January 23, 2023
Rina Sawayama Concert Recap
Angelina Dyrnaes

Photos by Angelina Dyrnaes

Rina Sawayama’s Hold the Girl tour stopped in San Diego at the SOMA Main Stage. It was evident that Rina was prepared to put on a show from the moment she entered the stage, thanks to her electric energy, thematic outfit changes, and spectacular lighting effects.

Hits and rarities from Rina’s album Hold the Girl—such as “This Hell,” “Catch Me in the Air,” and the title track—were included in the setlist. Every song was different and kept the audience on their feet with a mix of pop, dance-pop, and alternative music influences. Every song felt like an anthem thanks to Rina’s strong voice and captivating stage presence, and the audience joined in on every word.

One of the notable aspects of the night was when Rina played “Hold the Girl,” a “thrilling empowerment anthem” that resonated with the crowd. Rina’s message of love and acceptance was particularly timely, and it was clear that this was a song that was going to be a fan favorite for a long time to come.

Overall, Rina Sawayama’s Hold the Girl tour in San Diego was a thrilling and unforgettable experience. With a diverse set list and captivating stage presence, Rina proved that she is a rising star in the pop music world. If you have a chance to see her live, don’t miss it!

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