Memories…Do Not Open

If you’ve read a single one of my playlist posts, you know I love The Chainsmokers.  I started listening to them back in 2014, and I’ve kept up with them ever since.  In the first week of April, they released their first complete album, Memories…Do Not Open.  Needless to say, I stayed up until midnight to hear it upon release and I’m absolutely obsessed with it.  Last weekend, my friend Scout and I went to see them in Charleston on their Memories…Do Not Open tour and it was a show for the books.  I seriously had the best experience and today I’m thrilled to be recapping the concert for you!  I just want to let you know that the quality of my pictures and videos will not be as good quality usual due to the fact that cameras were not allowed in the concert, so everything was taken on my iPhone 7.  Also, I recommend watching all of the videos in HD, which you can do by clicking the “HD” button which is in the bottom right corner of the video next to the full screen button.  Enjoy!

10:00 – Scout’s mother, Scout, and her sister picked me up and we left for Charleston.  The trip was about three hours long and was filled with great naps and lots of music.

2:50 – Although doors weren’t supposed to open until 7:00PM and the concert didn’t start until 8:00PM, Scout and I got to the venue (North Charleston Coliseum) early because we purchased VIP soundcheck tickets.  These tickets gave us a VIP tag on a lanyard, an autographed poster, exclusive merchandise (a black beanie that said “MEMORIES” on the front and had The Chainsmokers’ logo on the other side), and of course access to The Chainsmokers’ soundcheck.  The check-in time for VIP was between 3:30PM and 4:30PM, but we knew we wanted to be among the first there.  While we waited to be let into the coliseum, we made small talk with other fans.

4:20 – Finally, a few security people came out and began to check our bags, tickets, and IDs before letting us into the coliseum.  This is when they gave us our VIP stuff mentioned above.  Once we were all checked in, we waited in the hall surrounding the arena to be let into soundcheck.  They were running behind schedule and it was a long time before they finally let us in, so Scout and I became friends with the three girls in front of us in line.  By the time we were finally allowed into the arena for soundcheck, you would’ve thought we all came together.

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6:20ish – The security team let us into the arena and all of the VIP people formed two rows in front of the barricade.  Drew and Alex (AKA The Chainsmokers, if you didn’t know their names) greeted us from the stage and then played “Young” and “Bloodstream.”  Scout and I brought in three posters that we made before the show, one saying “we love Drew” (with a heart in place of the word “love” and little red lights inside the heart), another saying “The Chainsmokers are ALL WE KNOW” in reference to their song, “All We Know,” and the last, larger one saying “Cheddar made us do it #round4” in reference to Alex’s dog, Cheddar, who has her own Instagram (linked here because she’s too cute and you need to check her out) and the fact that it was Scout’s fourth time seeing The Chainsmokers and my second.  Drew and Alex each commented on our posters from the stage, I specifically recall Drew saying “that Cheddar poster is everything” and asking if we made him a poster too (that’s when we held up the “we love Drew” poster).  After soundcheck, we were directed to a lobby-type area and were told we would be allowed back into the arena and have access to the merchandise table five minutes before the rest of general admission.  While five minutes might not seem like a lot, Scout and I knew that’s really the difference between the front of the floor and the back, so we were excited and formulated a plan; Scout gave me her money for a tee shirt (they were $35-$40 each, in case you were wondering if you’re going to one of The Chainsmokers’ other tour dates) and upon being allowed into the arena I would buy both of our tee shirts and she would take up as much room as possible as close to the center of the front row as possible.

7:11 – Although the whole VIP program ran a little behind schedule, they kept their promise and let us in five minutes before they opened the doors for the rest of general admission.  Scout booked it to the front of the arena and I bought tee shirts as fast as I could.  When I met back up with Scout, I found her just a few feet off the center of the front row next to the girls we had just become friends with.  Scout and I were overwhelmingly excited, I still can’t believe we managed to get in the front row.  After the security staff came around and taped the barricade where each piece connected, we tore off tiny pieces of the tape and taped two of our posters onto the barricade.  We were half expecting someone to get mad at us for having posters and taping them, but the only guy who said anything to us just told us it was cool.  I’m pretty sure the only reason we were able to get in with posters was because we came in for soundcheck and while the venue prohibited posters, they were allowed for soundcheck and they never had us go through any kind of security between soundcheck and our actual entry.  We kept the big Cheddar poster rolled up because it took up too much room to fit on the barricade, plus we wanted Drew and Alex to recognize us when we held it up again.  After taping our posters, we talked about what we were most excited for while we waited for the openers.

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8:10ish – The first opener, k?d (pronounced “kid”) came out.  k?d is an upcoming DJ and was a great start to the night.  He had some great mixes and I had listened to him briefly before the concert, so I knew a couple of his original songs (my favorite is “Discover” featuring RKCB, you should totally check it out).

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9:00 – I was so excited about the second opener, Kiiara (you might recognize her as the girl that sings “Gold” and “Heavy” with Linkin Park) and she did not disappoint.  I’ve been listening to her music for about a year now and seeing her live just made me love her even more.  She sang every song she has, my favorites being “Hang up tha phone” and “Feels.”  Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that when she moved to the area of the stage directly in front of me during “Hang up tha phone” she waved at me (I know, I’m a total fangirl but it was so cool for me)!

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9:52 – The Chainsmokers started the show with a funny little skit in which Drew is alone, pacing on the stage and “texting” Alex (the texts are projected on the screen behind Drew) about where he is since because the show is starting.  After the skit, Drew returned to backstage and soon after the duo rose to the stage and opened with “The One.”  Like I said before, the concert was a great experience.  I was unsure how their concert would be in comparison to their concert I attended last April at Wake Forest, before Drew started singing and before they released an album that seems a lot less like EDM than their previous singles, but it was better than anything I had imagined.  We saw them front row and their whole production was insane.  Their special effects included many cool set features (like floating platforms and a temporary staircase), fire, confetti, and steam.  They had an EDM set, but Drew also sang a lot.  My favorite songs were “Break Up Every Night,” “Young,” “Honest,” “All We Know,” “My Type,” and “Roses” (I know, a lot of favorites, but it’s so hard to choose)!  Emily Warren, who cowrites a ton of their songs and is featured in three of their songs, toured with them, so she sang her parts in all of the songs she’s featured in and filled in for many of the female parts.  In one of the last songs, Drew came off the stage and walked through the area between the stage and barricade, high-fiving the front row on the way over and on the way back to the stage (including me)!  Drew also waved to Scout and I a few times throughout the show (I even managed to get one time on video, watch to the end of my clip of “Roses” to see)!  Throughout the concert I obviously took a ton of pictures and videos, so I’ve included some below.  They closed with “Last Day Alive” and a ton of confetti, the perfect ending to an incredible performance.

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11:40 – Once the concert ended, Scout and I bolted out of the coliseum to wait by their buses in hopes of meeting Drew and Alex since we saw on Twitter and Instagram that they had met fans by their tour buses after the two previous shows.  While we were there, we met their new drummer, Matt McGuire!  As we waited in anticipation of Drew and Alex coming out, Scout and I talked about how great the opening act, Kiiara, was and how happy we were to hear her live.  A man behind us overheard us and began to make smalltalk with us about her.  Finally, he told us that he was her tour manager and asked if we wanted to meet her… of course we said yes!  He pulled out his phone and called her, then about ten minutes later she came off of her bus and we got to meet her! We waited for Drew and Alex for a little longer before finally calling it quits and walking back over to our hotel (which was basically connected to the coliseum).

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Okay, so this next part didn’t technically happen at the concert, but it’s definitely worth mentioning.  At the very beginning of The Chainsmokers’ set, I unrolled our “Cheddar made us do it” poster and held it up.  A photographer in the space between the barricade and the stage took a picture of Scout and I with it.  Scout and I, being the crazy fans that we are, already knew the majority of The Chainsmokers’ photographers and didn’t recognize this guy, so I assumed it was for some Charleston newspaper article or something and didn’t think much of it.  Sunday morning, on the drive back, I began to look online for the picture but was unable to find any articles on The Chainsmokers’ concert in Charleston.  I gave up and pretty much forgot about it.  Around noon, I was watching The Chainsmokers’ Instagram story and was shocked to find the picture of Scout and I with the Cheddar poster on their story!  There was also a picture of the crowd with Scout and I at the front center which I didn’t even notice until Scout told me.  In case you don’t believe me, I’ve included the full screenshot of one of the pictures on their story plus the cropped version of both pictures.

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If you’re interested in shopping my outfit for the concert all the pieces (or similar pieces) are linked here:

top // bralette // skirt (similar) // sandals (similar) // necklace // watch (similar) // beaded bracelets // ring // giving key bangle

As you can tell, I had an incredible time at The Chainsmokers’ concert.  If they’re coming to a city near you, you need to go (look at their tour dates and buy tickets here).  This night is an experience I’ll remember for a lifetime.  Thanks for reading!

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Music Midtown 2016

If you’ve read any of my concert posts, you’ve probably figured out that I love live music.  Over the summer, I came across the Music Midtown 2016 lineup and absolutely fell in love with it.  Everything about it seemed perfect; it was on a Saturday and Sunday this year (which meant that I didn’t have to miss any school), Atlanta is only a two hour drive from my mom’s house, the tickets were very reasonably priced, and the lineup was honestly irresistible.  After a ton of begging and working around the house to raise the money, I convinced my mom to take me, my little sister, and my friend, Scout, to Music Midtown.

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We attended Music Midtown the weekend of September 17th and 18th.  This was my first music festival and overall I had a phenomenal experience, despite the storm (and evacuation) on Sunday.  If you live anywhere near Atlanta, you should definitely look into Music Midtown next year.  There are very few music festivals in the southeastern United States and Music Midtown did not disappoint!  There were a variety food venders (I have to say I was impressed by the humongous and delicious pizza slice I had on Sunday), an artist signing shack (that’s where I met Daya), and aside from the rain delay/evacuation Sunday afternoon most of the performance times ran according to schedule.  I realize there’s no way for me to possibly sum the festival up by writing about it the way I usually write about concerts, so I decided to make a video instead.  I haven’t made a video like this for you all before, so I’d love it if you’d leave me some feedback in the comments if you like it!  I recommend watching it in HD by clicking the “HD” next to the full screen button in the bottom right of the video.  Enjoy!

The video in this post was created using iMovie and all of the clips were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and a EF-S 18-55mm lens.  The song used is East of Eden (Carousel Remix) by Zella Day.

Here’s a list of the artists we saw/are featured in the video:

Zella Day // DNCE // Leon Bridges // G-Eazy // ColleGrove (Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) // Twenty Øne Piløts // Daya // Melanie Martinez // GROUPLOVE // Kesha

I’ve also included some highlight pictures from the festival below!  On Saturday, we made our way to the front row for G-Eazy and DNCE.  We met Daya (sweetest person ever, by the way) and got to fulfill our middle school dreams of seeing Ke$ha (who has apparently dropped the $ in her name) on Sunday.

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Thanks for reading!  Again, let me know if you like the video in the post and I might do more of my travel posts this way!  Also if you have any questions about Music Midtown or festivals in general, feel free to email me at apocketfuloffaithblog@gmail.com, I’d love to chat about it!

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Delirium

Hey guys!  If you know me personally (or have just been reading my posts for a while) you know that I have a love for music, so attending concerts is one of my favorite things to do.  A couple nights ago, June 9th, I went to see Ellie Goulding in Charlotte with my stepmother and Mattie, one of my close Ellie Goulding-loving friends, as a birthday party/gift from my parents (my actual birthday is June 12th.)  I had an incredible time, so today I’m sharing the experience with you through pictures, stories, and videos of Ellie’s performance (featuring my screaming.)  Enjoy!

Here are the links for my outfit:

dress // necklace // bracelets (here, here, and here) // cross body (no longer available in the color shown)

4:30  – We arrived in Charlotte, with half an hour to kill before The Melting Pot opened for dinner.  We ventured into a consignment store nearby that had some really cute pieces and incredible deals – I found a large brown leather Tory Burch bag for just $90!  At 5:00 we left the consignment store and went into The Melting Pot, my absolute favorite restaurant,  for dinner.  We had a cheese course with mozzarella, pizza sauce, basil, and garlic that was a special and the Flaming Turtle chocolate course, which had dark chocolate, candied pecans, and caramel.

6:45ish – We arrived at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater.  After parking and going through security, we went to the lawn and found a spot with a good view to spread our blankets and hang out before the concert began.  Once we were settled, Mattie and I found the bathrooms and bought a concert tee and some water.  We explored the amphitheater a bit and found that we could stand by the gate to the concession area to get a better view without getting in trouble.  We stayed in that spot until the end of the opening act.  Matt and Kim opened for Ellie and they were awesome!  I have to admit, I only know a few of their songs, but they were hilarious and they put on a great show.

8:15 – Matt and Kim left the show and the intermission before Ellie’s performance began.  At this time, a few drunk ladies got in front of us by the gate.  It was then that Mattie and I realized that we’d rather be a little further from the stage than experience the concert with a stranger’s hair in our faces.  We walked along the lawn searching for a nice place to view the stage, and low and behold, there was just enough room for two people to stand at the almost exact center of the very front of the lawn.  We quickly took this spot and I am so glad we took that chance leaving the gate!  The sun was setting, the weather was perfect, and our view was great (see below, no zoom)!

8:52 – Ellie Goulding rose to the stage, the crowd went wild.  Ellie is even better live than she is on record.  This concert was absolutely phenomenal, I had the best time.  My favorite moment was when she sang “Lost and Found” (one of her more underrated songs from the Delirium album) acoustically.  Towards the end, Ellie left the stage, and the whole crowd was screaming for an encore.  Ellie returned with a colorful, sparkly jacket and sang “Anything Could Happen” and “Love Me Like You Do.”  I’ve inserted quite a few videos below (I filmed them on Snapchat, so they’re short and grainy), please excuse our screaming/screeching and try to enjoy Ellie as much as I did!

10:36 – After the encore, the concert ended with gold confetti and bright green spotlights.  Mattie and I salvaged some confetti to take home and took one last picture before leaving the amphitheater.

The concert was such a great experience, if Ellie is coming to a city near you, you should go!  It’s worth every penny and going with a friend is an absolute blast.  Also, if you haven’t listened to the Delirium album yet, you should definitely give it a listen!  Delirium is one of my favorite albums ever and hearing it live just makes me love it that much more.

Thanks for reading!

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1989

As you probably already know if you follow me on Instagram, a few weeks ago I got the chance to go see one of my favorite people, Taylor Swift, live in Atlanta.  I’ve been listening to Taylor since I was around five years old and she has gotten me through more than anyone would ever understand.  1989 is by far my favorite album she has ever released, and when my mom told me she bought tickets to the concert back in November of last year, I was ecstatic.  After the long wait, 1989 was everything I had hoped for and more, and I’m so excited that I finally have the time to tell you all about it today!

11:00ish – My family doesn’t live in Atlanta, so we made the drive down that morning.  Needless to say, the ride there was one long jam session with my mom and little sister.

2:00 – We finally arrived in Atlanta then got settled into our hotel room and got dressed for the concert.  Weeks ahead of time, we purchased some plain white tee shirts that I then painted with lyrics from Taylor’s song, “Style.”  I wore my tee with a cobalt paper bag skirt from J.Crew and white converse, my little sister picked out a pair of white polka-dotted black pixie jeans and some metallic flats, and my mom paired hers with red jeans and brown flats.  Once we had our outfits assembled, we accessorized with some of our favorite Bourbon and Boweties bangles and I wrote Taylor Swift lyrics down each of our arms in Sharpie.  We then packed our purses and checked the light on our signs.  Finally, after almost a full year of anticipation, we were about to see Taylor Swift for the third time.

5:00 – We got to the show a couple hours early so we would have time to get in, go to the different booths around the arena, go to the bathroom, buy tee shirts, and find our seats without worrying about time before the show began.  When we got to our seats, we found little plastic and rubber bracelets taped to our seats.  Later in the night, directions on how to use the bracelets flashed onto the jumbotrons; we had to pull out a small slip of plastic to activate them, then they flashed in different colors throughout the show to the beat of the songs.  Our seats were a couple rows above the floor, and we had a great view!

7:00 – Shawn Mendes walked onstage as the first opening act.  He sang all of our favorites like “Stitches,” “Life Of The Party,” and “Something Big,” as well as a few covers (including “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s, the main reason I almost lost my voice before Taylor even came out.)  After Shawn finished, Vance Joy came out.  He sang “Riptide,” “Mess Is Mine,” and many more that the whole stadium knew by heart.  When Vance walked off, there was an intermission before Taylor came on that lasted about twenty minutes.  I inserted some clips below, and I’m apologizing ahead of time for my voice and the camera quality.  The jumbotrons played through some Taylor trivia and behind the scenes clips from her music videos as the crowd of over 50,000 waited the final minutes of our eleven month wait.

9:00 – Finally, the lights grew dark again, the crowd’s bracelets began to glow, and the loud, techno beats of “Welcome To New York” began to play.  When I saw Taylor walk on the stage, I almost started crying.  This was my family’s third time seeing Taylor in concert, and the feeling of excitement that takes place throughout the concert never goes away.  I’ve never screamed so loudly or danced so freely in front of strangers.  Once again, I inserted clips below, but be warned, my singing/screaming is really loud and it’s not the prettiest sound.  So feel free to say “ew, I can’t stand the sound of Faith’s cracking voice another second,” or look past my voice and listen to Taylor, or do what my friends did and watch them repetitively and make fun of my voice, whatever works for you.

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Taylor closed with “Shake It Off,” and after the show my family went back to our hotel.  It was without a doubt one of the best nights of my life.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my time with Taylor!

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