My day started off in the afternoon by jumping in the car and driving down to the WaMu theatre. The venue is such a unique location, sandwiched between the homes of two awesome sports teams. As soon as we turned the corner on to the road outside of the theatre, there was all ready a mass of excited "sheerios." Keep in mind that we arrived five hours early!
We then ventured off to the concert parking. We found a nice spot that we wouldn't forget and then we headed over to join the masses. We walked around trying to decide which line out of the two would be the best bet. After deciding they were about the same in length, it was time to look for somewhere to grab a bite to eat.
We started heading up to where we knew most of the restaurants were. We stumbled across a Starbuck, grabbed a cool beverage, and kept on our search. The only problem with the concert being in this part of Seattle is the fact that you can either eat at a coffee shop or a sports bar. Coffee shops don't usually have anything substantial to eat. Sports bars... well they are bars and often not very welcoming to underage adults. So, we gave up and headed back to wait.
By this time the lines had grown exponentially. So, we sat and just looked at the line instead of joining it. By this time we knew there was no way we could get a good spot...
That was until we got a message from a friend saying that there was a third "secret" entrance. We managed to find her after some over the phone directions. They managed to snag a group spot second in line. So we all caught up and chatted about life for a good hour and a half. Then, it was time.
They separated us into lines, and I happened to be at the front. We waited another 15-20 minutes and then again... it was time!
The lady checked my bag in lightning speed. Then, it was time for a quick body scan. On to the ticket scan. Hallelujah, I was through. I ran down the stairs faster than I have ever ran in my entire life and then proceeded to speed walk to the stage (we were told no running.) We managed to get to row five. Not too shabby.
After sitting for another 15 minutes, I noticed that people had slowly started standing. So, I stood. I turned my head slightly to look behind me and it was on! The stampede started and I pushed my way through a tiny gap. I had some great assistance from my BFF by her pushing me forward like a human shield... It was so worth it! We got to the second row and as the concert went on, we were just off center. Ed Sheeran was maybe thirty feet away from us!
I would like to point out that I love Sheeran's music but I would never classify myself as a fan girl. I appreciate his artistic expression in his lyrics and performance but I was just so excited to be so close to the stage at a concert that I could really enjoy!
The opening act also deserves a major shout out. Rudimental was awesome. I loved their unique style of music, mixing old school with new. They were by far the best opener I have ever seen, getting the audience pumped to the beats
and singing along. Definitely my new favorites going into this new school year!
We ended the night by heading over to 13 Coins to finally get some food. I got back at 1:30 am. It was a very successful day and one that I will remember forever.
|I didn't really get any focused photos because I kept getting bumped but this one shows just how close we were!|