Oh, yes, thanks I didn't look on the titles properly.
You were so lucky, even though they didn't play Parachutes!!! It's the first time I hear about Chris blowing kisses to people And I'm glad the guys were so happy and satisfied! Thank for your reviewI'll try to put my story together before it gets too blurred.
Warning: It's more like a crazy fangirl story, so don't expect a serious musical review!
So we met with Oliv in Bratislava on Friday and went to Prague together, spent Saturday sightseeing and on Sunday VERY early we went to the stadium.
It was still dark and nobody around but a security guy. He was bored so we chatted for a while, he went to take the pictures of the stage and came to show us.
Time was flying quite quickly, we decided to take a picture every hour and it was only the two of us until 8AM...
Just a few people arrived until 10AM and by midday, there were still only about 20 people in the queue at our gate. (and a similar number at the second gate).
It was fun, there were people from all over the world, SLovakia, Indonesia, Brazil, Canada, Italy... I counted about 10 nationalities only in my closest surrounding.
But still, there were so few people compared to the other shows I went to, I was a bit worried that the crowd might not be so good.
They let us in just before 4PM. The security guys were a bit confused (and confusing), at first they told us they will open between 2-3PM, then between 4-5, and in fact they opened about 3,50.
It was good that the gates were at the same side of the stadium as the stage, so we didn't have to run too far, only down the galleries and we were at the stage.
So all of us got to the barrier. We wanted to be at the ramp, on Jonny's side, so we got there. Out international mini-group - Italy, Slovakia, Indonesia, Brazil. We all had signs/flags/something mentioning our country, which can be seen on the panorama pic.
When we got in, the stadium started to fill only very slowly and we were still worried about the crowd. But it was getting better.
Before the support bands, there were some people walking around the stage, probably the fans who won meet and greet. They were taking pictures and Phil was with them showing them around.
Charli XCX was allright but Marina was fantastic. I don't know why the newspaper review wrote she was perceived coldly by the crowd, I think she won over almost everyone and the response was fine.
Inbetween the acts, as the roadies were walking around, they were getting so much cheering from the crowd, one of the roadies started to enjoy it and seemed like only walk up and down to get the applause. It was like he was soundchecking our voices and we were louder and louder everytime he showed up.
Then R42 came to take the panorama picture and many of the people at the front knew so were cheering again.
I don't really like Jay-Z's music, but I was so happy when 99 Problems already started! After the many many hours of waiting, it was indescribable.
By that time, the crowd got very loud and we finally stopped worrying about it.
When the boys came on stage, the crowd unbelievable considering it's quite a small stadium. I'm not sure whether 30 or 40 thousand, everyone says something else.
After In My Place, Chris said a few things in Czech, like good evening and we're happy to be here as always. He promised us the best concert ever (as always ). I know all those things, heard them many times, but it's always amazing.
When the Yellow intro started, the cheering was so loud, Chris couldn't start singing. He tried to concentrate but just had to laugh and make the intro a bit longer.
It was apparent that they are impressed with the noise, they were really enjoying it, even Guy moved from his spot and walked around the stage.
I don't think I have to describe the whole atmosphere, the ones who experienced it know and the ones who didn't just need to experience, because it's indescribable!
The music, xylobands, confetti, fireworks, beach balls, etc. and amazing people around you make it the best thing.
So, what was a bit different for me this time: I made the banner, I posted a picture here, saying: Please, play Parachutes, please, eat more chocolate, please, come to Slovakia. I knew there wasn't a chance they will play it, but I just hoped for some response, so I held up the banner everytime some of them went by. Actually, Chris was acknowledging probably all of the banners, I saw him giving thumbs up and things like that on the catwalk. But it seems like he was looking everywhere else but my way. But when Viva finished and Charlie Brown started, he went from the Xstage back and suddenly turned to me, he mimed "PARACHUTES", nodded and blew a kiss to me!!! I was so shocked, I did't expect it at all! I got a bit of hope he might play Parachutes after all, when he said it, but he didn't. Nevermind. So, if anyone comes across a video of that, please please, let me know!
I didn't take too many pictures as I wanted to purely enjoy the show. I'll upload the few I took later.
Another nice moment came on the C-stage, when Chris messed up Speed of Sound at the very beginning, because they laughed and he said something like: "I'm sorry, I'm having too much fun!"
You know how it goes, it's everything so fast after the C-stage, Clocks, Fix You, Every Teardrop and that's the end...
But they were so impressed by the crowd all four of them were walking around the whole stage and catwalks aplauding and bowing about 5 minutes before the usual final bow. And after that, Chris kissed the stage.
After the show, we went to the back of the stadium, to see if we could meet the band, but after an hour or so I asked some English speaking crew and they said the band left right after the show. We knew it but we had to try...
There were Viva-chants sounding around the stadium even 2 hours after the show!
Ok, this was just too long, I apologize. I could have written just "WOW!" instead!
It was so amazing to be there, after 9 months of waiting since the date was announced, meet the amazing fans from all over the world and to see the boys play again. It's so addictive, I can't wait to do that again and I wouldn't mind to go queuing again, even tomorrow if I had to.
Edit: pictures added to my signature, if you wanna take a look.
Nice pictures!Here are my photos from the show!
Whole album in hi res:
and MX Baloons:
and my Confetti