If you’re in Manila and one of those people who lined, waited and shouted their throats out for Matty, you probably know why this post is entitled that and what this post is all about.
I didn’t know The 1975 is one of Filipinos favorite until the day I heard about their series of performances here. I’ve always thought that I was the only one who actually loves and listens to them (tell me this isn’t impossible). I was really surprised - and disappointed because come on, I should be their solo audience - when I saw the feedback on the announcement. Everyone was just raving about them on Twitter, well, everywhere! Raving about the rumors - which they confirmed later on - about the song they’re supposedly making about One Direction - everything goes back to 1D, see. I mean, I hope people here didn’t just start listening to The 1975 because of that because they deserve more than that.
I discovered The 1975 during the release of their first EP, the Facedown. I was first caught by their song The City which struck me and was like playing in my mind for the next months since I first heard it. After hearing it, I started searching for their other songs but found out they’re only starting.
I don’t really fangirl - staring at their photographs, adoring their faces, searching for information about those bands I love or whether there’s a chance for them to go here in my country, see. I listen to their music is all. Sometimes, I’d just be surprised that they’d already released new single/album. And I’d be like, “Why am I knowing this just now?!”. And even that day when I found out that The 1975 was going here was accident. I almost died when I knew it’s for free - or so I thought!
I arrived in Glorietta around 2pm (the concert started around 7pm), I thought I was damn early but found long lines when I got there. I asked the guard how can I enter the concert area and told me that I should have a ticket. DOUBLE WHAMMY! How can I not know there’s a ticket?! When I asked him again on how to get one, he told me that there’s none already. I was really about to cry because even those spaces on the second and third floor were full when the guard told me I can stay at the side if I have a receipt of 500 worth of anything as long as it’s from Glorietta. I immediately bought food (YES, WORTH 500) and gave the guard the receipt, he signed it and let me in.
I waited for hours. At 6pm, they started to allow those people with tickets to go inside the concert area while I was there at the side - but nearly front, can barely see the stage.
When my boys finally went out the stage, I can’t help it and screamed the hell out of me! They were so gorgeous! They started playing and god, Matt and Adam were the hottest performers I’ve ever seen! While everyone joined the group, singing, I just savor the feeling of listening to their eargasmic - LIVE!!! - music.
I didn’t join the audience on singing until Sex. God knows how I love that song and how hot Matt Healy was while flipping his hair. It wasn’t until then when I realized that I was actually fangirl-ing. I loved the feeling! The joy of just absorbing their music while sighting their gorgeous faces, god!
Yes, maybe I still wish to have a picture with them and hear them talk to me but I think that’s too much to ask for the 500 or so bucks I spent. But still! It’s all the experience that matters anyway. After all, it’s not really their faces I was after from the first place, it’s their music. And I think, it’s more than enough that I’ve heard their music live.
This wasn’t the first concert I’ve been to. But this was the first concert I’ve been to where the performers’ music really entertains me. And before this, I always wonder why people spend lots of dough for concerts, but now that I’ve felt what they probably felt every time, I think this won’t be the last time that I’ll be watching a band I love perform live, even if that means that I might be spending more dough.