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bastille my heaaaart (see what i did there)

One of my favorite stories/memories about Australia is going to see Bastille in Melbourne. It was one giant coincidence — I wasn’t even supposed to be in Melbourne that weekend, because if my bosses had their way I’d have flown to Sydney two weeks before and I’d have been in Melbourne the previous weekend, which was a long weekend. But visas take time and I only got it before the previous weekend, so my friend D and I decided to go to Melbourne on June 13th, Friday night, and fly back to Sydney on the 15th. Also, even if I’d been there a week early, flights on the long weekend were understandably very expensive by then.

We’d been looking at concerts and shows going on in Australia while we were there and knew Bastille had shows in Sydney and Melbourne that weekend, but they were already sold out when we first checked, right after I got the news that I was going to be sent to Sydney. But when we were booking flights to Melbourne (a couple of days before my flight to Sydney), we thought of checking concert tickets again on a whim. Surprise, new Bastille tickets were available! Suddenly the decision process got a little more complicated. We had two choices:

a) Stick with the original plan to fly back on the 15th, or
b) go to the concert and get the earliest flight back the next morning (there were no late flights we could take that night after the concert).

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January 26, 2015 at 11:02 pm

you know that you’ve been waiting for this~

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…tbh i didn’t, but apparently i was and i just didn’t know until they were here.

here, have a haiku because concerts make me wax poetic, but only long enough to write 17 syllables.


(did i mention concerts also make me incoherent)

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March 31, 2012 at 1:33 am

put your hands all over me (adam levine) (i mean what who said that)

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So last night Maroon 5 played a show in Manila and — suprise, surprise — I was there.

I know, another one?

Yes, another one.

I just really like music, okay.

Let’s talk about about how amazing they are live, which, I know I always say that, but what can I say, I have good taste. XD No but really. Fantastic arrangements, fantastic energy (I mean GOD, Adam Levine, the things you do onstage, unf), and wow, I just remembered that once upon a time I was so batshit about them. Nothing like the Davids or The Script, but Songs About Jane was one of the first legit albums I bought with my own savings and I knew all the words to She Will Be Loved and stuff. Over the years I’ve become more of a casual fan but I jumped at the chance to see them live anyway, and good thing I did. That was a good show. It was a good show. Good crowd too. Was pretty full from where I was standing, and they sang, and Adam even got us to do this harmony round-robin thing where one side would sing i don’t mind spending everyday out on your corner in the pouring rain while the other (our side) would sing and she will be loved, she will be loved and I love when there’s singing along. God that was a good concert.

It was a little different, in that it wasn’t planned (in fact Kim and I didn’t buy tickets when there was a 50% discount. and then immediately regretted it the moment we went home), we had cheap tickets, and cheap transportation home. Kim and I usually only go to see artists we really really like (of which there are many, I know)  or only if they’re free if we’re not huge fans. This is the first time that we got cheap ones, on a whim, even. I didn’t even bring my camera because I knew we weren’t going to see much (although we were closer than I’d expected). It’s not something I’d repeat, because damn, my neck hurt from straining just to get a glimpse of them, and I’ll soon have the funds to not repeat that ever again lol. And then we were supposed to go home with a friend who had a car but said friend’s phone battery died and we didn’t talk about meeting up, Kim and I just assumed we could go home with her because that’s usually what happens on these things because said friend is also one of those people who go to a lot of concerts, and a lot of them happen to be something we went to, haha. So we took a bus because cabs are expensive now. And we just sat there in the bus at 11pm and laughed at how cheap that night was. But I liked it. It was nice. Kim is my favorite concert buddy. I have gone to more shows with her that I have with my sister. I don’t know, we just like all the same things and I’ve known her for almost three years now and we’ve had ridiculous fun times together and we just get each other and yeah. It’s awesome. And I forgot what my point was. Possibly that good friends + good music = good times. :)

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May 25, 2011 at 1:00 am

what am i gonna do… when your concert is over and i have the worst post-concert depression ever? D:

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(I might as well do this now, before I leave for three days and while the concert hangover is still fresh (oh wait, who am I kidding, I will forever have a hangover from this concert and I don’t mind).)

So. Let’s start from the beginning. A little more than two years ago, Anna and Jobelle and I were slaving away on many a night for CS32, and I stumbled upon this amazing band who makes amazing music. And I got into the habit of listening to them as I worked into the wee hours in the morning. And I fell in love. And then I learned the joy of going to concerts, and since then they’ve been on my concert wishlist.

Two years later, I was holding tickets to my dream:

Coincidentally, it was St. Patrick’s Day when I got those. I’m not Irish but it was a lucky day for me, nonetheless. I did not spare any expense, not for a band I have loved for years. Well okay, I didn’t get VIP but I thought that was pushing it and my sister would never go with me if I said we’d get VIP. So I settled for the second best seats. I considered it as my graduation gift for myself, even though I had no idea at the time if I was really going to graduate (it was… complicated). I figured, if I was, then it would be the perfect night right after my college recognition rites, and if I wasn’t, well then. The concert would be a pick-me-up, haha.

A month later, I actually graduated. Which was well and good but tbh I was mostly thinking OH YAY THE SCRIPT LATER!!! Ahahaha. Priorities, I has them. And I’m sorry to everyone who has given me a graduation present, because clearly I gave myself the best one. Haha.

Anyway. So! My sister and I got to Araneta at around 10 minutes before 8, took our seats about 20 rows from the stage (which, after standing at the barricades right in front of the stage during the Davids’ concert, would never be as good as what I wanted). Waited for about half an hour, and then. The lights went out and everyone was screaming and there was this ominous pulsing sound before the stage exploded in a flurry of lights and music and aksdkkask WE WERE OFF.

We were standing on our seats (when the bouncers weren’t there to tell us off) and screaming and clapping and singing and so was everyone else and UGH IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING CONCERT AUDIENCE I HAVE BEEN PART OF SO FAR. Danny kept making us sing along and we did, oh we did, I loved that they all knew the words! The energy never let up the entire time, it was amazing.

And the band, bless them, especially Danny, they returned the same energy tenfold. They’re fantastic performers, Danny looked like the music was practically bursting out of him that he had to keep moving and jumping and dancing around. It was the epitome of what artists keep saying, how the audience and the artist feed off each other’s energy during a show. THERE WAS JUST SO MUCH ENERGY GOING AROUND OKAY IT WAS AMAZING.

And the stage effects, OH GOODNESS. Normally in shows I’ve watched (not that I’ve seen many, but just for comparison), they’d probably have different-colored lights directed towards the stage, maybe even moving, but not the kind of lighting they did for this show. There were several columns of bright yellow lights on the stage and sometimes they’d light up in a blinding explosion and it would accentuate a part of a song and I didn’t know lights could be such a big part of a song until this. And the background was clearly well thought-of too, it wasn’t just random effects, it was usually something to complement the concept of the song as well.

I think it goes without saying that the music itself was amazing. They caught my attention from the get-go because they had a way with words, and I have a thing for people who know their way around words. Their songs were of the same themes that everyone else right now is singing about, but spoken in a clever, fresher, more heartfelt way. And their sound is like not like anything else out right now. And… I just really love them, okay. XD And I thought their songs were already perfect, but the live versions were even better! The arrangements were fantastic; there is amazing buildup and you can feel the emotion even more, and just– the entire thing was a real production, and I loved it. That is how you do a concert, kids. While your audience will love you even if you just sit there and whistle your songs, it would make the concert experiene a thousand times even more amazing if it was a complete package. It’s something that live music offers that recorded music can’t — the amplification of feeling. I don’t know if I explained it well enough, but think of it this way: after all that I was just so overwhelmed at what an amazing musical experience it was, I wanted to cry. *_____* My favorites were Science & Faith, Nothing, Dead Man Walking, For the First Time and Breakeven. Most of which are coincidentally my favorite The Script songs to begin with, so I might be a little biased, ha. Also my favorites are obviously mostly from the second album, because while their first album was so, so good, I wasn’t prepared for the awesome that was their second album. I never ceased to be amazed at the quality of this album, sometimes I need to take a moment to take it in. Haha I’m a dork, I know, but I also know for a fact that it reduces even 20-something guys to near-tears, ahahaha *cough*.

Science & Faith



But I think my favorite part of the whole thing was how they seemed to genuinely appreciate the love and support from the audience. They’ve played dozens of shows all around the world but you get the feeling that each time is still like the first time. That every show they play is one they are still thankful for, to be able to play. And Danny kept making the audience sing (and actually even during the parts when he wasn’t telling us to, he didn’t need to. The audience sang along practically the entire time), and his face during it was just… He was so happy, my heart swelled to know that I was part of the audience that did that. During We Cry Danny said “You’re so beautiful, I wish you could see what I’m seeing right now.” Oh, Danny. I wish you could see what I was seeing, it was a gorgeous thing to behold. They just really really love what they’re doing, I can tell. And to see that love returned to them by such a warm audience was just really really amazing. And right there and then, I fell in love again and I knew without a doubt that they’re my favorite band and will be for a long time, possibly for the rest of my life.

And now five days later, I still have the most ridiculous post-concert depression. I want them to come back already. I haven’t listened to anything but my the mp3s I made from the concert videos I took. My sister and I keep singing their songs all day. We’re probably annoying everyone else at home, but I don’t care ILTHEM ILTHEM ILTHEM. ♥ ♥ ♥

(PS. My concert video playlist is here. I don’t have I’m Yours and Rusty Halo because my camera told me it was running out of battery so I decided to save it for when they inevitably sing Breakeven, lol, and I was busy partying it up during Rusty Halo. XD I’ll maybe upload mp3s from the videos later.)


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(full concert review once i’ve uploaded all my videos. and when i’m done graduating)

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