To read the first post in the 52 gigs series and all about how Ruby Fields was the moment I realised I had to stop being scared of everything, click here.
Gig 12 was the realisation that the 52 Gigs idea is actually working, having felt no anxiety in the lead up to going to see Gflip I realised that I definitely was getting better. Could this be attributed, in part, to the fact that I’ve listened to that album more times than I can remember since its release? Possibly. Or the fact I met friends there? Highly likely, but a win is a win and I felt fairly comfortable for the first time in a long time.
Having seen Gflip a number of times, trust me when I say that she gets even more incredible every single time. From the first time I saw her play at Jive (her first Adelaide headline show) to last week when I was at the first of two sold out shows at Lion Arts, Gflip has transformed into not just an incredibly talented artist but an entertainer.
Much like the ever-evolving talent and entertainment that Gflip brings to the stage, my level of fangirl grows as time goes on. When I first saw Gflip I didn’t think I could ever have a favourite song, having only released two singles that were both great and playing shows with a number of unreleased songs I was firm in my opinion that I would never have a favourite. I was wrong. I can hand on heart say that Lover is my favourite song off of About Us and I don’t think that will ever change.
Between the belting tunes, banter with her bandmates (also brilliant) and engaging with the audience she also found time to mesmerise the crowd with a drum solo. It’s no secret that she’s multi-talented when it comes to music, but despite expecting a drum solo I did not expect THE drum solo. Drumming to a range of songs and ending with a sound clip of Kylie Jenner singing “rise and shine,” Gflip had the crowd dancing, singing and laughing. Sharing stories about her life, her relationship and her songs and even teaching the audience a song she wrote on tour it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a group of people so genuinely engaged with an artist (this could also be the lack of beers that I drank) and didn’t feel the crushing urge to be an industrial sized fan like the last gig. It was such an incredible moment to not feel caught up in my head, I could spend the entire time focussed on feeling the music and enjoying the gig rather than panicking about whether I was drinking my drink at the appropriate speed.
I’m not sure if it’s the crowd that Gflip attracts, or if it’s that my anxiety is getting more manageable, but I definitely need to keep leaving the house and probably try and do it slightly more sober than I have been. If there’s tickets to a tour date near you available, I urge you to go and see her live you won’t regret it!
I’ll be going back to regular posting as of this week right across my blog and Wattpad. I know I’ve been absent, I’ve had a rough time mental health wise but I’m starting to feel a bit better and have some exciting things coming up!