We got to the venue around 2:30 pm and the front area of the stage was already crammed with people. There goes my chance of getting up close with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But I still got my hopes high...even if the chances of meeting them were really slim.
So we settled in the middle part, which we called our home base cos that's were we meet when we get tired of roaming around.
Since the only bands that I was interested in watching at 7107 IMF that night were Empire of the Sun and RHCP, I ended up hanging out with some of my pals who I haven't seen for years.
Finally! Some people I can relate to...and they luckily got their tickets for free...if not..they won't be there. Well, I'm happy for them (cough, cough...bitter!)
The sun was still up, and as you can see the place is already packed with people. It was a huge task (especially during night time) to get back to our home base when you're intoxicated and hoping not to step on anyone's face.
Well enough of the chitchat! I'll start sharing some photos of the bands that performed that night. Let me begin with local band Radioactive Sago Project. For me, they are one of the most talented bands in the country. Well, I used to watch them a lot cos I was an official tambay at U.P. College of Music where most of the band members studied. One thing I can say about their music..."galing!"
Some people think that Sago should be at the Sun Stage because they deserve to be there instead of other local acts...and I totally agree with them. However, if the band played at the other stage then I won't be able to enjoy their set because it was crowded unlike the other side where it was more chill!
It sucks going back to the Sun Stage because of the massive crowd so I just relaxed first at the home base and drank some more beer. When I saw The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, I thought Axl Rose was resurrected. Can you see the resemblance? How I wish it was Guns N' Roses playing at that time.
People started to inch closer when Kendrick Lamar got on stage. It's a sign that I'm already old when I start asking questions like "Kendrick who?" When in fact, he is a famous hip-hop artist and my nephew really digs him.
The younger crowd started to vanish after his set, but a different crowd replaced it. I tried to penetrate (does it sound off? LOL) towards the front stage to watch Empire of the Sun, but some people are giving me the cold stares. What sucks is that I can't dance to their music because it was really crowded so I had to get away from the crowd and settle for the huge screen. Some people in front are just there to take photos/videos. I can't understand why you go near if you don't appreciate nor react to the music?
I'm glad my niece's friend was able to take good photos of Empire.
Next up was the Red Hot Chili Peppers!!! I started to look for a good area where I can watch and still have space to dance. I decided to stay at the left side of the stage...in front of the huge speakers. I was beside the barricade and was glad that no one tried to squeeze me. I was joined by my old (not literally) friends, which made the concert more fun! THIS IS IT! My dream was finally coming true!
The moment Chad, Flea, Josh, and Anthony came out, I started screaming, singing, and banging my head! I wasn't able to take any photos not only because I have a crappy camphone, but I also wanted to enjoy their music. So here are some pictures from Loyva and Sienna.
For those who missed the concert, here are some clips of the RHCP performance at 7107 IMF courtesy of my niece Inka. Also check out Chad's drum solo and Flea's handstand.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers really lived up to my expectations! The two-day music festival ended with an amazing fireworks display to match the amazing performance of the RHCP. The place looked like a battlefield after a two day music war. Look at all that mess!
I can't believe that one of my dreams finally came true...thanks to my sister and her hubby...and of course to the 7107 IMF peeps for bringing my favorite band here. As I remove my bracelet, I felt a bit depressed knowing that my dream was over.
I'm sure I wasn't the only one who felt this way. But instead of feeling sad, I force myself to look forward to next year's music festival...hoping that it will be bigger...better...and cheaper tickets (or maybe even free) :)
Who do you want to see perform in the next 7107 IMF?