Abir and Jess Glynne Create Electric Atmosphere at Terminal 5
Tuesdays are hard. It’s the beginning of the week. People have to go to work the next day. There’s always a lot more that has to get done before the weekend.
If you were in attendance for Jess Glynne’s headlining performance of her Always In Between Tour at Terminal 5 last night, you would have thought it was 1 AM on a Saturday in Brooklyn. The packed crowd was loud from the beginning of Abir’s opening set, all the way through Glynne’s energetic showcase of her biggest hits in her young career thus far. Glynne first made headlines in 2015 when she topped the UK album chart with her debut album, I Cry When I Laugh. At Terminal 5, Glynne performed songs from the album that turned her into an overnight sensation, in addition to tracks from her successful follow-up, Always In Between. Music & Mojitos thinks there’s no place you would have rather been.
Abir wasted no time making a name for herself, getting the crowd warmed up for Glynne. She made every second on stage count, and when it was all said and done, the singer proved she was more than an EDM vocalist.
Establishing the tone of what was yet to come, Abir told her New York City fans that she was going to “talk mad sh*t and throw shade.” The people in attendance were impressed with Abir’s confident attitude and versatile range. Abir hit high notes that would make Ariana Grande sweat more than the fans who were in Terminal 5—true story.
As the opening act, Abir let her shining moment sink in. She addressed the crowd saying that she didn’t have anyone to look up to as a young Muslim girl growing up, but she was at Terminal 5, living her dream. In a previous conversation, Abir said that she would study legendary artists like Etta James—and it showed. She closed out her set with Cash Cash’s “Finest Hour.” Abir’s solo version of the popular dance track showed that she can stand alone without music festival theatrics, and hit it far out of the park.
When it was time for Jess Glynne to perform, the crowd was more than ready.
The boisterous mixed crowd were battling each other to get closer to the stage. Groups were also outrageously screaming “Yussss Queen” as Glynne stepped up to the mic. She wore an outfit that become a conversation piece as the evening proceeded. In what can only be best described as a Ghostbusters-chic body suit, Glynne effortlessly owned it. Talk about making a fashion statement. It’s no surprise that people are drawn to her. Bold and in control, the British 29-year-old got her fans rocking in what was the biggest venue she has played in the U.S. to date.
“Are you guys ready to get down with me and my band? Yeah? Are you sure about that?” Glynne asked before putting on a powerful showcase.
Judging by the crowd’s reaction, her devoted fans—many of them young women who no doubt look up to Glynne—were absolutely sure.
The “I’ll Be There” chart-topper took fans on an emotional rollercoaster, pulling out all the stops. There were ballads. There were quiet moments. There was also dancing—a lot of dancing.
“Thursday” tugged on heartstrings and made a deep, cutting mark on the heart and soul as it explored themes of loneliness, darkness, and insecurity. Switching gears, “All I Am” —an epic ode to love —had Glynne’s diverse fanbase grooving at every possible corner of Terminal 5. The party carried on as she turned back the clock with Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” the song that was all the rage when it dropped back in 2014. “Rather Be” is truly a celebration anthem for Glynne as it made her the star that we all love today.
Music & Mojitos was pleasantly surprised to see how much Abir grew as a vocalist and a performer since we last saw her at Electric Zoo 2018. She’s proven to be a force in her own right, and we can’t wait to see her continued growth. We also thought that Jess Glynne - whose incredible vocals backed by meaningful lyrics - has everything it takes to become a major powerhouse player in the music industry. We highly recommend you check her out when she comes to a city near you. You can purchase tickets for her Aways In Between Tour on her website.