Chart topping rapper, NF, brought his sold out Hope Tour to the Gas South Arena in Duluth, GA this past Saturday night. The sold out crowd’s energy was nothing short of palpable as they waited patiently for NF to take the stage in support of his recent release, HOPE.
Opening the show was the talented rapper Cordae, whose dynamic performance set the tone for the evening. His lyrical engaging stage presence had the crowd on their feet, getting them perfectly warmed up for what was to come.
After Cordae’s short, yet enjoyable set, the house music became ominous. Getting loud and louder and the time drew closer to 9pm. The lights dimmed and the music for NF’s title track, “HOPE,” began to play…with no NF in sight. As the crowd grew more eager with anticipation, the lyrics came loud and clear “So without further ado, I’d like to introduce my album… HOPE,” NF then slowly rose from the stage ready to show Atlanta what he was all about.
The stage was set with impressive visuals and lighting, a huge production upgrade from any of his previous tours, creating an atmosphere that perfectly complemented NF’s emotional and raw performance. Following “HOPE,” were also new tracks “MOTTO” and “CAREFUL (ft Cordae).” While the crowd sang along to every lyric, NF was sure to not miss a beat.
Throughout the night, NF flawlessly blended his chart-topping hits “Time” and “Let You Down” with tracks from his latest album, HOPE, “MOTTO,” “CAREFUL (ft Cordae),” “RUNNING.” As he seamlessly transitioned from heart-wrenching ballads like “MAMA” to high-energy anthems like “HAPPY” and “PANDEMONIUM,” each track delivered the same intensity and passion that helped garner his more than 16,000 fans in the building.
More than half way through his 20 song set, the arena’s lights dimmed and the music stopped as NF made his way to a second stage in the middle of the arena. As the music began for his smash hit “Let You Down,” the crowd erupted with cheers followed by passionate singing without missing a single beat or lyric. Following was “GONE” a passionate track featuring Julia Michaels (who unfortunately was not there).
As the night went on, NF’s vulnerability and authenticity continued to shine through. His heartfelt interactions with the audience between songs made it evident that this wasn’t just a performance, but a genuine conversation with his fans. He even made it a point to ask the crowd if they preferred ‘bone in’ or ‘bone out’ wings. To which, no surprise, the crowd voted ‘bone in’ wings by a landslide.
As NF made his way back to the stage finishing off the night, the crowd erupted as he closed the show with “When I Grow Up” and “Returns” before ending with a powerful rendition of “CLOUDS,” leaving everyone with a sense of hope and empowerment.
There is no doubt to why NF’s nearly 50-date HOPE Tour is more than half way sold out with remaining available shows low on tickets. Be sure to purchase tickets for the HOPE TOUR before it’s too late, here.