I was ecstatic - mainly because I have never won anything before, and also because I was going to get a chance to see what all the fuss is aboutwith VIP and meeting bands etc. I had listened to the band and so I knew what type of music they made. They are sort of electronic dance synth indie. I know, it sounds complicated, but it leans more towards electro-dance. Although they are called Miike Snow, they are a three piece band made up of an american and two swedes.
As you all know, I worry about things that I don't have any prior experience with and then don't sweat it when I have done it before. Had I ever done something like this before? No. So I was worried, as I didn't know how the prize worked and wanted to know the details. Seeing as the tickets were awarded to me the day before the gig, I expected a faster turnaround and some rapid communication. It didn't happen :( It also didn't help that I had managed to win tickets to see the world première of Prometheus in London Leicester Square too. So I needed to know which one I was going to go ahead with. Eventually, Sony contacted me and I decided to go to the gig. I gave my Prometheus tickets away and two people who work with my friends sister went instead.
Anyway, we went to London and arrived at Brixton academy at half 5, the exact time that we were told to be by the stage door. There were two younger people there as well who had also won. We waited a while and wondered if we had the right place, I did my usual stuff and asked the security on one of the doors who said he didn't know anything, then we waited a while longer. It seemed silly to me and I remembered there was a phone number for if you had any problems, I called it and the guy said he would be there in 10 minutes he was just getting something to eat! Anyway, he turned up and we were taken in, and shown around the venue and the VIP area. There were great views from the VIP area but it was definitely not what my imagination had expected- was this a glimpse into the not so glamorous music industry?
What I expected.Soft lighting, carpet, plush seating, fancy artwork or grafitti art, free bar, and fancy toilets with sofas and hand cream.
What it was like.Very dark, linoleum floors (not even wood!), small stools and basic music themed decor, bare walls, no free bar and the toilets were the same as the general use loo's. NO hand cream.
The gig itself was a veritable light show, if you suffered from even the mildest form of epilepsy you would have been in trouble. It was fun, and some of the tracks I remembered from having listened to them. As with most things, if you are a fan then you will love it, if not it might not be such a big deal. The crowd were really trendy and perfectly coiffed which was a surprise for me, and it was SOLD OUT and everyone in there looked to be having a good time.
If I had paid for VIP tickets (I think you can to some concerts) then I would have been seriously miffed with the extras but as it was free and it really did open my eyes a bit, then I feel I got my moneys worth! lol
Sorry the pics are a bit blurry!