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Go Behind the Scenes With Shawn Mendes Before Sold-Out Radio City Show

From surprising fans to signing guitars — how 17-year-old star spent day before big headlining gig

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Shawn Mendes taking a selfie with fans who got tickets outside at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY on March 5th, 2016

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Shawn Mendes played a sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night. Prior to that, he devoted his time to his fans, putting on an intimate performance for around 300 lucky attendees after a meet-and-greet, signing guitars for VIP ticket-holders and surprising a few lucky ones with front-row seats just a couple hours before doors opened. Take a look at an afternoon in the life of one of the world's biggest — and youngest — megastars.

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Marquee of Shawn Mendes' sold out show on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Bright Lights

Mendes' Radio City show was sold out, much like the rest of the dates on his headlining world tour, which will take him through Europe and back to North America from April through August.

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Shawn Mendes about to hand out tickets to fans outside on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Before the Storm

Mendes is pictured here just moments before stepping outside to surprise a few lucky fans with front-row tickets to his show.

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Fans running insdie the venue when doors open on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Kids in Love

Mendes' fanbase is primarily teenage and tweenage girls who came out in droves for his Radio City show. Many lingered after to get a glimpse of their celebrity crush and favorite musician.

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Fans inside the venue on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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“Mrs. Mendes”

Many fans wore matching tops and hats. One group of young girls sported caps that said "Mrs. Mendes" on them.

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Shawn Mendes' dressing room on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Dressing Room

Mendes spent his time in his dressing room drinking tea and preparing his voice for the show later that night.

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Shawn Mendes in his dressing room on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Adjust

Mendes fixed his microphone before appearing on camera prior to his show.

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Shawn Mendes using throat spray in his dressing room on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Aftertaste

Mendes sprayed his throat to protect it after spending a day talking with fans and rehearsing for his performance that night.

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Signs on each chair on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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“You Made It Shawn”

Fans created posters that said "You Made It Shawn," which they held up during his performance of debut single, "Life of the Party."

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Fans in the crowd watching Shawn Mendes on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Front Row

The screams were deafening throughout Mendes' packed Radio City debut.

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Shawn Mendes performing on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Capture

Fans kept their phones and iPads handy as they captured every moment of one of Mendes' first shows as a headliner following his gig opening for Taylor Swift on her 1989 world tour.

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Fans in the crowd watching Shawn Mendes on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Lights

Flashlights on fans' phones lit up the venue during several slower moments of the show.

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Shawn Mendes performing on March 5, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Something Big

Mendes performed a 90-minute set on Saturday night, playing many songs off his debut album, Handwritten, and debuting three new ones to the surprise of his fans. The 17-year-old sold out his headlining tour in just a few minutes last month.

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