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 Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir 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.|
|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 ♥|
|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.|