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London – Day 2: WT and Delain Concert

October 22, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tickets

(See my earlier post for background). Getting tickets to a concert in England is not easy. The concert was not sold out, so I attempted to order through Ticketmaster UK. However, it appears you can’t do that without an actual UK address! So I ordered through See Tickets, since they are supposed to be reputable. Did I get the ticket? Yes. Would I do it again? Unlikely. I did not receive the ticket until about 1 week before the concert!

Getting There

While I picked my hotel in part based on how easy it would be to get to Wembley Arena, it was still something of an ordeal. Doors opened at 6pm and the concert was at 7:30. The travel misadventures on the way to Windsor put me far behind schedule and I did not arrive back at the hotel until after 6. I could have gone directly to the concert, but did want to have to check my camera bag (if I even could). Because I was across the street from Victoria Station, there is a handy line of cabs waiting to whisk you away to your destination. This seemed like a good choice. Unfortunately, the cabbie didn’t want to take me! I needed to be at Wembley Arena. I think he thought I wanted to be a Wembley Stadium and he said something like there wasn’t a point since the game was already over. What? Rather than berating this clueless person who doesn’t know the city better than I do, I decided to just take the Tube. Yes, I was annoyed.

Wembley Arena

Wembley Arena

There are two lines that go to Wembley Park station: Jubilee and Metropolitan, neither of which go to Victoria. So I took the Victoria line one stop to Green Park and from there I got on Jubilee. Which wouldn’t move! I’m not sure, but I think the other trains were running behind, causing this one to be late. It was rush hour after all. I decided to take a chance and wait it out rather than find a new route. After maybe 5 or 10 minutes we finally got moving, but still got delayed a few more times on the way. Now I don’t remember exactly what the details were, but it was announced that Jubilee would not be stopping at Wembley Park. When I saw the people across from me look up in surprise, too, I knew I understood correctly. (They were obviously going to the concert, decked out in black). I checked the map and found a station where I could transfer to Metropolitan. This actually worked out better because Metropolitan has fewer stops.

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

Finally arriving at Wembley Park, I walked to the arena very fast (it’s not a short walk). Sure enough, there were many people coming out of the stadium so apparently a game had just finished. At the arena, I dug out my ticket, the guy scanned it, and… it turned red! Red is bad. I had never actually believed this would work, so I wasn’t too disappointed. But then he did something to the scanner, redid it, then it turned green! Hallelujah! It might have been that different types of tickets have to be scanned differently. It was 7:45 by now and the music was blasting so loud, I actually thought, “Do I really want to open these doors?”. But I did. It was very dark inside, so thankfully an usher was there to show me to my seat. I could finally relax and enjoy the concert!

Made it!

Made it!

Delain performed for about 45 minutes, followed by Within Temptation. I found a set list online and discovered I only missed Delain’s intro since I came in during Go Away (one of my favorites). There was an intermission between the two acts and I took the chance to finally eat and grabbed a hotdog and beer. The lines were too long to purchase any merchandise, so I went back to my seat and took the chance to actually look around what I had walked into. What surprised me most was the audience. I had expected a group of people half my age. But all generations were there, from kids to people 30 years older than me. FYI, I don’t think I’ve been to a concert since 1995, when Eagles came to Austin.

Inside Wembley Arena

Inside Wembley Arena

The arena is not that big and even though I was about 3/4 back, the seat was still good. My Sony RX100 M2 doesn’t zoom far, but it does darkness well, so I actually got some decent photos. I thoroughly enjoyed the concert. My only complaint was several songs where the backing vocals were used instead of an actual person. This was actually disappointing for Paradise, which is a duet with Tarja. Since she wasn’t there, I expected Charlotte Wessels from Delain to sing the part, but she didn’t. Overall, I think I actually preferred Delain, even though they were just the opening act; if you can call it that since it was so long.

Within Temptation takes the stage

Within Temptation takes the stage

Afterwards, the merchandise lines were still long, but the members of Delain were out wandering around signing autographs and available for photos. This was pretty informal, so when Charlotte showed up there was a small mob trying to get a photo with her. I didn’t make it before security escorted her out. A random concert note: earplugs. I only had some normal cheap ones and they completely muffle the higher notes. Not pleasant. After I got back home, I purchased some re-usable Rock N Roll HEAROS at Guitar Center based on a co-worker’s recommendation. These worked great for the Lindsey Stirling concert we went to in July.

One of my favorite photos of the night.

One of my favorite photos of the night.

By then the lines were cleared out, so I got a poster and CD set. The poster was a bad idea. It was a pain to carry around doesn’t fit in the luggage :P I got a hot chocolate (it was pretty cool by then) and started the long walk back to the station with the few remaining concert-goers. And that was end of it. It was an awesome experience and I’m glad I did it, but I don’t think I need to do it again. Photos are available in the gallery.

Concert over

Concert over

If you are interested in reading actual reviews of the concert with real photos, try Ghost Cult Magazine or Myglobalmind. I do not really understand why these types of sites cover these bands; Within Temptation and Delain are both symphonic rock, not metal, IMO.

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