I might make a longer post about this later, but: Anti-Fest was awesome.
Do you mean a specific band or just concerts in general?
I have been to seven big concerts:
2009: Die Toten Hosen
2011: Leningrad Cowboys
June 2012: Zoči Voči, Horkýže Slíže, Billy Talent
August 2012: Nofnog, Radio Havanna, Anti-Flag
October 2012: Arkells, Anti-Flag, Billy Talent
April 2013: Wham Bam Bodyslam, The Forum Walters, Radio Havanna, Authority Zero
April 2013: Choose Your Heroes, Pocket Rocket, Nations Afire
And if I also count the smaller shows of local bands, I have been to about 11 or 12 concerts. Thank you for the question :)
I met Nik and Chris of Nations Afire earlier this week.
(by the way, the concert was amazing!)
Is anyone of you guys going to the Itchy Poopzkid show in Graz (A) on 23rd March 2013?
I really would like to go but I have nobody to go with and I don’t want to go alone :\
So would anyone like to go with me?
Meet Andy: Vienna’s Show Correspondent
Finally, we were standing in the front of the stage, surrounded by thousands of other Billy Talent/Anti Flag/Arkells fans, who felt like a second family to us, and were waiting to rock off to the best goddamn band on this planet. At this moment I knew that I didn’t want to be anywhere else in the world, this was where I was supposed to be.
The background music faded out, the lights grew dark and Anti Flag stepped on stage. I can honestly say that I’ve never heard a crowd cheering that loud to welcome an opening act. I hadn’t never really listened much to Anti Flag’s music yet, all the more I was amazed by how freakingly awesome they were. Their songs were bursting with energy, their performance was thrilling and powerful and their music rocked the crowd so hard, many of us were already sweating and totally exhausted already after the first song. Speaking personally, the highlight of their show for me was the song “Die for your government”, which gave me goose bumps all over, also because it has been introduced by a shortcut of Charlie Chaplin’s last speech of his film “The Great Dictator”. Also, their two last songs “1 Trillion Dollars” and “This is the end (For you my friend)” have already advanced to one of my favourite songs. So if you’re still not familiar with Anti Flag make sure to check them out, you won’t regret it! I promise.
However, when Anti Flag left the stage, the crowd was warmed up as good as it could have been and everybody was looking forward to this one moment: Billy Talent entering the stage.
All tiredness, exhaustion and aches were washed away by a wave of energy as the band played the first few notes of “Lonely Road to Absolution”, for every single person in the hall knew that this song will be followed by one of their greatest songs so far. “Viking Death March”.
As the song started the whole crowd was jumping up and down, screaming or chanting and bursting with energy. I’ve never felt so much power in one crowd in any other concert.
I was in a trance-like mood for the next one-and-a-half hour repeatedly jumping, headbanging and enjoying the music. It was breath taking how incredibly great some of their new songs like “Love was still around” or “Surprise, Surprise” sounded live. Of course, I’ve expected a lot of their new songs, but my expectations were surpassed by far. However, the concert passed so fast, that nobody was expecting the band to leave the stage now, even though they came back just after a few minutes with the crowd chanting “Billy Talent” to play their last three songs. At this time my voice already got hoarse, my shirt was wet and the exhaustion has already started to creep back into my bones and though I was still impatiently waiting for my very favourite song “Red Flag” to be played I felt really sad, that the concert was coming to its end.
The last three songs were my favourite part of the concert, as everybody around me knew as well as me, that this was going to be the last few moments with our favourite band. That was why we gathered all of our energy left to scream as loud as possible, bang our heads back and forward or just jump right into the middle of the probably biggest mosh pit I’ve seen in my life. As the giant red flag was revealed behind the band it gave me one last boost of energy and with the voices of Ben and Justin, the front man of Anti Flag, combined the concert eventually came to its end. Ben held his last thank-you-speech, Aaron threw his sticks into the crowd and the band left the stage, leaving all of the people with memories of one of their greatest nights in their life.
I believe that I’m speaking for all of the other fans in the crowd when I say “Thank you Billy Talent for the last night!”
Again you’ve given us two hours of pure pleasure and a time that we’ll remember until we are old and grey. I hope you’ll keep your promise and come back as soon as possible. We love you!