Toronto native and rising star renforshort brought her first North American headline tour to Brooklyn on Wednesday, September 28. Performing at Baby’s All Right, she was supported by Justus Bennetts, who has quite quickly made a name for himself in the industry.
With over 200 million streams generated in less than a year and 600k followers on Tiktok, it’s safe to say that Bennetts has made his mark on the pop scene. His music is perfect for anyone who has ever felt out of place or isolated, mixing hip-hop, rock, and R&B to document his experiences with the insecurity of adolescence.
His quick success hasn’t gotten to his head though. Bennetts performed an energetic and entertaining set, including his viral hits “Cool Kids”, “Bad Day”, and a cover of The Killers “Mr. Brightside”. Even when faced with technical difficulties, the artist remained positive and showcased his goofy side, constantly making the crowd laugh.
Once Bennetts wrapped up his set, the sold out crowd loudly began chattering. Numerous concert goers were overheard discussing how they came out to see renforshort before she hit the mainstream and “made it big”.
As her intro music came on, the crowd whipped out their phones to document her grand entrance. Confidently walking onto the stage, the artist began her set with the lights off, slowly building them up to full brightness. As the night progressed, it became evident that the 20-year-old felt at home on stage.
The young artists set list was full of emotionally charged anthems such as “afterthoughts”, “hate the way you love me”, and a lovely cover of the Pixies “Where Is My Mind?”, all punctuated by her voice, which is reminiscent of Billie Eilish.
In a true testament to her skills, she was unphased during several technical issues. Towards the beginning of her set, the artist’s guitar wasn’t turned on, yet she continued to “play” and nonchalantly made a joke out of the situation right after. Towards the middle of the performance, her microphone randomly turned off, which made her giggle.
“This room is so small, I bet you can hear me even without the mic in between songs huh?” the artist laughed.
Though it was her first North American headline tour, renforshort showcased a level of professionalism that typically takes years to finesse. It’s clear why so many attendees predict that she will blow up in no time, though you could argue that with over 11 million streams on her single “fuck, i luv my friends”, renforshort has already made quite the name for herself.
Listen to her latest single “moshpit”, which has already garnered widespread acclaim from major outlets such as Billboard, OnesToWatch, and NME.