Hot Long haired men and Cellos = Heaven

Trip Start Jun 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 05, 2012

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Apocalyptica, Michael Munroe, Nightwish

Flag of Finland  , Western Finland,
Saturday, July 7, 2012

The anticipation is killing me, I have my game plan, I have sharpened the points of my elbows and I am ready to rumble...  Aim to get front row of Apocalyptica...

Another surprisingly good nights sleep, wake up at 10am, breakfast of champions and Im ready to Rock!! 

I have lunch at the Sushi buffet, if you're only going to have one real meal for the day this was a great one to have. 

First buses are at 2pm.  Apocalyptica are on at 5.45pm.  I have not gone through the torturous 12 hours wait at the airport with minimal sleep to be beaten now.

I get one of the first buses and powerwalk my way to the venue, who knew my little legs could carry me so fast, Marathon runners at the Olympics watch out!  Paula I should have taken your pedometer although the milage I've done may have broken it!

I arrive around 3pm, the first band PALEFACE are just about to take to the stage and when I hear that it is Finnish rap, I make a quick exit, there is after all an hour and a half between when Paleface finish and Apocalyptica start, I can take out any young girls who get to the front row before me!

Its pretty warm out so I head to the bar like a good Finnish girl and get myself an Alcoholic Lemonade.  There is a 2 deposit so if you give the can back you get 2 back.  When I go to return my can they ask if I want another drink instead... noooo I think one is lethal enough!

Time check - It's 2.30pm, Paleface should be finishing shortly and I wait by the side of the tent for them to finish and the crowd to exit left.  Sure enough they leave pretty quickly and what do I see before me but open expanse of stage and front row railings, with only 3 girls standing there.  I quickly pick my target a girl just slightly right of the middle by herself and go in for the kill.  I ask innocently enough, are you here for Apocalyptica she answers in English and asks how do I know she's not Finnish, she's Italian, I answer that I am Australian and she said she thought my English was amazing for a Finnish girl.  Turns out she has been chasing Apocalyptica all over Finland the last few weeks, she lives and works in Turku and has met them numerous times.  Great choice of prey if you ask me!!!

We discuss the benefits of Finnish Festivals

1) the crowd being so polite and moving away from the stage after an act
2) the generous time that promoters give between sets 1 to 1 1/2 hours this allows the crowd time to evacuate and go see someone else
3) the decidely fantastic male long haired eye candy
4) the abundance of said eye candy offering free alcohol

It is only 15 or so minutes and Mikka comes out to sound check his drums, he is the girls favourite so while she is preoccupied I mark out my territory, perfect position, and I use my bag to keep a spot next to me, anticipating the slight squish to the stage when they arrive.

I take some photos of the stage and me and we begin the 10 minute increment countdown from 1 hour to go.  Not much to wait at all if you consider how long I have been waiting to see the band.

Apocalyptica come on stage and I nearly faint, I've come so far and they are so close and they look sexy as all hell.  Its an absolutely amazing gig.  It is a mix of instrumentals, guest vocalist songs, and cellos singing the melody and audience participation.  I must say one my favourites would have to be when the play Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters' I actually get so emotional I spontaneously cry.  To see the Youtube video (not mine but better sound) Paavo sees and smiles at me.  I video'd some of it excuse the poor sound and also my horrendous singing in the background but you get the drift.  The play for around an hour and I am transfixed the whole time, it is wonderful.

At the end we stick around for a short time talking, catching our breath and Paavo comes out, he speaks to me in Finnish and kisses my hand.  I tell him I don's speak Finnish I only speak Australian, he misconstrues it for Austrian, then we banter about how far it is and that I am enjoying the festival then leaves.  Now not to play favourites, he is very cheeky but he's not my top two Apocalypticans, I hope that Eicco or Perttu come out, but alas not. 

I review my photos glad with what I seem to have captured and then have a wander, and a trip to the toilet.  Amorphis is on another stage I catch a couple of their songs then I head down to the Blue Stage to wait for Michael Munroe.

I decide since I had so much luck with getting front stage for Apocalyptica I would try my luck for Michael Munroe, there is another band on beforehand called PMMP a Finnish singing dance act, I am about 5 row from the front and after about 3 songs I start to feel decidedly chlostrophobic and nausious.  Not sure if it the alcohol or the fact 20,000 Finns are singing at me and I feel squished, I feel like I am going to have a panic attack and try and make my way out but people don't seem to want to move.  It take me about 15 minutes to make my way out, it feels like ages and I feel decidely ill.  I take a rest on a hill in some grass and then realise its almost 9pm (damn you land of the midnight sun) and I haven't eaten since yesterday, unless you count the protein drink for breakfast!  I go find some food and some carbs and wait away from the crowd for around 30 minutes before Michael Munroe starts.

Again I put my game plan into action, and sneakily get second row behind a girl in a wheelchair, now there is no chance of getting squished as that would be inhumane if people behind pushed the wheelchair kid!!! I am to the right of the front but still a pretty good view.  It is Michael's 50th Birthday and he is in fine form!!! a real showman with boundless energy, doing splits and running around the stage like a mad-man.  I know about half of his stuff which I am pretty pleased with, if you are unfamiliar with the man he was the lead singer of Hanoi Rocks.

Around halfway through the set, his mum comes on stage, he is a Turku local (he is the featured in the Tourism picture for Kiss My Turku, posted earlier).  There is a video montage for Michael's birthday with Slayer, Slash, Alice Cooper, lots of artists from the festival

If you want to see the whole gig for Michael Munroe I found a link here

I haven't yet watched it through as I was there, but you never know I might just be on the video.

The highlights would have been my favourite song, Million Miles Away

At 1hr 8 minutes Apocalyptica come on stage and 1hr 15 minutes Mr Nasty Suicide joins them all for A Million Miles Away... brilliant

I then try and make my way out of the crowd to catch Nightwish, I think about 15 minutes of their set are already done.  They don't disappoint, I must say I do prefer some of their older stuff but its a great end of the night.

The walk home is a long one, as everyone seems to have stuck around, there are offers to join after parties but its been a VERY LONG DAY/NIGHT so when I get back to the bus station at 3am I decide that's it for me.

Its absolute chaos trying to get 40,000 people back by bus either to the centre of town or to the camp site.  It take almost an hour and there seems to be no order people pushing in, our line we have three buses go to other queues so we are waiting ages, me and two other girls decide to play aircraft controllers guiding the buses in and it works, I am home at around 4.30am and fall asleep pretty quickly.

An amazing day (I'll upload more photos soon, but here is a taste)

...wish you were here


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