Jason Derulo brings together buzzing crowd in Amman

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(Photos: Haya Kharouba/Jordan News)
AMMAN — From an hours-long wait in Amman’s scorching heat to excitement radiating from speakers and fans alike, the long-awaited Jason Derulo concert at Abdali on Thursday provided an experience where strangers became friends through activities and music alike.اضافة اعلان

Food stations, a 360° photo booth, and various raffle games awaited guests as they rushed through the exceptionally long line, generating adrenaline in the already eager crowd. Despite the push to get to the front, camera snaps and small chatter filled the crowds as strangers craving new memories created bonds with those waiting near them.

For youth, a familiar face could almost certainly be spotted anywhere you look, and COVID-19-influenced distance quickly became reunions buzzing with positive energy.

DJ Willy Williams kick-started the show with crowd-winning hits, including the Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights”, the TikTok acclaimed “Basbousa”, and Harry Styles’ “As It Was”. The setting sun and flashing lights complemented the lively environment.

Shortly after, screaming fans chanted Derulo’s name as he came onto the stage. Nostalgia was quick to surface as he performed throwback songs embedded in the brains of many, including “Talk Dirty”, “Marry Me”, and “Trumpets”.

More recent songs, including “Jalebi Baby”, “Take You Dancing”, and “Savage Love”, could be heard from Derulo and the crowd alike, with the anticipation building between each song and the next.

Between loud music, all-consuming dancing, bursts of fire and smoke, and colored flashing lights, families, strangers, and friends meshed into one, and heartbeats were definitely beating in our ears, yet the rush never ceased.

The show was not without its mishaps. At some point in the performance, organizers had to halt the show and ask excited fans to stop throwing things at Derulo and his team in order to ensure the show went on safely.

Nevertheless, Derulo was able to rouse the audience once again with an amazing performance demonstrated through a team of talented dancers and musicians, but also through an individualized personal approach. A heart-to-heart moment was shared with the crowd as he stressed how grateful he was to perform in Amman, especially after a time of forced separation due to COVID-19. 

The concert ended with the same buzz it began with — the only difference being the inability of anyone to stand or hear themselves talk. Bittersweet chatter filled the groups as they bid farewell to the night alongside disbelief in terms of how time flew by so quickly.

As a bystander, I can easily say that the concert formed a core memory for me and many in the crowd, and August 11 will remain a memorable night for years to come.

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