Seeing Blink-182 Live!

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On Sunday 9th July, I got to achieve a dream that I never thought I could; I got to see Blink-182 live. Blink have been a band that I've been in love with since birth (pretty much) and I never thought I would ever be able to see them, but I did, and I would like to write a little bit about it all and share my experience with you. 



I honestly don't even know where to start. I guess I'll start with the fact that it was my boyfriend, Austin, who bought the tickets. He knew how much I wanted to go and he could see how sad I was that I couldn't (due to being poor af), so on the day that the tickets went on sale he got two to surprise me (best boyfriend ever, I know). And of course, we went to the show together.

Second of all, I'd like to acknowledge the fact that the Metro Radio Arena (where the concert was being held) seriously stepped up their security game. I'm sure everyone reading this will be well aware of the events that occurred in Manchester. I, like many, felt massive effect from it, emotionally that is. The news honestly broke my heart. And I'm not going to lie, I was a little frightened to go to the concert because of Manchester. But as soon as I arrived at the venue I knew it was going to be okay. If you know Metro Radio Arena then you'll know they've never really taken security too seriously, I've never been checked before going into a show, to be honest, all they really cared about was whether your ticket was real or fake. This time was different. There were multiple checks with metal detectors, there were police dogs, there were even policemen with guns so I knew that they were taking things very seriously. Everything was really thorough and it made me so relieved, so I'd like to say thank you to Metro Radio Arena for being so great and ensuring the safety and just a general peace at mind for everyone at the show.


Now I really don't know where to begin! I was way too excited on the day, I had been waiting so long I just wanted to get ready and go as soon as I woke up that morning. We left around 5pm so we could be there by 6pm when the doors opened. We were in block 101 so we weren't too far from the stage, we actually had an amazing view. While I was sitting in my seat I honestly felt as though I could cry, it was so surreal to be there knowing that I was about to see my favourite band.



Before the show started, Austin & I were just casually looking around, chatting and whatnot, when out of nowhere, Travis Barker's son, Landon, came out and started walking around the floor with his body guard! We were in shock! He's only 13 or something but I was so tempted to go over and ask him for a little pic (and ask him to tell his dad that I love him), I actually regret not going over to see him when I had the chance. That being said, I don't even think many people knew who he was, there were only a couple of people that talked to him and asked for a photo, which I was really shocked by. So the rest of the time before the show I basically had my eyes on him because I was so stunned.

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There were two support acts, the first being 'The Front Bottoms' and the second 'Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls'. They were both okay, not revolutionary, in my opinion. While The Front Bottoms were on, they had this little couch on the stage with them and for some reason there were two men (I'm assuming friends of the band) just sitting on this couch having a couple of beers while they played their set, weird. But then, Mark fucking Hoppus (not his real middle name obvs) came on stage and sat on the couch too! Ya know like it's no big deal. He sat there all calm and collected, reading, while this band performed. Again, I was just amazed. The emotions were running high, I was so happy. 

Frank Turner and his band were decent, I hadn't checked out either of the support acts music beforehand so I didn't really know what to expect. He did keep dropping the F-bomb though, kind of like an uncle that wants to be cool or something, I think he was trying to hype up the crowd, but it felt a little forced to me. And I will say that I think their set was way too long, they were on for about 30 minutes, probably longer, and I just felt as though it was way too long for a support act. Every time they sang a new song I thought it would be their last one and it wasn't, it kind of drained my energy instead of getting me hyped for Blink (which is why support acts are there). 

Then this happened...


And I was so bloody ready! As soon as that went up I couldn't control myself. I don't want to spoil the set list for anyone, so if you are interested in knowing what they played then I have a Spotify playlist which I'll link here.


As soon as the curtain dropped it was straight into the show! One thing I loved about the show was that there was no messing around, just pure music. There was the occasional 'I say' 'you say' thing, but that was just to warm the crowd in between songs.

I had heard so much mixed reviews about what Blink sound like live, some saying that they're amazing and some saying that they are horrible, I think every single person who said that they're bad live are either liars or deaf, they were INCREDIBLE. I will admit after watching the videos back, they don't sound as great on video as they do in person, so if you're watching videos on the internet thinking that you shouldn't bother because they don't sound too great, GIVE THEM A CHANCE! You have to see to believe how good they are live.


Another thing I also really loved about the show was the set list, they had songs that are old, classic and favourites but obviously they also had a great deal of songs off of their new album too, it was a really great mixture. Unfortunately they didn't play my all time fave song, Online Songs, but they did have a few songs from Take Off Your Pants and Jacket so I was really happy about that.

The crowd at the show was very different to the other shows that I've been to, and I have to say I preferred it. Other shows that I've been to include One Direction & 5SOS, as you can imagine, both crowds were basically made up of screaming, excited teenage girls. While that kind of crowd can be uplifting and thrilling, it does make you feel a little exhausted and considering I'm almost not-a-teenager anymore, I couldn't be arsed! This crowd was very different, since Blink have been around for a while, they have a very varied audience. There were both young and old at the show, and to be honest, it made the whole show a little more relaxed. I didn't feel the need to constantly sing, scream or even stand up which let's be real, no one can be bothered with all the time. And coming from someone with social anxiety, the whole thing was a lot more stress-free.


I'm quite sad that I was never able to see the 'original' group when Tom was in it, I always feel as though if you think of Blink-182, you think of Tom's voice. But Matt did an incredible job of singing his parts (if you didn't know any better, you honestly wouldn't be able to tell), I welcome him with open arms and I'm so happy and excited to see what the future holds for the band with him in it.

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Seeing Blink-182 live was one of my childhood dreams, and now that it's come true I can safely say it was one of the best nights of my entire life. Being in the same room as a band that I grew up listening to, cheering me up when I was sad, hyping me up when I was happy, it was emotional (I'm actually surprised that I didn't cry). I feel so grateful and lucky to have had this experience. Next on my list is to meet them! #ImComingForYouTravis  

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Thank you so much for reading (congrats if you made it to the end), leave me a comment down below telling me the best concert you've ever been to! If you liked this post, please make sure to share and follow!

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Caitlin x

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