side of Fine Line before doors were opened.
Starting off the night was Mazurbate, a NY-based DJ and stylist to Petras. Knowing very well the crowd he was playing to, he started things off with Charli XCX’s “Boys,” and had everyone in the venue singing along straight away. A mix of Azelia Banks, Lady Gaga, Sophie, and other similar artists filled his set, in addition to some entertaining outliers like The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” and a Carrie Underwood (who was also in Minneapolis the same night for a show) “Before He Cheats” remix.
Once Mazurbate’s set concluded and the stage was rearranged, the lights dimmed and it was time for Petras’ set to begin. Her DJ exchanged a few “Woo-Ah” chants with the crowd, her signature exclamation that can be found in every one of her songs, then Petras energetically came onto stage sporting her iconic mini side-bun.
She kicked off her set with one of her newer singles, “Got My Number.” From this moment on, she had the crowd singing every word.
Petras impressively kept this energy going throughout the entirety of her 18-song set. Her dancing and interacting with the crowd to no end was accompanied by a variety of entertaining visuals on stage that included references to Pokémon, Mario Kart, and Sailor Moon.
After the high-energy favorites to kick off the night, she transitioned into a few slower, sadder songs for her “emo bitches.” This was followed by a grouping of songs from her 2018 Halloween EP Turn off the Light, Vol. 1 after giving a shoutout to her “spooky bitches.”
Near the end of the show, Petras took a moment to a moment to acknowledge how excited she was to be on her first headlining tour, especially as a proud trans woman during Pride month. She wished the crowd a happy Pride and thanked everyone for coming out before going into her encore, featuring the hits “Heart to Break” and “Sweet Spot,” both of which had the crowd singing and dancing along the entire time.
With such an entertaining show, a stacked setlist, and her charming stage presence, there is no doubt that Kim Petras’ recent success is sure to continue to grow, especially after the release of her debut studio project Clarity at the end of the month. Those in attendance should feel lucky to have experienced Petras in such an intimate setting. Her catchy, upbeat, unapologetic pop sound is sure to have her playing much larger venues in no time at all.
Review written by Victoria Kosel