The 34 Hours

June 16, 2016

I woke up at 6:00 am on Sunday, June 12th with a smile on my face and butterflies in my stomach. In just 12 hours, I would be stepping foot into the Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville, Virginia for a concert I will always remember.

This trip from MA to VA was planned a week before leaving. I saw that Wet was opening up for The 1975, and I went out on a limb and asked my dad if he’d drive with me to VA in order to see these bands perform. Myย dad said yes! We booked a hotel room and decided to leave Sunday at 7:00 am in order to get into Charlottesville around 5:00 pm. The plan was set and I couldn’t be more excited.

A week passed and it was finally the day! I woke up, looked at the time, and hopped out of bed. I had one change of clothes, my toothbrush, my wallet, and makeup packed in a backpack ready to go. The drive from MA to VA took us about 10 hours, with a few pit stops along to way for snacks and drinks. We drove through about seven different states. The scenery varied from cityscape to lush farmland. Dad and I switched off driving until we finally arrived in Charlottesville. We got to the hotel about an hour before the venue’s doors opened. We checked in and I got changed and ready for the show. My dad dropped me off at the venue. I was filled with nervous excitement. The line to get in was long, but thankfully I met a few girls, Megan and Erica, while waiting in line. They had driven about five hours for the show, so we immediately bonded over our attachment for the boys in The 1975. The gates opened, our tickets were scanned, and we walked into the general admission area. The view was absolutely perfect. As Meg, Erica, and I were standing and talking, we met another girl named Abigail. Just like us, she was beyond excited to see the boys perform tonight. I went to the concert thinking I was going to alone, but then I ended up meeting three awesome girls to share the experience with.

The band Wet came on stage and gave a great performance. They’re an Indie pop band with loads of soul and talent. The lead singer Kelly has such a powerful voice, the crowd loved her. If you haven’t heard of that band, I highly suggest you check them out.

It was time for The 1975 came on stage. The lights began flashing as the boys walked across the stage. The crowd screamed with excitement. Meg and I grabbed onto each others arms and looked at each other with huge smiles on our faces, knowing that this was going to be a night we would never forget. Matty is the lead singer, Ross plays bass guitar and keyboard, Adam plays guitar and keyboard, John is on the saxophone, and someone else has been filling in for the drummer George while he recovers from an arm injury. Matty has the best stage presence. He walks back and forth across the stage, using hand gestures and dance moves to express his emotions during every song, all while drinking a glass of wine. His charisma is one of a kind.

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A huge highlight of the night was when Matty gave an inspiring speech before performing the song ‘Loving Someone’. I’ll attach a photo of what he said down below, along with a photo of the stage setup they did for this specific song. ‘Loving Someone’ is about how people should be spending their time loving, instead of idolizing what celebrities or other successful people put out in the media. How can we expect to live a life full of love and happiness when you’re trying to live vicariously through false perceptions in the media? I’ll link a website that gives the best interpretation of the lyrics from this song (http://genius.com/8719173). Matty talked about the Orlando shooting and how they were dedicating this song to victims of this tragedy. He sang the song with intense passion, I was moved to tears. (Video of Matty’s speech :ย https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ny9UZbUmig).

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Matty’s Speech
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Stage setup during ‘Loving Someone’

The set contained 20 songs, some from the debut album and the new album. Every song was performed flawlessly. I went to the boy’s show a month prior, but I was still so in love with every part of the show. The whole crowd sang along and danced. My emotions ranged based on the songs. This band has many songs that have helped me overcome certain situations in my life and seeing them performed live is a very special moment for me. All I can say is that I was in complete euphoria for the four hours I was at the show. It reminded me how important music and family is to me. I felt all the love in the air. The night was incredible.

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I am so very grateful that my dad would drive a total of (about) 21 hours with me. I can’t thank him enough for taking me to see a band that has changed my life for the better. Music is a huge part of my life and I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to go on this 34 hour road-trip with my lovely dad to see the boys play a breathtaking show. The night has been engraved into my brain and I already miss it. There’s so many more shows to come, with so many more of my favorite bands. This is only the beginning of my adventures to show my appreciation towards music. Thank you for reading, and remember to always be kind and spread the love.

-Caroline Abigail

 

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