In less than a year, Toronto-based indie-pop singer MICO has gone from performing his first show as an artist to going on his first North American headline tour, “The Fantasy Tour.” The 20-date run comes on the heels of the release of his latest EP, the tears we fight, and will see him and special guests perform in cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping Dec. 7 in Toronto with, in MICO’s words, a “special birthday hometown closing tour show” that will mark his biggest headline show to date.
Before the tour started, MICO promised in an Instagram post that his shows will be “some of the best you’ve ever been to.” After joining him during his show at Harlow’s in Sacramento, we can say that MICO definitely kept his promise.
Special guest Zac Greer took the stage first and opened the show with a set of genre-bending tracks that highlighted his diverse, yet focused sound. His newer track “dontletmego” energized the crowd with groovy basslines and heavenly synths, and other songs, like “crazy” and “i wish i never met you,” highlighted his strong vocals and personal, emotive lyrics.
“We’re going to have a good f*cking time tonight, everybody make some noise,” he said to hype up the crowd between songs.
Soon after Zac wrapped his set, MICO burst onto the stage and was met with the cheers and screams of a packed house of his “amicos” (his fanbase name).
“Sacramento, we feeling good tonight?” he asked as the band fired up the crowd with some opening instrumentals before segueing into the first song.
Backed by Matt Olliver on drums, Raffaele on bass, Jason Khater on guitar and Nic Muia on keys, MICO’s set was nothing short of pop rock perfection. Tracks from the tears we fight made up the core of his setlist and explored a depth not found in previous releases. He also performed other well-loved songs, including “cut my hair” and “who do you love,” and even treated everyone to a cover of Olivia Rodrigo’s “good 4 u.”
Throughout his show, MICO created a fun, lively atmosphere that showcased both his musical talent and his personal character. When he wasn’t rocking out on guitar or showing off his impressive vocal range, he was cracking jokes and throwing water on amicos. He kept things real and unfiltered, which served as a testament to his authenticity as an artist.
Whether it was because of his catchy songs or relatable personality, MICO clearly connected with the crowd in a way most artists can’t. As amicos screamed his lyrics at him, you could see and feel just how much it meant to him to be performing for them.
“Sacramento, thank you so much for having us! I will see you again very, very, very soon,” he said as the night came to an end.
Get tickets to the remaining dates of MICO’s “The Fantasy Tour” here and listen to his latest EP, the tears we fight, below.