On Wednesday I posted about the first half of the recent tour me and my friends went on. We went to see our favourite band on their UK tour so saw them at all of their UK tour dates. This included Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Wolverhampton and London (Warped Tour), including a brief stop in Newcastle. Here's the second half of what happened that week!
Next up, on Thursday, was Leeds, which again, if I remember rightly, there isn't much to write home about! It was awesome, the venue was directly beneath a train track which was pretty cool. It was a really nice night for my friend Harriet because she gave John a rare Tom Petty shirt as a gift and he loved it so much that he actually wore it for the rest of the tour! He really appreciated it and I have to admit it was lovely watching his face light up when she gave him it.
|At the very front for their set in Wolverhampton|
Wolverhampton was definitely one of the best nights of the tour, even if we did end up staying in a hotel that looked like it was made for old people. To start with, as if by perfect timing, we ended up bumping into John again on our way back to the car. By now it was the point where he actually recognized us, so he stopped and talked to us for a good ten minutes. It was lovely to talk to him properly without being rushed along or being in a group of fans. Then we met up with Emily who didn't know anyone else going to the gig and she's gone on to become a really good friend. I mean, after the gig, we stayed up talking for a good 2/3 hours about how awesome the band are, ha. The gig was full on awesome too, we were right at the very front this time and yet again met the band afterwards even though we were a little tipsy ha. The venue was tiny, so it was a really great intimate performance which I loved. I think I appreciated it more too because although I knew I'd still be seeing them at Warped, this was the last night I was seeing them on their own actual tour if that makes sense.
If Friday was the best day for timing, then Saturday was the worst. We ended up super late for Warped Tour, which I'm still gutted about really because one of the main reason we bought tickets was to see The Maine's acoustic set, which we missed in the end. It was on from 2:30 until 3.15 and we arrived at the venue at 3. We raced through, finally reaching their set...only to trip over and fall flat on our arses! It was actually the most embarrassing thing ever because the guys were in the middle of one of their slower songs and everyone turned around and laughed at us. I even ripped a hole in my favourite pair of jeans and have two huge bruises on my knees. However, John seemed pretty concerned but insisted the jeans looked badass, whereas Pat, the drummer, just laughed his head off when we told him.
|Bad times. I took this on the bus yesterday, back to real life again *sob*|
The Saturday day of Warped was fun but I wasn't really completely into it, I was still really tired and a little sad that I'd missed their acoustic set. Once I saw their live set in the afternoon, I was ready to go home. We lost our ride home but bar another quick meeting with the boys, we gave up and headed off early.
The next day we returned all energised but so sad that it was the last day of tour! We kept saying we'd have to find the guys and give them a big hug goodbye. We actually had free guest entry this day so we had to go and sign in. Imagine our surprise when we're given wristbands that gave us access to not only the VIP bar but the VIP after party! By then we were pretty much freaking out and spend the rest of the day on a high. I enjoyed Warped a lot more on Sunday because I was more awake and got to appreciate the different bands more. We got chatting to some other fans and just sat by the merch table for an hour or so making friends, before watching other bands. Enter Shikari were pretty great, there was just this amazing atmosphere being stuck in the dark crowd with everyone jumping around and going wild. Then, I headed off to see Flogging Molly who were different in so many different ways but also had a great atmosphere! Everyone was dancing along, it was great!
Can you believe these are the only group pictures we got the entire week?!
Above - Tom, Harriet and myself on our way to Scotland!
Below - Me, Harriet and Emily looking so, so drunk. Well, we HAD just found out we'd be spending the evening drinking with The Maine (and maybe we were a tad tipsy too) so can you blame us?
Then it was time for the doors to close and for myself and Harriet to go to the after party. Earlier, John had promised us shots, but if I'm honest I thought the chances of The Maine coming to the party or even spending any time with us were slim to none. So it was pretty surreal to be with John at the bar half an hour later, watching him attempt to rap along and dance to teach me how to dougie! I figured after a bit he'd make his excuses and leave...but nope. We pretty much spent the whole night with him, drinking and talking about all sorts from accents and romance to weather and Paris. Very, very cool. He kept topping up my beer and if I'm honest I'm still in awe about the whole thing. I spent the whole night drinking with my idol! It's so weird to think that just over a year ago I'd first gotten into this band and I was writing on this blog about seeing them live in London and wishing I'd had the chance to ask them to come out for a drink with us.
Turns out I just had to be patient :)
|Selfies with my main man John Ohh|
I find myself constantly humbled by this band which is why I love them so much and spending so much time with them one-on-one last week has only added to that feeling. They are the kindest people you'll ever meet and I love the fact that John was willing to spend the whole night chatting with us on Sunday. We didn't feel like fans. He didn't just come and say hello then spend time with other people instead. He talked to us like we were friends, asking us questions and genuinely wanting to hang out with us which I love.
It was the perfect end to an amazing week and I'm ever so grateful for the opportunity. It's something I'll always remember. So many people I've spoken to, old and young, have said 'wow I wish I could do that' or 'I wish I'd done that at your age' and that's exactly why we did it! So some people may think it's a bit much that we spent that much money to see our favourite band live, but we went on a freakin' awesome week long road trip and made all these amazing memories that I'll never forget. It was more than worth it and I know that when I'm old I'll always remember it.
It was a trip filled with making new friends, creating memories and just appreciating one of my biggest passions in life - music. If you're ever going to do anything crazy and completely random in your life, then it HAS to be this. Trust me, you won't regret it.
So that's my little account of the week. I could go into more detail about how it felt to see my favourite band perform in such close proximity every night or all the conversations I shared with my idol but some things are just better kept personal where they can't be tainted or judged online for everyone to see. Instead, keep an eye out for a variety different of posts related to my trip. I'll be reviewing two of our favourite hotels that we stayed in, posting about what I wore each night and I'll also be doing a little feature about some of the playlists I created.
I hope you enjoyed reading what we got up to so let me know what you thought with a comment below!
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