Let the screaming begin. Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes is returning to the area to perform a show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Erie County Fair.
It is the first concert announced for the 177th fair, which will be held Aug. 10-21 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Tickets are $45 reserved seats on the track and $35 for general admission grandstand seats and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 through Tickets.com and by calling (888) 223-6000. Tickets will also be available during the Fairgrounds box office hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Grandstand tickets purchased in advance include admission to the Fair on the day of the show.
Mendes, now 17, became the youngest person to have a debut single hit the Billboard Top 25 list with his 2015 song "Life of the Party" off the album "Handwritten."
In November, Mendes re-released the album as "Handwritten: Revisited," with new songs including “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” a duet with Fifth Harmony vocalist Camilla Cabello.
Mendes catapulted to internet fame with six-second covers of popular songs on the video sharing app Vine and was quickly signed to Island Records. In an interview with Buffalo News reporter Tim O'Shei, the teen talked of his fast rise to fame.
"I don’t know if this is surprising or astonishing, but the other day I did an area show at Mohegan Sun and there were 8,000 people there. It was absolutely surreal to be able to walk out on stage to a sold-out headline show with that many people. I’ve never heard a scream so loud. It took me aback and my heart started beating so fast. I stood there for at least 30 seconds and just looked. I couldn’t speak for a second. It was the most surreal thing ever," Mendez said..
In 2015, he performed twice locally: at Darien Lake and as part of Kissmas Bash in the First Niagara Center. At the Darien Lake show, O'Shei wrote that Mendes took the stage with a simple “ 'My name is Shawn Mendes.' Whatever came next was drowned by ear-piercing screams."