Photos + Review: Lydia & PVRIS at the House of Blues (San Diego, CA)

Lydia (Gilbert, AZ) and PVRIS (Lowell, MA)
May 22nd, 2016
House of Blues in San Diego, CA

When PVRIS announced their upcoming headliner tour I was super excited to know who their support was going to be.  When they announced their main support was going to be Lydia, I was STOKED.  With the help of CRUISR and Beach Weather, PVRIS and Lydia hit the House of Blues in San Diego Sunday night for a very sold out show.

This tour had some pretty strict rules and so I wasn’t allowed inside the venue until Lydia was set to play.  By the time I got into the House of Blues the floor was steamy and the crowd was ready to go.  Lydia came out bathed in very faint backlit blue lighting and began their set with “Take Your Time.”  The band was all smiles as fans sang along.  They went straight into “Riverman” off their latest record, Run Wild –an absolute gem by the way, and followed with “Hospital” from Illuminate.  I was hoping to hear something from Illuminate on the setlist and was glad the guys did such a good job of rounding it out.  Lydia has never disappointed me before and this time wasn’t the exception.  “Georgia” was definitely the highlight of the set with the band’s energy peaking and the crowd reciprocating it all back.  I love that with every Lydia tour I catch there are more and more people singing along.  I’ve seen this band grow so much since the first time I saw them live back in 2008 that I can’t help but feel proud as their crowds get bigger.  Their shows get better each and every time I see them and they put so much energy into playing that you can’t help but smile at what you get to witness.  Lydia is absolutely refreshing.

PVRIS has quickly become a staple band in many a fan’s music arsenal.  I first caught the band with Pierce the Veil in early 2015 and have been hooked since.  I was excited to finally get to catch a headliner of their own but with so many restrictions it definitely ruined the night a bit.  I was mostly looking forward to getting to hear the songs we normally missed out on during their support tours.  Songs like “Only Love,” “Ghosts,” and “Let Them In” were a real treat.  Their stage props and lighting were aesthetically pleasing and most older folks in the crowd kept their cool in the back or on the balcony as younger fans occupied the floor.  However, when frontwoman Lynn Gunn made her way to the barricade it was a total free-for-all as fans rushed her for the chance to obtain the coveted in action selfie shot.  The band as a whole sounded incredible and have come such a long way from the first time I caught them in San Diego.  I can’t wait to see what their next headliner will hold.

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