Always bring a cake to a party – Hoodie Allen concert review 

And that’s what Hoodie Allen did in Cologne on the 14th of this December on his hype tour show. But let’s go back to the start, right?

So first of all, I am in no way a big fan of the venue, have some bad memories from that place but this time it was quite nice because the people were incredibly sweet and respectful. 

So that being said, guess who’s also super nice? Right, the Hoodie Guy 🙂 

He’s got extremely much stamina and so much love for his fans that he usually stands in the merch booth an hour pre show to sell his merch and meet fans. Also, the first few fans in line usually get a M&G, plus there’s also the concert so yeah, he’s got a lot of love and energy for his fans. However, as there were no parking lots available anymore by the time we’ve arrived we missed out on the two support acts and I also can’t say whether Hoodie stood in the merch booth. BUT, I definitely wasn’t too late for his show and I tell you what, it is amazing that he has a full band, every song sounds so energetic and rocky and that’s how I like it.

He’s done a mixture of all of his records, all the fans’ favorites songs like “champagne and pools” and “small town” as well as a cover of “stand by me”. Slightly gutted they didn’t completely cover “American idiot” because I am pop punk at heart.

The show was incredible anyway, it was so much fun to watch the guys on stage and it was also so much fun to see the fans around me be all happy and smiley. There were 12 year olds, 24 year olds and 50+ ones all singing and jumping along and in my opinion if an artist manages to please all age groups he has to do something right and Hoodie does. His stage personality is so lovely and he’s very appreciative and the good mood definitely was contagious throughout the whole show.

For „”cake boy” he threw cake into the crowd and he also had some bits and bobs for some of the other songs and I personally loved that because the venue is quite boring and he’s brought his toys to make it much more fun and that was very nice!

Hoodie also jumped into the crowd and finished his song with the pit which is probably a highlight for most of the fans. One fan however has probably a much different highlight she got to sing a part of his song and completely nailed it.

It wasn‘t my first Hoodie Allen gig but compared to the one last year it was just so much better and I don’t think that it’s going to be my last show of him.

If you get the chance to see Hoodie in concert do it! 

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going VIP for your favorite band? 

I think the header alone could spark heated discussions and I admit, I’m one of those that is not really a big fan of VIP upgrades but… I’ve sat down and thought about why it might be a good thing, though.

I personally am a big fan of meeting my bands, always have been always will and to make something clear from the beginning: it’s not stalking or being a groupie, it’s just being a fan of music who is happy to get to say hi and maybe thank you to the artists that create that music. And we all know music is a huge part of life and I’m sure there’s one or two songs in your life also that mean a bit more to you than other songs. So getting to say what those songs mean to you, maybe just say thank you for an amazing show or telling them you’ve met other great people through them… that’s why -at least I- want to meet my artists. The happiness afterwards is just a bonus.

So there are a couple of ways now to actually meet them. 

Go to their shows (obviously you do not want to stalk them in their private life just chilling by the pool at a hotel or worse: at home), be lucky enough to cross paths with them while they’re unloading their stuff or walk around actually with the purpose of hanging out with the fans. Yes that also happens, happened to me a couple of times, it was awesome. 

Another option is to wait for them after the show. Sometimes when you’re lucky and it’s technically possible for the artists to show up, they’ll hang out for a little while to thank you for attending the show. 

But what if…. what if you’re actually not that lucky, they’re not hanging out pre or apres shows but you want to meet them so badly? 

Then there’s option 2, which I admit isn’t always the case: Meet and Greets.

Some artists like to hang out with fans, they’ll show up at their own merch booth or tell you to meet them at the bar after the show or they add a little meet and greet right when you purchase a ticket for example online. Other artists have a fanclub that allows members to attend a m&g. 

So, meet and greets that are chilled are great, I’ve experienced a couple of those, just hanging out with the artists, talking, bantering and of course taking some nice pictures as a memory. Sounds good, right? But what if your artist doesn’t offer meet and greets this way? Or you’re not lucky enough to get into the m&g because the number of people is limited? That obviously sucks. So what’s the next option?

That would be a paid VIP -experience. And here we are back to the original question, does it even make sense to go VIP for your favorite band/artist?

Well… that’s where the discussion starts. Artists that haven’t charged before are now charging fans to meet them? Is that still acceptable? Should you even consider it? Are they worth that amount of money? 

Those are questions you as you should ask yourself because in the end it’s actually up to you this time. You can decide to pay and to meet them or you can decide to not pay and maybe not meet them. 

Yes it sucks that artists that haven’t charged before, now want money in order for you to meet them. But here comes the thinking:

If you really, really want to meet your favorites wouldn’t it be a great offer to offer people to meet them? I mean there are a lot of people out there that never got lucky waiting for them, the more famous the artist the harder it actually is, but offering them a way to meet them ‘easily’ in my opinion is nice. Also it causes less anxiety to have control over it. It gives people that aren’t as lucky as others the chance to hang out with them, too. Okay, paying money for that still sucks but who knows, maybe for some people it’s worth that amount of money. I know I would pay to meet some people, I know I’ve already did and I can say that I didn’t regret that choice.

 Yes it is a lot of money sometimes but as long as you’re okay with spending it, I don’t see a reason why artists shouldn’t offer the upgrades, after all… it’s up to you. Yes of course they could offer free meet and greets but that would just quickly end up in chaos, the more famous…. you get my point, right? Free M&Gs is the dream but in real life it would be impossible to please everyone then as well because time and space and energy is limited and if you think about it, there are expenses that need to be covered, there might need to be security, maybe a professional photographer etc.

However, I’ve scrolled through Instagram and realized that there are a lot of people that purchased a VIP package for a recent concert who have never met their favorite artists before and are happy to finally had been given the chance and as long as they’re happy I don’t see any harm done. 

So… don’t judge people that do pay to ensure to meet their favorites, maybe that’s the only way to say hi and hug them. 

So yeah, going VIP is totally up to you and how much it’s worth to you but I personally  would do it again.
Cheers,

Kessy 

“you’re the loudest crowd ever!”

You might already know what this blog post is about after reading the oh so famous phrase, I’ve chosen as my title.
If not, let me help you: It’s a little essay about why or why not you should bother about artists saying stuff like “you’re the loudest crowd ever” or “this has been one of my favorite concerts ever”.

In fact, I used to get annoyed when artists say things like that, like not angry but just eye-rolling-annoyed. Because let’s be honest, they do say it at every show. But last night at the James Arthur concert a thought hit me and changed my view and I wanted to write it down to maybe change your view, too.
Obviously it’s not going to be the loudest crowd ever, especially when the artist is playing in a little local club but already has filled arenas before, so why on earth are they still saying that it is? And is it okay for them to say it? So here’s my take on that.

Of course they’re going to tell the crowd what the crowd wants to hear, after all they paid for the ticket, they want to get sugar coated the whole time. And there’s nothing wrong with that. For many, shows are a special occasion, some may take a holiday to be able to attend, some may even skip school or classes to be there and some actually for once leave the house. Big ups to that.

So there’s nothing wrong with artists praising their fans and their show; who knows, maybe the location is really amazing this time and definitely one for their books, maybe there’s one person in the crowd who managed to get the artist to laugh mid song like no one ever before, maybe there were fan projects – like paper hearts during an important song- that the artist has moved so much, maybe, maybe, maybe.

The reasons for the show and the crowd to be actually worth being called “best, loudest, most amazing” are endless. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the show has to be literally the “best, loudest, most amazing” show ever, but because of these little things I mentioned earlier, they get pretty close to it and that’s already worth a lot. But for an artist, it would just sound super crappy to tell the crowd “You’ve definitely managed to get into my top 100 of concerts.” That’s not what the audience wants to hear, so obviously that’s not what’s being said.

Furthermore, it really lifts some peoples’ spirits to hear praises like that. It may be the first concert ever for some people in the crowd, they don’t even think that the artist is saying stuff like that at every show and since they most probably won’t attend the same show again on that tour, they’re totally fine with being praised in just that moment, so why take that away from them? It’s much lovelier to see sparkles in their eyes and hear them cheer and be happy that they’ve been a great crowd than to see people roll their eyes or hear them say annoying things like “they say that at every show, yeah right.” #Partypooper
So what, let them say that at every show, they don’t particularly speak to you, they speak to those that want to live in that moment, those that want that moment to be the best moment ever for that very moment. See a parallel here?

So, to conclude: Yes it is alright for artists to tell the audience that they’ve been the loudest, best, most amazing crowd ever” but yes it it also okay to be annoyed about it. However, it is not okay to rain on other people’s parades by saying that it’s unnecessary to say stuff like that, to say that for the artist that show is just like every other show. It’s never okay to rain on people’s parades during concerts. They choose to be there, they choose to be carefree and to have a good time for the time being, so let them have a good time. After all, that’s what we all want, right? And if you still want to be annoyed about it, you choose to btw, do that in silent. 🙂

Cheers,

Kessy

hello june…

I’ve  decided to start the months by writing down what to expect from it, my goals, events I’m looking forward to and so forth and since it’s a bank holiday today I’ve decided that it doesn’t count that it’s already the 5th of June.

I think kind of seeing what’s ahead of you gives you some sort of control and makes you feel less anxious about the future and that’s definitely what I want to achieve by writing out my month. If I were to actually use my paper calendar the way I wish to, I would plan the month out in advance but for now I just can’t be bothered… Definitely something I want to improve on in the close future.

This month isn’t as spectacular as it could be I guess, as I will mostly focus on not spending too much money because I have serious financial bills to take care of. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the end of that.

On the contrary of not spending too much money I do obviously have expenses I need to have in mind. As summer is fast approaching I am in need of a couple of summery clothes and shoes. It just doesn’t end well with all black, I think you know my struggle.

One thing that’s gonna happen literally tomorrow is a concert. I’ve purchased tickets for James Arthur and after the tickets got lost in my room I can now proudly say that I found them and that I am very much so stoked for the show. I gotta be honest here I don’t know too many songs but I cheated and created a playlist on Spotify with his setlist… I just don’t have enough time to get into as many records as I’d love to.

ALSO HAPPENING IS A GOOD CHARLOTTE RÉUNION AND MEET AND GREET. *fangirl screaming over*

I also plan on writing a serious grocery list this month so I do not have to spend too much money but also have the options when it comes to food. As I work 3 to 4 days a week I definitely need a good amount of food that I can prep and take to work. I am too extra to eat out and if I’m totally honest, I am also way too lazy to hunt down quick restaurants.
And speaking of work, that’s what I want to do a lot of this month, it’s not super busy at work so I might get the opportunity to leave early or don’t come at all but as mentioned before I need money so I need to force myself to say “no” to any of these heavenly offers, ha.

Another thing I know already and am really excited for are a couple of movies I get to preview. They’ll fill some of my dull evenings so that’s a bonus.

There are also a couple of important dates coming like birthdays and partys but I haven’t thought a lot about that. So as for me, June is just going to be a summer month filled with university, work and trying to keep a full wallet so I can have a good start into July!

Oh. June is also a great month for a lot of different types of fruits so grab some strawberries and peaches and that really makes me super excited haha.

I hope you’re going to have a splendid June.

 

Ps: To give myself an extra push into this month I’ve did my spring/summer cleaning!

 

Cheers,
Kessy

 

a little introduction

Hello there,

I try to keep it short here. My name’s Kessy and I am from Germany. I like German but as for the sake of international communication I prefer English. However, when I actually can’t be bothered to write a blog post in english or its more relevant in my mother tongue the post will be in German (That’s why I have a “deutsch” option in the menu section)

The most important thing one should ask when starting a blog is the purpose. As for me, it’s actually just a fun way to write about things that matter to me or that I enjoy. I definitely won’t get into stuff that I do not have a clue about… But yeah, I think my niche would be in writing or in reviews I guess… Writing because I want to really pursue the dream of writing and finishing  a book. To have it published is the dream but I think I’d already be super happy with a finished draft.

One of my other big passions is food. Yeah, like everyone. However, as a picky, picky eater food isn’t as much fun as I would wish for it to be, because of my stupid brain I have to leave out a lot of probably quite tasty, amazing food…
But, despite that, I love baking and cooking and talking about food. So I guess that’s also what you’ll find on here, recipes, food 101 and probably quite a bit about meal preparation and meal planning to save money. That is my main purpose with that, because I do eat quite unhealthy and trying to eat healthier by doing meal prep is nice, of course, but I don’t try too hard. Maybe I should, maybe I will?

Oh and I also have a big heart for random things, so yeah whenever a cat or an app or a funny meme appears, that’s also ehm… part of this blog, I think 🙂

So now I’ll stop and we’ll see where this blog journey will take us, right?

Cheers,

Kessy

 

Ps. I think it’s nice to know the face of the author, so here’s a picture of me, feeling happy and photogenic before an All Time Low concert, haha. (unfiltered and actually unedited)

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