Not to be dramatic or anything, but I recently had the best day ever. I got to attend a 5 Seconds of Summer concert with my best friend and our day was nothing short of an adventure.
About a month or two before the concert we had EVERYTHING planned out and had our strategies on how we were gonna meet them down to a T. Now I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve met a few celebs in my day…yes, that is Cody Simpson and Mitchell Musso. Pretty big deal, I know.
So having experience with some pretty big names, I was sure I had this one in the bag.
I was wrong.
When we got to the venue at 9 a.m (keep in mind the concert didn’t start until 8:30 p.m.)to look around and check in to our hotel across the street (we didn’t know at the time, but 5sos was also staying there) the line was already reaching from the top of this 3 story building to the end of the second story….AT 9 A.M. Needless to say, we were a little shook and knew we had to get in line then if we wanted to actually get a good spot.
Our bullet proof plan already had quite a few holes in it. Luckily my grandma met us in Houston and saved our spots in line while we glammed up. & if you haven’t gathered already some of these girls got in line waaay early in the morning and some even stayed over night so they weren’t exactly feelin’ our fits. With that being said, they were mostly ranging from the ages of 10-16 with their moms so I guess we should have expected a few glares.
-What we wore:
close toe/comfy shoes: Depending if you have assigned seating, standing room,pit, ect. The realm of shoe choice gets smaller and smaller. In my case I was in a standing room so already I knew my feet were gonna get stepped on and I was going to be standing for quite a while, BUT if you plan on throwing some elbows and getting to the front like me, you’re gonna get a little bit more than stepped on…teenage girls are WILD. So keep that in mind while choosing shoes. I wore Vans, Hope wore Adidas Superstars, a good go-to is always converse
Back pack/fanny pack: Odds are if you’re waiting in line like we were you’re gonna need a few essentials to get you through. I recommend a small back pack or stylish fanny pack to wear in place of a purse so you don’t have to worry about keeping it on your shoulder the whole time. Inside my backpack I kept a few snacks, a portable charger, a few make up products for touch ups, and money for food and merch!
Once we were done getting ready, we walked down to their bus in hopes of maybe catching them on their way in or out of the venue. As a couple hours had past, the only good thing that had come out of waiting was three new friend who were actually our age. We decided it was time to go back in line and relieve my grandma from her concrete throne, or the ground she had been sitting on for quite a few hours. We thought maybe we should reevaluate our priorities considering we’re sophomores in college waiting for 11 hours to see a boyband along with an endless line of teens, but then we decided that was a stupid idea & right about that time I got a call from one of our new friends saying that they were barricaded in front of the venue and we needed to come down ASAP.
So thats exactly what we did…left our spot in line that we had been holding since 9 that morning.
We got down and pushed our way to the front bar enduring many insults after doing so, but it was worth it because soon two black suburbans pulled up with the boys and as you can tell by the picture below of my reflection in the car, I was pretty excited. Eye contact was made & waves were exchanged — a pretty big moment if I do say so myself.
So after that whole fiasco happened we ran back up two flights of stairs in hopes we could get our spots back and luckily we did. At this point my full on 13 year-old-One Direction-fan-girl mode had kicked in and I was ready for the concert. Though our spots were no where near the front of this never ending line, I was determined to get to the front.
Once we actually got inside the venue, our view wasn’t awful, but there were quite a few people in between us and the stage, which was a bummer but we were still excited!
When 5SOS finally came out you would have thought someone was at the back of the crowed threatening everyone with a weapon because at that moment every girl in the room rammed themselves forward, regardless if there was room for them to do so or not. Hope and I tried to stay together, but it was almost impossible, so we split up and I made my way towards Luke. It wasn’t easy, but nothing a little determination and elbow throwin’ can’t fix. & when I say I was close, I mean all up in their grill
Some pics and vids:
& the story doesn’t end there folks, it only gets better!
So we go back to our hotel, im a mess from being mauled in the pit (worth it though) and we just chill in the lobby. THEN THEY SIT DOWN AND START EATING RIGHT NEXT TO MY GRANDMA IN THE HOTEL RESTAURANT. We nonchalantly make our way over and after we all just kinda looked at each other Hope and I decided it was time to go back to the lobby considering we aren’t 13 so watching them eat dinner probably wasn’t acceptable.
We sat for a little longer and talked but then out of the corner of my eye I saw them leaving the restaurant and it looked like the let the hotel completely. We decided to take a look outside but it was raining and there were girls everywhere outside because they weren’t staying at the hotel so we decided to turn right back around and call it a night. We were a little sad we didn’t get to meet them but we did get waves and got to be SUPER close during the concert so we didn’t have much to complain about.
& then it happened.
I look up from my phone and not 10 feet in front of me are Luke, Ashton, Calum, and their body guard walking towards us. I froze and my mouth dropped as I made eye contact with Ashton. I said, “thats them” to Hope and we both just stared. Then when Luke was walking past me I panicked and said “uh hi-hi Luke!” ….big face palm for that one, but he looked at me, smiled, and said “hey!” UGDGIUAGUILCAWGIULYAWHAT (what my brain looked like after that moment) and then I turned to my right to see Calum smile at Hope and proceed to say, “Hey ladies” & we were like:
Needless to say, we didn’t play it cool…at all.
& then they walked up to their rooms leaving me and Hope shook to our core
So if you’re still here with me you’re probably thinking either “woah dude thats super cool, sounded like a blast” or “Wow you’re almost full grown, what a shame…still acting like you’re 12” either way i’m going back for more in September sooo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Also, a little life tip I took away from this experience: Once I returned home one of my friends read me a devotional that said
“Walk with Me in holy trust, responding to my initiatives rather than trying to make things fit your plans. I died to set you free, and that includes freedom for compulsive planning. When your mind spins with multitude of thoughts, you cannot hear my voice.”
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, we had everything planned months in advance. Like everything. Or so we thought, and when things began to go south and were taken out of our control we had no other choice but to sit back and let God do his thing. It may sound silly because of the circumstances, but he showed us if we just trust in him he will deliver his plan and show you one heck of a time.
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