The popular duo Twenty One Pilots is back in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio to perform in the venues where they first began. The mini-tour started June 20th and will end June 25th, each day the venue getting bigger and bigger. The duo, instead of putting tickets available for purchase on their main website, set up a unique way of distributing them. Fans would sign up on their site and a few days later, if luck permitted, they would receive a code to purchase tickets for the shows. However, they sold around only 10 tickets at the door to the Basement show! After the first concert, the setlist appears to feature Fake You Out along with the Emotional Road Tour leg one setlist. The mini-tour will mark the ending of the touring cycle for Blurryface.
The tour began in the Basement, a very small and intimate venue in downtown Columbus with a maximum capacity of 300. According to the Basement’s website, “The Basement offers the next big band a chance to create an underground buzz and give their musical careers a jump start.” Twenty One Pilots did exactly that, playing their first show at The Basement December 29th, 2009 and another on September 4th, 2010. Since then, they have gathered an incredible international fanbase, with just under 13 million monthly Spotify listeners.
Following the Basement, the mini-tour heads to the Newport Music Hall (less than a 20-minute drive away). Newport is also a small, standing room only venue, with a capacity of about 1,700. The duo took the stage there back in 2011 and performed in front of a sold-out audience.
On the 22nd, Twenty One Pilots will perform at Express Live, a venue that is right next to the Basement. The capacity is 2,200 indoor and 5,200 outdoor, and the duo played there once in 2013 and twice in 2014.
They will play at the Nationwide Arena on the 23rd, which is also right across the street from the Basement (it’s quite the pattern). The capacity jumps to about 18,500. However, the duo hasn’t played this venue before. A huge part of this tour is to give back to the fans that made the duo so succesful. Before this concert, the duo will host an art show they are calling ARTØPIA which will include “fan artists from around the world [displaying] their TØP-inspired art.” The event is completely free to RSVP to, which you can do here.
And finally, TØP will be performing at the Schottenstein Center (the biggest venue on the list). The capacity sits at 18,809 people. They played this arena back in September of 2015.
This tour serves as a strong reminder of how far any artist can come throughout the years, starting very small and gradually growing larger and larger. This tour is sure to be an unforgettable one.