On the Friday the 13th of October, 2023, The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA, was buzzing with anticipation as fans gathered to witness the Grammy® award-winning international pop sensation, Kim Petras, perform as part of her Feed The Beast World Tour. This tour is her most daring endeavor yet and acts as her personal declaration as a performer. It highlights her growth as an artist and her unwavering dedication to providing a performance of global standards.
The evening began with an electrifying 50 minute set by DJ Alex Chapman, setting the tone for the night with his dynamic beats. As the lights dimmed, the crowd erupted into cheers, signaling the arrival of Kim Petras on stage.
Emerging from an iron maiden, Petras made a grand entrance and immediately kicked off her performance with the title track “Feed The Beast”. She then delighted the audience with “King of Hearts” from her debut album and the hit single “Unholy”. The show was divided into five distinct segments, each inspired by Dante’s Inferno. The entire production was under the direction of Will Baker and choreographed by Brian and Scott Nicholson.
The performance was not just about the music, but also about the theatrics. Each of the five acts came with a costume change, each designed by Seth Pratt. They were not just outfits though, but visual representations of the narrative unfolding on stage, adding depth to her performance. This attention to detail in the visual presentation of the concert demonstrated Kim’s commitment to providing an immersive and unforgettable experience for her audience.
Kim’s setlist was a well-curated blend of her more recent pop hits intermixed with some throwbacks and fan favorites from her previously released mixtapes and EPs. One of the highlights of the night was her performance of “Claws,” a song that has been given a symphonic treatment in her Feed The Beast Symphonic Sessions video series. The crowd sang along to every lyric, creating a collective energy that reverberated throughout the Mann Center.
The crowd was particularly responsive, embracing every moment of the performance. The energy was infectious, with fans singing along, dancing, and cheering throughout the night. It was clear that Petras’ music had touched many in the audience, creating a sense of unity and shared experience.
As the night came to a close, Kim closed out the night with fan-favorites “Alone,” (which features diamond-selling hip-hop icon Nicki Minaj), “Heart To Break,” and the live debut of the title track from her recent, surprise album Problematique. The performance was a testament to Kim’s talent and her ability to captivate an audience, leaving them eagerly anticipating her next performance.