Last Saturday (12th July 2014), I went to see Arctic Monkeys in Marlay Park, Dublin.
My friends and i left our houses at 10 am (see what i did there? ;D) and we were queuing from about half 10. We talked and waited in line until about 3 o'clock, and then we were allowed go through security and then into the huge field where the stage was.
The capacity of this gig was 37,000....and we got right up to the barrier. FRONT ROW. I don't know if i'm just lucky when it comes to gigs or if waiting in line for hours just pays off.
The second we saw that stage we sprinted across the field and got our places. We waited over an hour and a half for the first support act; 'Royal Blood'. They were a band i hadn't listened to before but i thought they were decent.
After their performance we waited another hour, during that hour the huge screens on the side of the stage displayed tweets with the hashtag 'marlaypark2014'. My tweet got shown more than 8 times and i caught a picture! I was so happy that my profile picture was from when i met the strypes because a selfie would have been so embarrassing to have up on the screen in front of 37,000 people. It's funny because a guy yelled out 'ugh,she met the strypes!' one of the times when it was shown.
Then, Miles Kane came on. I was excited to see him live because i love his music and he is such a great performer. 'Rearrange' and 'Don't Forget Who You Are' were probably the best live (In my opinion) my friends and i danced like crazy.
Not only that-but Josh Mc Clorey from The Strypes was watching his entire performance from the side of the stage! I waved at him and hoped Miles would ask him to do a song with him on stage but unfortunately he didn't!
After another hour or so wait, Jake Bugg came on stage. I was buzzing because i love Jake Bugg, his albums are really great and i had been looking forward to seeing him.
He opened with 'Theres A Beast and We All Feed It' which is a really good way to excite the audience from the start.
The best songs live (for me) were 'Two Fingers', (one of my favorite songs!) 'Messed Up Kids' and 'Simple Pleasures'. I'm so happy that i'll be seeing him live again in October at his gig in the Olympia!
Once Jake Bugg was finished, the crowd began to get pushier and rougher as everybody wanted to be up close to see Alex, Matt, Jamie and Nick.
This is where being in the pit has its flaws-we were getting absolutely squashed up against the barrier and our hair was getting pulled but we waited patiently for the Monkeys to come on stage.
Alex pranced on stage wearing his signature leather jacket and a shirt that was unbuttoned one too low, but it worked because, you know, Alex Turner.
They opened with 'Do I Wanna Know', and effortlessly charged through with other songs from their newest album: 'Arabella' and 'Snap Out of It'.
Then they moved onto some of their old hits which really got the mosh pit going and was a tad scary (to say the least) but was fun all the same. We didn't give in to those annoying people who try to take your well earned spot at the barrier, we didn't let people being pulled out by security ruin our night, and we didn't let the hunger get to us!
It got to a point where there were people being pulled out of the pit every second! Passed out, drunk, dehydrated, overwhelmed..at least 100 people were taken out by security. Which was really distracting for us as we had to bend our necks awkwardly and get our hair pulled every minute- but it soon calmed down.
Then they played 'My Propeller' and 'I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor' - that's when i spotted Josh (again) at the side of the stage with BP Fallon! They were having a great time-i wish i could have been up there with them!
After two of my favorite songs of the night 'Fluorescent Adolescent' and 'Why Do You Only Call Me When You're High?', they went off stage. The crowd yelled 'Ole Ole Ole' until they re-appeared for an amazing encore including one of their best songs ever; 'R U Mine?'
Overall, it was an amazing, unforgettable day.. what a great way to have my 10th gig!