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I celebrated the fifth day of a new year with London-based musicians, Bastille. This foreshadows a great, great year ahead. Months ago, I’d been wanting to catch them live at Reading or Leeds Music Festival, but due to conflict of schedule, I was unable to.

Imagine my glee when Karpos Multimedia announced last year that they would bring them to Manila this 2015! I love how Karpos always brings in the New Year with a great musical act! Last year it was Phoenix, and this year, it was Bastille.

The concert caravan arrived at the World Trade Center just in time for the gates to open.  Carla, Monica, and I were welcomed with an arctic blast as we entered the back entrance of the venue. I regretted wearing shorts because of this, but it later proved to be a good decision. As soon the jumping began, it got hot and sweaty.

Excitement was everywhere! There were fans that purchased merchandise, immediately sporting their Bastille tees, others who posed by the Spinnr booth that let them imagine a meet & greet with the band, only it was a life-sized card board poster. Once the gates opened, people were rushing toward the entrance, hoping to get a good spot from the stage. And guess what? We were one of the lucky ones! Barricade, baby(!!!) The last time I had this great a view was during Boys Like Girls circa 2010. *fist pump*

I felt the adrenalin rush through me as soon as the band came out. I couldn’t believe they were here!

You know how some artists can’t quite capture the way they sound on their CD? Well, Bastille gave an exceptional show. My ears were in music heaven. Bastille’s powerful performance gave me the chills. They sounded better live. I was overwhelmed with the mixture of emotions that I felt coming from the stage.

Dan Smith was a charming host and vocalist, who engaged the crowd. He had his signature hip-hop style of fist-pumping, and even jumped off stage at one point during the show. At first I was wondering why everyone was rushing to the left side of the mosh pit, and realized they were running after Dan. Haha!

It was a crazy, fun night that was perfectly capped with raining confetti as Bastille concluded their performance with Pompeii. Bastille’s show makes my heart ache every time I think about how amazing they were; how I wish I could live in the moment forever.

EDIT: If you would like to read my review for PhilippineConcerts.com, click on ze link! 🙂

To my concert friends who attended the show, what was your favorite part of the night?? Sometimes I still find myself looking at #BastilleinManila photos on Instagram to relive the night. Haha!



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Izzy launched Days in Wonderland as an avenue for avid music fans and travel bugs to find inspiration. Days in Wonderland features concert photos and write-ups, song suggestions, interviews and travel guides.

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