Indie folk queen Phoebe Bridgers is in the final few shows of a month-long tour across North America in support of her 2020 release, Punisher. We caught up with the tour as it came to play a completely sold-out Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine, on June 9th with opener Claud.
Bridger’s devoted fans lined up as early as a full day before the show, eager for a spot on the barricade—I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a queue to get into the venue as long as on this night! The evening had been forecasted to be a rain-out, but luckily the day turned sunny by early afternoon to make for a gorgeous outdoor show by the ocean.
Acclaimed “bedroom pop” singer/songwriter Claud opened up the night with an amped-up set that got the already very full crowd jumping and singing along. Claud, who is only 23 years old, is already making waves in the music world with her debut album Super Monster, released on Bridgers’ label Saddest Factory in early 2021.
As dusk began to set in, Bridgers emerged in front of a projected screen with a gorgeous pop-up picture-book visual that would persist throughout much of the set, opening with a new scene on display to accompany her lyrics for nearly every song or changing to a giant moon or even a Peanuts-esque Halloween scene. Her performance started with hit tracks, “Motion Sickness” and “DVD Menu,” the former of which became one great big sing-along.
Sporting a gnarly black BC Rich Warlock guitar that one might typically see a cliché metal band use, Bridgers was completely in her element as she strummed and sang every note—she sounded flawless!
The banter in between songs was entertaining as well, with Bridgers and her drummer going back and forth in a long-running bit where he tried (and struggled) to introduce a song, or at one point when Bridgers—espousing her views on healthcare access in the US—joked that it was at this point that she often saw less-informed fans, who maybe hadn’t paid attention to her lyrics, walk out of her shows.
The night would go on to include even more fan-favorites, like “Kyoto,” “Halloween,” “Moon Song,” “Savior Complex,” and a thrilling performance of “I Know the End.” The crowd of Phoebe Bridgers devotees did not keep quiet for a single song, their facial expressions varying between smiling widely and sobbing with happiness and satisfaction until the end of the night.
Although this tour is nearly over, there is a whole slew of dates coming up for Bridgers and her cohort later this year in the US with Christian Lee Hutson, after a run in the UK and Europe! Check out the remaining dates below.
Upcoming Phoebe Bridgers 2022 Tour Dates:
06/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell !
06/16 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium !
06/20 – Dublin, IE @ Fairview Park
06/22 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
06/24-25 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
06/26 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
06/30 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/01 – Beuningen Gld, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole
07/02 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/03 – Ewijk, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole Festival
07/05 – Milan, IT @ Carroponte
07/07 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
07/08 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
07/09 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival
07/14 – Ostrava, CZ @ Colours of Ostrava
07/17 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris
07/22 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/23 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
07/24 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
07/26 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
07/27 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
07/28 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
07/29 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
08/05-06 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
08/07 – Saint Charles, IA @ Hinterland Festival
08/18 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Pavilion %
08/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre %
08/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre %
08/23 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park %
08/24 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park %
08/25 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield %
08/27 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre %
08/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ This Ain’t No Picnic
! = w/ MUNA
% = w/ Christian Lee Hutson