On Aug. 25 Seán McLoughlin, the loud and upbeat YouTuber known as Jacksepticeye, made his way to Albuquerque for his “How Did We Get Here” tour.
If you spent the near $120 to snag a VIP ticket like I did, you were given early entrance into the venue, seating in the first two rows, an hour long Q&A session and a signed tour poster. All of which I thought was worth the extra money.
For starters, general entry was at 7 p.m., and with the rain coming down it was nice to go in early with VIP instead of standing in line waiting for two hours. Upon entering, we received our signed posters, some of which he wrote encouraging messages or references to his channel with phrases such as, “You got this!” and “Ocean Man,” a song he plays often.
Shortly after everyone was seated, McLoughlin walked out on stage for the Q&A which was filled with smiles and tears. Many audience members shared their life struggles and thanked him personally for helping them through tough times with his videos. He reassured them all that it was their strength and courage that got them through it, not him alone.
After the Q&A came to a close, he went back stage and the rest of the audience was allowed into the venue. The space was pretty packed and it became very humid and hot for everyone in the place.Though once the show began, the heat was all but forgotten as the screen on stage began playing a video of McLoughlin comically attempting to entertain a live audience from behind a screen like he does on youtube. After the video, ended he came out on stage to greet the excited crowd.Once the applause died down the show began.
He did not want videos or photos to be taken during the show as it would ruin the experience and give spoilers to people online. So at the start he did some poses for people to take pictures or videos of and then said to put all devices away. Though I have doubts that it was a rule many people listened to, I personally believe that the experience was way better without the distraction of my phone.
This being the case, I do not want to ruin anything with major spoilers but I will say it was filled with lots of laughing, chances to join him on stage, stories about McLoughlin, and the answer to how he got here.
Overall I thought this was a great experience, completely worth the money. Even if you just get the general admission and see the show. Being able to share it alongside fans of different ages and backgrounds all together was amazing and something that I never thought I would be able to do. Seán has made a big difference in the lives of many, and him sharing this show with us is his thank you for supporting him on his YouTube journey.
Tiffani Watteyne is a freelance reporter for the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tiffanirosew.