Monday, May 20, 2013

BFD 2013

Let me just start off by saying that this was my first BFD concert experience and...


I almost went by myself, but then I realized how bad of an idea that was, so I forked out the cash for two tickets. And not just any old general admission tickets, but seats. And not just any old seats, but 3rd row seats. Not only were they third row, but that means you also get the VIP treatment and it's pretty much worth it.

VIP means you don't have to hoof it in from way out yonder and instead you park right outside of the amphitheatre. VIP means when you walk towards the entrance, they stop foot traffic so you can cross over and enter in the super special entrance. VIP means access to the lounge, which has its own bar and even better, its own BATHROOM. VIP also means they have chips to munch on during the day and a buffet later on. It's also pretty great because when you drive out, you have your own special way to exit which means you have less traffic to fight with when all you want to do is get home because you're so stinkin' tired from rocking out all day long.

But back to the important stuff....the MUSIC. Upon arrival, my seester and I decided to walk around and see how everything was set up. We moseyed on over to the local band stage where we caught Bonnie & the Bang Bang and they were fantastic! They're overall stage presence and vibe were spot on and we thoroughly enjoyed them. I'll be downloading their EP this week! Since they're local, I'm also hoping to catch a show sometime soon. Fingers crossed!

We also endured the scorching sun to hear some bands on the Festival Stage, which included, one of my personal favorites - JIMMY EAT WORLD! I was super happy to hear some of their older stuff from Bleed American, which is easily one of my favorite albums of all time. I have some of their newer stuff too, but that one album takes me back. After hearing a single off their new album, which is out June 11th, you can be sure that I'm looking forward to the release. We also loved The Airbourne Toxic Event who played a little earlier than JEW. That might have been the moment I decided I really needed to be in a band. I can't play the violin, but I can definitely hit a few chords on a keyboard, shake a tambourine, and do some vocals!

Before we knew it, it was time for the main stage shows and we made it in time to see them all. AWOLNATION was up first (you may be familiar with Sail) and it was a great way to start off the end of the day. Of Monsters And Men was a clear fan favorite, but quite frankly, how could they not be?! Nanna Brynd√≠s Hilmarsd√≥ttir seemed super sweet and down to earth and she was clearly having a fun time. The band as a whole put on a fantastic set and Little Talks sent everyone into a frenzy. 

Next up was Silversun Pickups who I've been listening to for years. Lazy Eye was the last song in their set and was the song that got me interested in them in the first place. It's my jam. It's actually a song I sang in acting class during one of our little exercises. I can't help it, I love it! 

Enjoying our third row seats and not worrying about our hat hair.
Passion Pit was originally supposed to go next, but for some reason, they flip flopped with the headliner, which was Thirty Seconds To Mars. Not a biggie, but just surprising. Anyway, they wanted to fill the area in front of the stage, so I was able to go down and literally stand just feet away from Jared Leto and his brother, Shannon Leto, who was playing the drums immediately in front of me. Let me tell you, they know how to put on a show. I was dancing and jumping around the entire time. The last song of the set, Jared Leto invited some people on stage and as he locked eyes with me and told me to come up, I was over the gate and jumping on stage before anyone could tell me otherwise. It was crazy. And at that moment, as I looked out into the audience, I felt like I could be a rockstar. I took it all in, I sang along with band, jumped around, and right when I though it couldn't get any better, J.Leto took a swig from his water bottle and handed it right to me. So, I did what came naturally, I shrugged my shoulders and took a swig myself! 

The water bottle given to me by Jared Leto on stage during the last song and Shannon Leto's drumstick given to my seester who graciously gave it to me 
I was riding on such a high after their set that I really didn't care if we stayed or left. My sis and I ended up leaving before Passion Pit was over (we DO have adult responsibilities after all), and after such a long day, it was nice to get home. Despite not being able to unwind completely, I somehow managed to get a few hours of sleep in and made it through the work day. Although I did spend a fair amount of time reminiscing about the night before and also about the rockstar dreams I had afterward.

Blurry, but I was too busy jumping around to take a super steady photo...that's Jared Leto and I'm standing behind him...ON STAGE.
I don't know if it's meant to be or not, but I'm fairly convinced at this point that I should be in a band. So, if you know someone who's looking for vocals, I could be your girl! And I'm totally willing to learn guitar if someone is willing to teach me. Who knows, you could be hearing me and my band at a future BFD concert and that crowd could be there to see me! Wishful thinking? Perhaps. But stranger things have happened.



  1. Hi!!! I loved your post; that looks like it was an amazing day!! I am interested in going to bfd this year and I am a little confused so I was wondering if you could help me. I just want to see the bands on the Festival Stage, so is it okay if I just buy a lawn ticket? Will that get me as close to the stage as possible or do I still need to buy a lower bowl ticket for that? Please let me know asap as presale is tomorrow! Sorry for the short notice!!! Thank you :)

    1. Hi Maureen! So happy you enjoyed the post! It was an incredible day and I'm looking forward to going again this year. So there are four stages at BFD - the Main Stage, the Festival Stage, the Local Band Stage, and the Subsonic Tent. If you are mainly going for the festival stage, a lawn ticket will do just fine because that stage was located out in one of the parking lot areas and not in the actual amphitheater (standing room only!). If you want to be close to the Main Stage inside the amphitheater, then definitely purchase a lower bowl ticket. Otherwise, it's not really necessary. Last year the Festival Stage was split into two, but they were still pretty close together, so it wasn't a big deal. Definitely plan on maneuvering through people to get close to the stage though! It was such a blast going and I hope this helps with the ticket decisions! There's a lot going on all day, so make sure you check out the schedule when you get there so you can plan accordingly to see your favorite bands on the Festival Stage! Let me know if you have any other questions!