Brave The Waves

Aug 29

FYF Fest 2014: Day Two

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Ryan Hemsworth

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Thundercat

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Despite all the post fest warm and fuzzy feels, Day One of FYF Fest actually began with a gruelling two-hour wait outside the venue that killed everyone’s buzz by the time we got in. I was lucky that my friends’ default setting was chill, so we were able to bounce back from that roadblock, and make the most out of it. Still, we missed a few acts that we wanted to watch, got a bit wary, and tried to not expect too much on Day Two.

It seemed that the team behind the festival went all out to turn things around though, because this time, we got through the gates in 5 minutes! While we were rushing to catch some of our fave artists the previous day, sprinting from one area to another (sometimes panting); the vibe on Sunday was more relaxed.

Even if it didn’t make up for the fact that the line up on Day One was heftier, so missing out on some bands was disappointing…I was relieved that we finally had the chance to take our time, hang at the beer gardens in between sets (God, Blood Orange’s tunes were so sexy), and enjoy the view. It didn’t hurt that I received the greatest surprise that night: Haim totally slayed it onstage.

I wasn’t a fangirl before, but after watching them shred their instruments live, I became a convert. Dare I say—their energy level outstripped The Strokes’? Perf way to cap off one of the most amazing weekends of my life.

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Les Sins

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Blood Orange

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Haim

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The Strokes

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Brave the waves,

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Aug 26

Day One: FYF Fest 2014

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Little Dragon

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Rane, Danica, JV

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To the Beer Garden!

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If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be able to catch Interpol perform live, I would have probably just laughed it off. I first heard their songs when Pandora was available in the Philippines for the briefest of moments, and I was still a junior in Ateneo, struggling with dial up Internet speed levels. And I remember thinking that before Interpol popped up on my feed, I had no idea that my ears could be surprised. That, separate from my body, they solely tingled, warmed up, and experienced being startled. 

And then the past weekend happened, and when they played “C’mere,” if my ears had tear ducts—they would have wept.

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Phoenix then followed their act, and as the main headliner, didn’t hold back from giving it all that they had. Thomas Mars (!!!) announced that it was going to be the last performance of their tour before they worked on their new album. It was pure heart, and like their Manila set earlier this year (Pause. I cannot believe how it’s possible in this lifetime for me to watch them twice in the same year, still not over it!), each song, stunning visual, and segue had a purpose, and was part of a narrative.

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Because all defenses were down at this point, I cried (again!) when “Sunskrupt!” came on. I think it says a lot in our wired world today, with Internet running as fast as the speed of light—being able to lose oneself completely, giving up the choice to document a moment, even for just a few minutes? Achievement unlocked. 

What elevated the whole experience for me was the company I was with—my friends there were all awesome, thoughtful, and full of good vibrations. And it was amazing how, even when we were there in the music festival together, when a song would mean something to us, we got to retreat into our own space, and were present in each moment. This was just Day One; I had to steel my heart for Day Two.

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Brave the waves,

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Aug 20

FYF Fest This Weekend!

Christmas came early! All my past selves are awkwardly dancing around naked, alone in the bedroom, putting all my favorite bands on loop. High five, teen years—it all leads up to this moment, and it does get better. 

Powering through all the papers and presentations that I’m working on this week…the finish line has never looked this mouthwatering. Dying, crying, trying to invent a device that will make time go by faster!

Brave the waves,

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