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Duvets, pillows and.. umbrellas: Soaked Halsey fans wait all day in rain for Camden Town gig

A-Level students do exam revision in queue ahead of intimate gig

10 June, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Halsey fans outside the Electric Ballroom: Niko Bolthausen, Tola Sokoya,  Victoria Goulbourne, Caitlin Pegutter, Phoebe Marr and Amy Lee

EAGER fans camped in Camden High Street in the rain overnight to be the first inside a Halsey gig.

The show is due to kick off at Electric Ballroom at 7pm tonight (Monday) but the most committed music-lovers joined the queue in Camden Town on Sunday.

They have stayed there all day today despite several deluges from the sky.

The indie pop singer has the pulling power for arena tours, so the 1,500 capacity of the Electric Ballroom is considered an intimate concert. Tickets sold out within minutes last week.

Front of the queue: Laura Poffenroth, Jo-Ann Gorman, Lucy Robinson, and Amy Smyth 

Laura Poffenroth, 19, from Hull, is waiting at the front of the queue.

She said: “We’re a really small network who wanted to get together to hang out and brave the pain of the rain. I’ve only had about ten minutes of sleep but it’ worth it. It’s all about being together – it’s a camping culture.”

The group of girls had met up “in real life” once before at a Yungblud gig at the same video in March, having met for the first time on Twitter.

They camped outside of the venues with duvets and pillows.

“We’ve all bonded over having the same taste in music,” said Laura.


Fans say that Halsey, 24, bought pizzas and doughnuts for the campers who have been waiting in the queue overnight. The singer is now promoting her new single, Nightmare.

Charlotte Odegarden is here from Norway and, below, Jake Hogan, Tasha Ellis and  Harley Hannon can’t wait for the show

Charlotte Odegarden, 21, arrived in London from Oslo yesterday. She said: “I am staying at a hotel down the road but I joined the queue at 5am and it has been raining since then. I just want a good spot when I get in the venue.”

She added: “I’m really looking forward to the vibe. It’s a community of people who only speak online. We’re all fans who have met on Twitter. I’ve been a fan since late 2014. It’s my fifth show and I have seen her twice in Oslo.”

Niko Bolthausen, 26,said: “We all took care of each other and took it in shifts – when someone was sleeping someone else stayed awake.

“It’s just her [Halsey]. We are committed to someone so caring like she is.”

Halsey’s new single, Nightmare

Tola Sokoya, 20, said: “There’s something special about being at the front of a very small show. It’s worth all of this in the end.”

Amy Lee, 18, said: “We’ve got our A Level exams next week. We’ve got our notes on us now to do last minute revision in the queue.”


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