June 5th- June 7th 2009.
Me and my random trips to the UK, will that ever stop? Probably, once I live there.
Anyways, I had to get up early on Friday, June 5th, because I had to help with some shit at school. Meaning; teaching little kids some etiquette. BORING. And this was the 2nd day already. The TV crew was there, I didn’t make it on tv though! So I have been told. I could watch it, as I would be on a plane.
After that it was time for an English class, which meant: presentation time. I thought that I sucked, I forgot most things, just a massive failure. But the teacher said it was alright?! Strange shit, but I don’t care.
Class finished a bit earlier, so got home on time, tried to take a nap, which didn’t work. Packed my final luggage and drove to Weeze, to the airport. It took me about an hour, which wasn’t to bad. I found a parking space near the entrance (yay) and I could check in right away. Then it was time to wait. And lawl, what a tiny ass airport this is. There wasn’t a lot to do, so I just ate something and read a book. Then it already was time to get on the plane and fly off to my favourite city in the UK; Manchester.
Once I got there, things went pretty fast, got my bag right away. That’s what you get when you’ve to walk a lot to get to the luggage thing. Then I saw Kerry (bananasplit
) right away (: and we headed to the hotel. It rained, some evil accident happened on the high way… car upside down. Not cool. Then I checked in, gave Kerry some ‘stroopwafels’ (Dutch cookie). We walked around for a bit and got a drink at the train station! Then it was time to say goodbye and we’d be seeing each other again the next day! Aiden day! But before I went to bed I went to Tesco’s to buy some food. Yay for 11pm closing times.
The next day I walked around Manchester, spend some time in the HMV stores and FOPP. I ended up buying 2 CDs at HMV: Knives – Aiden & The Best In Town – The Blackout. Could’ve been more, but I didn’t want to spend too much. Then I walked past the Hard Rock Café but that was closed, or well empty, so I didn’t bother to get in. So I just walked around some more, got back to the hotel, ate, watched TV and went back to the Hard Rock Café later on. Got my dad a hurricane glass, he collects them. And went to Tesco’s again, for something sweet and something to drink. Then I decided to join the Aiden queue. There already had been people there since 11am. I saw them when I lurked there. I was like; ‘Nuh, I don’t want to queue already’. I’m not that bad. So I joined around 4pm. I recognized some people but couldn’t be bothered to walk up to them, and guess what, they came up to me later. Had to show my tattoo ;]. Got some promo CDs from the street teams that were there. And finally around 6pm it was time to get in. I couldn’t find the wardrobe so kept my bag with me (hate it, annoying as hell). And the first band, Idiom was already playing. They weren’t to bad really. I felt like I had already heard of this band before, but I have no idea. Then the stage was made ready for Young Guns, they’re pretty good, actually. I only expected Tonight Is Goodbye to play, but they apparently pulled out of the tour, because of family issues. Come to think of it, they probably weren’t the best choice to be on tour with Aiden anyway… not that I’d have mind to see them!
And then finally the stage was made ready for Aiden. After not seeing them for 7+ months, I was excited to see them again, knowing that the UK crowd would be crazier than the Dutch one made it even better.
The started of with The Last Sunrise followed by Die Romantic! The place went nuts! Aiden played a lot of new songs and a very few old songs. It was a pretty short set to be honest. I expected more. But I’ll just blame the early curfew (9pm). Other songs they played, which I can remember: We Sleep Forever, Let The Right One In, Teenage Queen, Black Market Hell, Killing Machine, Crusifiction, Scavengers Of The Damned, The Asylum and last but not least I Set My Friends On Fire.
During the last song, I Set My Friend On Fire, they had the Wall Of Death! Before all that William had taken his shirt off, how long have I waited for that? Haha. Sorry. And during the wall of death I was like everywhere. And William jumped in the crowd x_x. It was so awesome. The whole show was. I have seen every part of the venue thanks to the crowd. It was epic.
Then I looked for Kerry and I found her, I got a nice shirt, and we waited for the band, I just wanted to give William some stroopwafels. But we had to go outside, so we did, waited for a while and then they were outside. I waited for the teenies to bugger off a little. Then William was escorted to the taxi and I pretty much shoved the stroopwafels (they pretty much survived the moshing) in his hand! And just said ‘a nice present from Holland’ and he said ‘thanks’ and smiled. He apparently had to go and see Oasis, thank you twitter. Since it was like 10pm now, we went to a fish and chip shop and ate something. And I must say that Dutch/Belgian fries > English chips. But that’s probably because I’m used to that. I’ll need to get used to the food there! Or make my own! Anywayssss, drifting off. After our late food stop we went back to the hotel, and we said goodbye and we’ll hopefully see each other again in Madrid (if I can get days off) or else there’ll be some future shows in Scotland or England! Now I just better get accepted in the RGU!
Then next day I had to get up around 8am, too early for me. I was dead tired. I got ready, packed my stuff together, checked out and walked to the train station. I had my first train ride in the UK =D loved it. I’m so lame. A nice long walk through the airport again, could check in right away. And then waited, bought a book, and waited.
Then it was time to leave Manchester again.
So I had an amazing time and I’d just really like to thank Kerry for picking me up and having me around really =D You’re awesome! And next time your work will hopefully be nice. ;]
Pictures will be posted later, as they need to be tagged.