El's English Adventure (featuring Green Day, The Horrors and much more!)

I went to Manchester to see Green Day on June 16. I queued in front of the gate from 6.30 am and met some very nice people that helped me pick up my ticket at the box office. I was really worried that they wouldn’t let me go back in the line, but luckily a security guard recognized me from the Italian flag I was wearing around my neck and let me back in.
When the gates opened, I ran as fast as I could and got at the front on Jason's side. Waiting for Green Day to come on stage was a bit boring, but time flew and soon there they were. The show was fantastic, as usual, and it lasted about three hours. At some point I saw a pick fall from the stage and yelled at the security guards to make them give it to me. They played a lot of old songs like Burnout and Nice Guys Finish Last. Even though it was my second time seeing them, I still managed to cry a bit towards the end.
After the show, we got our t-shirts then went home. The following day, I took a coach from Manchester to London. The coach driver looked like a walrus and he made me travel for free for part of the journey, after exclaiming "Oh, sod the ticket, just get on the bus!" In London I stayed at my uncle’s house. He’s a really nice guy and I had a fantastic time with him and his family.

On the 18th I went to see The Horrors at the Village Underground, having won the tickets in an online contest. Getting there was a real adventure, I got lost and took the wrong tube train at least three times; I tried asking people on the street if they knew where the place was, but the best answer I got was “I don’t know, but my friend said it’s on the right side of this street somewhere”.
I managed to finally find it at 10.30 and got in thinking I was really late, but luckily The Horrors started playing at 11. The show was supposed to be 18+ but nobody asked for my ID so I managed to get in. At some point I found an abandoned setlist on the stage and picked it up, later I got it signed by Josh and Rhys which was great! It was my second time seeing The Horrors, and it was amazing.

On the 19th I got up at around 1 pm because I was so tired from the night before. My uncle, who was at work, called me to ask if I was going to see Green Day at Wembley; I said I wasn’t, because I hadn’t got a ticket, but he told me to go and see if I could get one at the ticket office.
It took me about an hour to get to Wembley from his house. When I got there, I was told by the lady at the ticket office that they only had seats tickets left, so I asked the people who were queuing for the pit if anyone was selling a ticket and I was lucky enough to find one! I only had to wait in the queue for about two hours before they let us in and I couldn’t believe I was really there!
I managed to get at the end of the catwalk, in the Golden Circle, about 3rd or 4th row. I was really worried that I would get squished (me not being tall and everything) but as soon as Green Day got on stage I started jumping around like crazy and forgot about everything else. The played Waiting, which is my favourite song! It was a great show, again; I got in the wall of death, which was absolutely crazy. I usually don't mosh or do anything like that because I'm really small and I don't want to be killed, but it was too much fun to resist this time.
A girl next to me was crying during 21 Guns. She said "I got dumped and kicked out my house, but here I am, crying from happiness".

After the show, I went home, absolutely shattered, and when I woke up the morning after I started exploring London. I didn’t know where to start, so I simply got on the tube and got off at a random station, then walked around until I found an interesting place. This method proved successful, and I had a really good time wandering around London all by myself. I decided I definitely want to live there when I’m older, and/or marry an Englishman because they have the best accent ever. The weather was beautiful all the time, which is unusual for England apparently…
I went literally everywhere, from Camden Town (which I absolutely adore) to several beautiful parks (St. James' Park, Regent's Park) to the TARDIS. In general, I had a great time and I was really sad when I had to come back to Rome.

This is basically it, I apologize for it being so long, I tried to make it as short as possible... Thanks for reading!
Posted on June 25th, 2010 at 12:14pm


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