Future lights up the stage at Thomas and Mack Center

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Atlanta rapper, Future, performs at Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas, Nev. on February 9, 2023. The rapper performed some of his most popular songs for approximately 15,000 audience members. Photo by Kalin Sipes.

Disgruntled fans let out sighs of frustration and angst. Sent from will-call to staged tables and back, picking up tickets for the event was an unpleasant process. However, confusion and long lines did not discourage fans from attending the highly anticipated Future concert. Once inside Thomas and Mack, energy was high. Hip Hop fans were excited; the lineup for this concert was loaded with southern-based rappers. K Camp, NoCap, Moneybagg Yo, and Future were set to perform.

A concert curated by a Las Vegas-based team, Ikon Presents, was held on the UNLV campus at Thomas and Mack on Feb. 9. Announced on Dec. 15, 2022, ticket prices ranged from $50 to $150 (without taxes and fees). Approximately 15,000 fans filled the venue.

Wrapping up his ‘One Big Party’ tour on Jan. 27, Future is no novice to performing for large crowds. However, this was the first time the rapper performed in Las Vegas since his 2017 ‘Nobody Safe’ tour held at T-Mobile Arena. 

The concert was set to begin at 8 p.m. K Camp took the stage and performed some of his most popular songs: “Ice Cold,” “What’s On Your Mind,” “Cut Her Off” and more. He ended his set with his song “Comfortable,” and teased a new song that was set to come out on YouTube just hours later. 

Shortly after, rapper NoCap took the stage with a 15-minute set and made his Las Vegas debut. Soon to follow was surprise artist Kalan FrFr. He only performed a few songs before ending his set.

Energy and anticipation began to grow. Space on the floor became limited and seats were filling rapidly. Moneybagg Yo was next up. The artist performed a 30-minute set playing hits including “Time Today,” “Said Sum,” and “Me vs Me.” The artist shared more intimate moments with the crowd by getting off stage and close to fans while performing songs, “Scorpio,” “Wockesha,” and “Hard for the Next.” 

After Moneybagg Yo performed, a curtain came up and crew members visibly worked to prepare the stage for the concert’s headliner. Thirty-five minutes later the stage lighting changed. Cell phone flashes lit up the venue as fans began to record the stage in anticipation of Future’s performance. Clapping, cheering, and screams of excitement greeted the rapper. He performed for an hour. Many members of the audience seemed to know every word of every song played, including songs that came out nearly ten years ago. 

The artist began with upbeat songs like “Stick Talk,” “Way 2 Sexy,” “Drankin N Smokin,” “Though it was a Drought,” and more. Future also played his slower songs like “Solo,” “Wait for U,” and “Love you Better.” Throughout the entirety of his performance energy was elevated, he picked the tempo back up and ended his set with the song “Mask Off.”

The concert was followed by a 21+ event with Kalan FrFr put on by Ikon Presents. Future fans can catch him next on March 5 at Rolling Loud California.

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