Hey there, Sparklers! 🙂
I have a nice little story-type thing for you today! On Sunday I went to see Ed Sheeran, but as always, nothing is ever plain-sailing for me. So, as you can probably guess, I’m gonna tell you exactly what happened. Hope you enjoy!!
Now, before I jump right into the Ed Sheeran side of things, I was also supposed to be meeting Oli White. (For those of you who don’t know him, he’s a YouTuber and author with over 2 million fans). I had it tattooed on my brain that I would be meeting Oli on the Monday. But when I woke up Sunday morning, I saw on twitter that he had tweeted “last day of my tour today, so sad.” WHAT?!?!?!
I jumped out of bed and ran to look at my ticket. It did indeed say “Sunday 23rd April”. HOW did I not notice that? I mean, am I stupid? Blind? I actually could have kicked myself. I was so annoyed!
You see, I could have made it if I didn’t sleep in. I woke up at 11:30 and I had to be in Manchester to meet him by 1:30. There was NO CHANCE I would have got there on time, no matter how hard I tried to make it work. Let’s just say I SUCK.
Anyway, back to the story. After I finished sulking, I fell asleep again. When I woke up, it was 2pm. My train was at 4:07pm and I was STILL in my PJs. I hadn’t even had a shower! I sprang into action and started zooming around the house trying to get myself together. I was literally a blur. I had the quickest shower I’ve ever had in my life (15 minutes is SUPER quick for me). I slipped into my silky dressing gown and turned on my camera. I had decided to vlog that day and I hadn’t even done my introduction.
I kept my phone away from me to avoid any distractions so I could focus on getting ready as fast as I could without looking like a clown. The next time I looked at my phone I was almost finished with my make up. I looked at the time. 4:06pm. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!
Great. So not only had I missed meeting Oli White, I’d now missed my train to go and see Ed. I frantically looked up some more train times on my phone and the only other train I could get which gave me enough time to actually get to the arena before the concert started was at 4:36pm. I had about 20 minutes to do my hair, get dressed and get to the train station.
I managed it. JUST. I got out of the taxi and went inside to buy my ticket. As I was buying the ticket, my train arrived. I got through the barriers and bolted down the stairs as fast as I could without breaking my neck, and got on the train just as the doors were closing. I sent my best friend a message letting her know that I was going to be late, but only 20 minutes later than we were originally supposed to meet.
I got off the train at Manchester Piccadilly, and went to look for Caitlin. She told me she would meet me outside platform 13, so that’s where I headed. But there were so many people in front of me that I couldn’t see her. I walked straight past her and I didn’t even notice until she shouted. “Oh my god, you’re so blind!” she laughed.
We headed outside and had a cigarette and basically just squealed at each other because we were so excited.
Originally we were going to walk from Piccadilly to the arena, but instead we decided to get a tram as it would be quicker. We headed inside and had at look to see when the next tram would be. We had an 8 minute wait so Caitlin suggested we go for a toilet break. “We’ll be fine,” she said. “It won’t take us 8 minutes.” she said.
We went for what we thought was a “quick toilet break” but when we got back, the tram had been and gone. Yup. WE’D MISSED THE BLOODY TRAM!!
I couldn’t believe the sort of day I was having. I’m the kind of person that’s either always early or on time. I’m NEVER late for ANYTHING. Especially when it comes to my idols.
I began to freak out, until Caitlin saw that another one would come in 2 minutes. The only issue was, we’d have to get off at the next stop and walk the rest of the way. So that’s what we did. We got off and walked as fast as we could because the arena doors had already opened at this point and we were still a good 10-15 minutes away. My feet were killing me and my asthma started to play up because I was having to rush so much.
AND, as the icing on the big cake of failure, I almost got ran over by a taxi. I actually have the footage of it which you’ll be able to see in my vlog when it goes up on Friday!
I wasn’t worried about the concert starting before we got there because it always takes a while for them to start, I was worried about being at the back and not being able to see very well because we had standing tickets.
We finally arrived and got in the queue. The standing queue seemed MASSIVE and my heart started to sink. People had already gone in and there was still a huge queue. How am I supposed to vlog it if I’m right at the back?!
BUT, finally luck was on my side. FINALLY. After all the panicking and rushing and worrying, by the time I’d got into the room I was only 5 rows away from the stage. How that happened I have absolutely no idea, but I was so close I almost MELTED.
I was so unbelievably excited. I finally had some good luck and I couldn’t wait for the show to start. After about 20 minutes or so of waiting, the first support act came on. An Irish musician named Ryan McMullan and he is absolutely incredible. I’m not going to lie, before now I didn’t know who he was, but he blew me away and he sang the most beautiful songs. Here’s a short clip to show you just how talented he really is.
He deserves so much more recognition than he has right now which is why I’m telling my readers about this talented young man. His debut single “O’ Susannah” comes out on May 1st. Here is the link to his twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanmcmusic go and give him the love and support he deserves! 😀
But for now, I’m going to leave it there. I don’t want to show you all of the footage because it will all be in my vlog. If you want to see me being late, panicking, almost getting hit by a taxi and losing my mind over how incredible the concert was; keep an eye out on my YouTube channel – https://youtube.com/c/SarahGxo4010 – for the vlog! Friday at 4pm – you don’t want to miss it!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed 🙂
Lots of love,