so its about ten and a half months late; but i thought i'd write about my experience at the big day out this year
it was about 37c and myself along with cc friends sam reannen el and em walked about 5 minutes to the train station(late already), when el suddenly realised she had left her I.D at home. It took us about three minutes to decide whether or not to go back, the result if we didn't being refused entry to BDO or if we did, missing the train and waiting another hour. *sigh* so we ran all the back in the scorching heat to her house, and somehow amzingly made it to the train station just as it pulled in! I ofcourse, was carrying the bag with everyones crap in it, so i was even more agitated we had to go back!
The train was packed with obvious BDO attendees and the place was absolutely buzzing. After getting off, we merged with hundreds of bodies and strolled over to the adelaide showground.
After a long line up to get in, we headed to the main arena, to the orange stage where the butterfly effect were performing their hit 'a slow decent'. I myself aren't that bigger fan, but i enjoyed watching them, a) because reannen was bopping up and down to them big time and b) the lead was topless and his pecs were glistening in the sunlight (tragic i know, but oh so ATTRACTIVE!)
after watching a bit of butterfly effect, we headed over and sat in front of the blue stage, awaiting NZ act evermore. I sat there with the guys for at least 30 mins, cross legged, sweating from the harsh rays of the sun, but in the end it was all worth it! The boys came on and everyone had the time of their lifes singing along to 'running' , 'light surrounding you' , 'come to nothing' and 'unbreakable'. The three brothers are great entertainers and got the crowd involved by askign for requests. They ended up playing stand by me, which i absolutely adored. I recorded it on my phone; & to this day, i don't think ive seen such a good acoustic song live.
JUST as evermore finished on stage, came scribe. Running madly over to the orange stage me and reannen caught the whole song 'if any'. we danced and sung, a long with thousands of other fans, and some random in a dog suit?
Feeling a bit peckish, we left the stages and went to go eat some tucker. pretty cheap- yiro's starting from 9.00 !!! ??? ofcourse only el could afford it, so she got into that whilst me n sam, em & reannen tucked into hot chips. A few minutes before my chemical romance was due to perform, el and em complained of sick stomachs. we pretended to feel remorseful and stuck with them for a few minutes, until our urges became unbearable, and we ran over to the blue stage for MCR.
what a show. Gerard Way was a brilliant performer. Everyone including the trillions of emos that were there enjoyed it thoroughly, although im sure they missed it when he yelled (with his finger up) "YOUR ALL A BUNCH OF FUCKED UP EMOS!!" ha ha. i lolled =] Welcome to the black parade was awesome, it got everyone jumping - except my friend sam. It took reannen and I around 15 minutes until he complied and started moshing with us :) but he soon got into it and thrashed his head along with everyone else to the oldies 'thanks for the venom' and 'to the end'[ which are my faves ]
By far ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ was a crowd favourite and the volume of the crowd singing along signaled the big bands had started.
After dragging ourselves out of the heatstricken sweat pit, reannen sam and i managed to catch a glimpse of eskimo joe. None of us huge fans, but all enjoyed 'black fingernails, red wine' which undoubtenly made them famous. Didnt stay for long, 5 minutes max... the reason being we felt bad for our sick ridden pals so we went over to check on them.
We were greeted with evil laughter, as reannen and my makeup had smudged and our once straightened hair had become a mass ball of curls. The girls looking not sick at all funnily enough thought it was hilarious, so me and reannen ran to the toilets. We applied foundation once, but as the day increased, we realised EVERYONE looked like that, and no-one really gave a fuck.
we strolled around as no BIG acts were playing at the time. I dragged my friends over to the green stage to see my beloved kasabian <3 'clubfoot' and 'shoot the runner' were real crowd pleasers, although i myself enjoyed 'empire'. I absolutely loved their accents !!
we then went to the converse stage just as trivium were finishing up. Filled with metalheads with black t-shirts and long wavy hair, the girls and I felt quite out of place, whilst sam chatted to some chill randoms.
As soon as trivium finished. Reannen Emily and I RACED over to the stage awaiting the arival of the vines!!! ♥ We stood there for around 45 minutes until they came out. As soon as Nicholls picked up his guitar and played the first note..... it went MENTAL! 'ride' was the first song, and the crowd went crazy. For the whole performance I could barely move my arms, they were pinned on my sides, whilst my entire body was being thrashed against sweaty topless guys. ha ha as gross as it sounds, you don't even notice. Everyone is in the same position as you, so no-one cares. The Security continued to spray water on us moshing tards, and craig continued to go loco. I was a bit depressed as they didnt play 'anysound'. a great song off of their new album i had purchased a few months before... but it all was ok, cos the atmosphere, and the fact that craig nicholls was ooh, around two metres away? yeah it was awesome =]
After the spectacular ending from craig, which included slamming his guitar into the stage, jumping over the drums, n rolling on the big drum at the front and throwing crap into the curtain behind him, i was ready for a rest. Reannen Emily and I dragged ourselves from the somewhat delerious ( most probably high) crowd and headed off to find samuel n eleanor.
we ran them n found out they were back at the orange stage awaiting the killers to come on stage. Emily met up with them n wandered in. But reannen and i were buggered, so we sat in the grandstand nearby and sang aloud to ‘When You Were Young’, ‘Mr Brightside’, ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’ and ‘Somebody Told Me’.
I was happy to see some familiar faces throughout the day. My mate Nicola was lining up for drinks like us, and as soon as i spotted her n started talking, our friend jai sauntered over. I also saw Alba & jamie-lee before and after the killers which was good =]
Em&el&sam had been crowd surfing during the killers, and reannen and i were extremely jealous. But i figured, as i was wearing a skirt, it probably wasnt a good idea anyways. After calming our hardcore friends down [haha] we went over to a grass area for a bit of a rest, some food and drink and time to reflect on the day.
The sun was going down, and all you could hear whilst we were munching on our junk was the john butler trio playing 'funky tonight'. We had sat in a good position as you could see through the large gap of the grandstands, out to the blue and orange stage.
We could make out john butler running about on stage with his guitar and harmoica strapped to him.
reannen and i went off to look at merchandise, and danced whilst they played 'zebra'. Everything unfortunately was sold out, and all that was left was an ugly muse t-shirt ( sorry muse) and another fugly BDO shirt ( sorry BDO designers). As we headed back to the grass, reannen and i decided to take a shortcut, and found ourselves in a total other arena.
The 'boiler room' is known for its rave like qualitys. along with the fact that apparently the majority of the crowd are on E or some shit. It was air conditioned, so we stayed in there for a few minutes, unable to understand a word the singer was singing. [funny that?]
Getting back to the grass, everyone agreed they were ready for the next act. at this time it was about 7.45 and muse was on at 8.30. I desperately wanted to see them, but being the only one actually knowing muse, it took a lot of convincing until they agreed to come with me to the orange stage.
We walked over and soon discovered we were in for a rough time. the whole oval/race track was PACKED. and it was impossible to get anywhere. Everyone must be lining up for muse. We pushed through to the gate (a tentish thing in between the two stages you have to go through) and waited for ages until we actually got inside the thing. I somehow got infront of my mates, and was squeezed through the tiny tiny gates. At one point, no joke- i thought i was going to lose my breath. I was being squeezed so hard because of the amount of people pushing to get through the gates before they closed for the remainder of the night.
It didnt help that i had some sling bag across my body, and as that pushed into my stomach, i was left gasping for air. The fact that i had lost my friends in a crowd of thousands didn't help the situation. I panicked, and dropped my bag, but thankfully found it a few minutes, after i had pushed through; later lying in the gates. el&reannen&em&sam got through around five minutes later, and i had never been so happy to see any of their faces!! We ran into the muse arena and only had to wait a few minutes until they came on.
Muse impressed just about everybody that got to witness their show and they proved that they were definitely a stadium rock band. There were close up cameras on the microphone, drums, piano and around the stage to give great vision of Muse to those that couldn’t get as close as they wanted as well as inject some Space Invaders into their music. 'Knights of Cydonia' was the first song, and as it came on, the whole arena exploded into a ball of crazy muse mad fans. I was the only one with any knowledge of this band, but soon enough reannen got into the groove of things. The others left, but we stayed until almost the end. We ended up getting out of the crowd just as my favourite muse song at the time 'stockholm syndrome' started playing. I was a bit gutted, but you could hear the tunes for miles, so i was ok.
We didn't stick around to see tool as none of us knew them very well. We heard them right throughout the place, and later on when we got to my uncles house near the showgrounds. Apparently tool had the honour of being the first band to have a 90 minute time slot! so i was a bit sorry i didnt stick around; they were supposed to be brilliaant.
well that was my day.
& i had a fantastic time.
& i cant wait to go back next year.
& yes i DO have a life.
i was just extremely bored this arvo.
hope u enjoyed emmas BDO experience!
PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESH x high