2018 Clockenflap giveaway contest - Laura Elizabeth Johnson

By Laura Elizabeth Johnson, 17, YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College

We asked our readers to write review of either a live concert that you went to recently, or of your favourite music album for their chance to win an pair of weekend passes to Clockenflap! Here is one of the entries, which has not been edited for content

By Laura Elizabeth Johnson, 17, YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College |

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So, a bit of context: I have not been to many concerts. In fact, this concert was the second one I have ever been to, the first one being the Imagine Dragons concert that happened in January. The Imagine Dragons concert was extremely good - the music was great, the visuals in the concert was unlike anything I had ever seen and the music was obviously great too.

The Killers live here, however, was an entirely different experience.

When first entering the auditorium, I noticed the stage was very bare, very few things could actually be seen. All I remember seeing was a few guitars and the drum kit. To be honest, I was feeling pretty underwhelmed prior to the concert.

And then the lights went off.

Enters Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of the band, with streamers. Pink and white streamers. Everywhere. What a way to start a concert.

Unlike the Imagine Dragons Concert, I had gone to, it was so simple in its nature, there was no ridiculous visual effects or elaborate stage design. It was just the band and their passion on stage. I was actually genuinely impressed with Flowers’ ability to captivate an audience and is something I still think about to this day. They didn’t have the ‘fluff’ that many mainstream artists will have in their concerts - it wasn't needed.

Perhaps the most memorable thing about the concert was the fact that an audience member, who was actually standing next to me, went up on stage and drummed to one of the songs they played. To put it lightly, it was legendary.

This concert taught me that in order to call a concert great, only one thing is needed: soul. Soul is all you need.