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As we all waited in line to go into the concert there was a thrill of
excitement in the air. ! was standing there with two of my friends when
we saw a few other people we knew. ¨ Hey, come over here!" !
bellowed. Three tall gothic boys slouched over to us. As we were talking
the line started to move in an uneasy shuffle. We neared the entrance,
where a tall bouncer with a voice that rumbled like thunder was
standing. He asked for our tickets and in unison we passed them to
him. He checked our tickets, nodded a curt nod and let us through.
The only light in the room came from onstage and there were only
about 20 people in the mosh pit. Surrounding the mosh pit were metal
bars, then a few steps. To the back there was a balcony curving around
the room and then under that there were all the merchandising stalls.
We wandered into the mosh pit; we were only a few metres away from
the stage. There was a hum of voices as more people filed in. After 15
minutes people were starting to get frustrated because nothing was
happening. Suddenly there was activity onstage and the lights dimmed
the first support band, Slam Cartel came on. The mosh pit went wild,
jumping, pushing and head-banging. !n all this chaos ! suddenly felt out
of breath, we all clambered out of the pit and onto the steps.
One of my friends kept asking me if ! was ok and ! said that ! felt really
out of breath and had a sharp pain in my chest. We came to the
conclusion that ! had probably cracked a rib. Surprisingly it didn't
actually hurt that much! By this time Slam Cartel had finished their set.
After a few minutes we went over to merchandising stand and Slam
Cartel were all standing there and talking. We went over to them and
we got their autographs and ! got a hug from the lead singer and a
cheek-to-cheek kiss from the guitarist! When we were standing there
talking to them the second support band, Elviss came on. None of us
liked them so we just stayed where we were! Eventually Elviss were
bottled offstage. The bassist in Elviss came over to us and because my
friend fancied him we got his autograph as well. No one wanted it
We walked back near the mosh pit but only stood at the side; !nNe
weren't coming on for a while so everyone was all walking around.
There were a few people who started crowd surfing, just to annoy the
security. !m not sure why they wanted to do that, ! wouldn't irritate a
block of flats! Someone blew up a balloon as well, and everyone was
hitting it and it was bouncing around like a excited toddler. Roadies
were coming on and offstage to test the equipment and half the crowd
decided to through plastic bottles at them. We were all starting to get
slightly bored. Then the lights dimmed for the last time.
! jumped into the mosh pit, with my friends followi ng just as !nNe
started up. This is the band we had all been waiting for. This is when
the real sprit of the crowd releases into a surge of jumping and
screaming. Dave (the lead singer) wasn't really singing the song, the
crowd was. All the words were sung back as we hung onto his every
word. The people at the front, with their arms grabbing thin air, were
only trying to grab the essence of the band. The first song finished and
he said what a great audience we were. Full of energy and power. Ny
rib was throbbing slightly but it was worth it. The next song started up,
this was one of the ones with real force and distortion, which led to
more energy and power.
Through out the whole night ! kept that energy. By the twelfth song,
which was the last ! still could feel the atmosphere, the pride and the
gratitude. We were just happy to be in their presence. For the last song
the whole crowd moved together in a bizarre, alternative dance. When
it came to the chorus, Dave stopped singing and everyone in the room
sung the chorus back. ! felt the unity with everyone in that room
although ! hardly knew any of them. The song ended. The night was
over. Dave thanked us and smiled. ¨! love all of you! Remember that
you are your own person and no one could ever change that." He
walked offstage. The first people started leaving the hall. ! looked at my
friends and grinned. The night was one to be remembered ! thought to
myself as we left the concert and went outside.