Bea-ba-doo-bee-do, bea-badoo-bee, Beatrice and even Bea. While beabadoobee may go by many names, some mispronounced more than others, she rose to a new title at the Regency Ballroom on Tuesday evening: queen of bedroom pop punk.
Kicking off with “10:36,” the British artist bounced onstage and strummed her electric blue guitar as rolling grit sound and soft vocals collided with her Gen Z audience to jumpstart the charged night.
Known for saccharine, mellow hits which often go viral on Tiktok, Beatrice Laus, more commonly known as beabadoobee, has rapidly grown in popularity in the past couple of years and built a dedicated, Gen Z fanbase. With the release of her album Beatopia, beabadoobee expanded her signature bedroom pop sound into an intoxicating blend of pop-punk and warm weightlessness. While many TikTok viral artists fall prey to an audience that only knows one or two viral moments by heart, beabadoobee has carved out a niche for herself with a versatile discography of hopeful hits.
During “Sunny Day,” Laus sang with soft regret and love-ridden confusion, crooning, “Maybe tomorrow, we’re okay, when it’s a sunny day.” Throughout the glowing tune, fans held up plastic baby dolls called “Sunny Angels” as offerings to Bea, in addition to several fox stuffed animals and other plush items that were gleefully tossed onstage.
Laus always prioritized the well-being of her audience, stopping the show on multiple occasions to ensure that no one was crushed by or uncomfortable in the large crowd. In the middle of her set, Laus had concert staff pass out water bottles, encouraging everyone to “stay hydrated and take care of each other.”
Pumped with nostalgic pining and an intimate electricity, Laus charged her classic bedroom pop roots with an almost lullaby form of rock. Her versatile voice especially shined in “She Plays Bass,” evoking palpable, darling angst during the ode to unattainable bass-playing lovers. Bea’s voice necessitates a live performance, heartstrings only fully pulled when her signature playful sound can fully entwine and echo around textured, booming electric guitar.
At one point, Laus disclaimed that she had a cold at the time, pausing to say, “It makes me real happy hearing you sing the words of my songs to me — even though I’m ill as f—.” Sickness aside, beabadoobee continually ramped up the energy in the ballroom with 2010s reminiscent grit hits “Care” and “Worth it.”
beabadoobee sparkles onstage, her contagious joy only ever-growing with each song she sings. Behind her hung a towering image of Beatopia’s album cover, a colorful distillation of scrawled children’s dreams and wonder, constructed as a product of an imaginary world from her childhood. Gesturing to the mural, Laus lovingly referred to the album as “our little platonic child baby thing” before hopping into “Ripples.” As raucous energy continued to rise, Laus laughingly sang “Shut the f— up” before sinking the ballroom into the slow, sweet folk-inspired lyrics of the dreamy song.
For the encore, Laus took the stage alone, bringing the crowd in for a quieter moment. With just a guitar and a stool, Laus sang fan favorite “Coffee,” complete with decadent, plush vocals as an intimate acoustic cover of the TikTok viral hit.
beabadoobee’s songs promise that juvenile joy and melancholy come hand in hand, producing a childlike wisdom that encourages everyone to build their very own “Beatopia.” In a standout performance, Laus swept into her single “Last Day on Earth” belting, “Well, and if it all goes wrong/ And it looks like we’ll soon be gone/ Then we should all just get along.”
At the Regency Ballroom, beabadoobee enchanted her audience with blossoming bedroom pop punk that sparked childlike curiosity and glee across the venue. If there’s a perfect way to spend an evening, dancing to nostalgia-pumped tunes as a resident of Beatopia may just be the perfect way to spend a “Last Day on Earth.”