Tuesday, May 10, 2011

SOS 4.8

Asphalt coated in a layer of cigarette butts and sweat. Speakers blasting bass for 12 hours straight. An entire colony of filthy port-o-potties. More kebab and churro stands than you can count. Free (yes, FREE) bumper cars.

So yeah, SOS 4.8 music festival was pretty awesome. Joakim and I took a 3 1/2 hour bus ride to Murcía (province in southeast Spain) in order to see The Kooks at 7:45 because the others in the car weren't leaving until later. And boy howdy, did those British boys put on a great show.

Shortly after we saw them, we watched the composer Yann Tiersen perform. He wrote the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning French film Amelie. He was wonderful!

Then, we were able to meet up with the group. Fernando, Alex, Chelsea, Brandon, Natasha, Charlotte, Majd, Manu, Georgie, Pauline, Alberto, Miguel and other friends. We all watched MGMT together which was just plain good. I've loved MGMT for a while. They never fail to raise your mood, you know?

After MGMT, we saw the house music group The Bloody Beetroots and Steve Aoki (from LA). It was time to DANCE. From 2:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. to be precise. And dance we did:

The next day we got up around 3 p.m. and snacked at the apartment/hotel we rented until we were back on the road, Subway sandwiches in hand (first in almost 9 months) and ready for Day 2 of the festival. First up, The Editors. A post-punk revival band, also from England. Their performance was surprisingly really good.

Then we took a pause and listened to Suede as we all had a bit of a pow-wow. Typical image from the festival:

Then we bolted it to the bumper cars once we found out they were "GRATIS," or in English, "FREE." We all harnessed our inner-12-year-olds and mobbed each other in the course. It was freaking awesome.

Overall, incredible trip. I'll leave you with this disgusting shot of a McDonald's parking lot 300 meters from the fairgrounds:


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