Much to the pleasure of Derry/Londonderry/whatever-ye-want-derry, BBC Radio 1 announced that their next big weekend of top music acts would be held in our own city of culture. At that, the city was injected with a cocktail drug of anticipation, excitement and pumping adrenaline.
For weeks before the event, there was exhaustive chat of 'Who was playing?', 'How are we going to get tickets', and I, like many, conversed in these, what seemed like, renactments of ancient and highly esteemed counsel talks over the fate of the city.
On the morning when the tickets were released I, like everyone, sat and tried to guarantee myself a golden ticket. However, and again like many, I didn't get any...not one.
I was disappointed, but I was pacified by my principle of utter determination to get what I want, an ethos that has never failed me in the past.
To cut a long story short I bagged myself the divine privilege of being part of the 'Press'on the Saturday of the event and an 'Access All Areas' on the Sunday.
Saturday was a day filled with established bands with a eclectic sound reminiscent of the Rock N 'Roll Gods that preceded them.
This was my outfit
As the day progressed the weather deteriorated, but I was lovingly given this waterproof jacket.
The beautiful Jameela Jamil
Paul the security guard and my new friend
Two Door Cinema Club
Cupcakes I mauled
Sunday was my favourite day as my 'Access All Areas' pass got me backstage when it suited me to see the acts when they came off stage. I wanted to meet Jared Leto from '30 Seconds to Mars' again and 'Danny' from 'The Script'. I wasn't too bothered about the other acts if I'm honest. I spent most of the time out in the main arena soaking up the jovial atmosphere with my friend, Nadine.
After a rockin' performance from '30 seconds to Mars' I met Jared Leto.
My friend Nadine and I
My outfit for Sunday, I was honoured to be snapped for a photo with 'Sugahfix' style spotter earlier in the day.
My waterproof outfit
I later was blown away by the final performance of the entire event. Bruno Mars gave an amazing show whilst the fireworks illuminated the skyline of my city, a proud moment felt by all.
My boots at the end of the weekend
I had a magnificent time, and my body is still reverberating from the complete buzz of the event.
Thank you Radio 1.
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