I don't even know where to begin with this story... as I am still pinching myself. Thursday 15th June will forever be remembered as the day I met Bastille!
For those that don't know, watching live music is one of my biggest passions. When Bastille were announced as a headline act at The Eden Sessions, I knew I had to get tickets!
I had already planned on writing a blog post review of the gig, so what better way to top it off than to meet the actual band?!
With this in mind, I wrote a cheeky letter to Bastille's tour manager, as well as the team at The Eden Project.
On the day of the event, I received a phone call from Claire (who works for the team at Eden). She said that the band have agreed to meet me before the show, and I could not believe my luck!
On arrival, I was greeted at the gates and treated like a real VIP! I was even given a free t-shirt of my choice.
From here we headed down to the stage, where I was taken behind the scenes to meet the band.
There was a really chilled atmosphere backstage. The band's friends and family were all sat around relaxing, along with members of the crew and press teams.
After 5-10 minutes of waiting, I spotted the band walk in and I was so excited!! They were honestly four of the nicest guys - really friendly and down to earth. We talked about The Eden Project and how they had been on the zip-wire during the day.
We even discussed other festivals they have played, such as V Fest and Boardmasters.
Kyle the guitarist also mentioned how he used to work in Truro - which was pretty cool!
Of course, I couldn't let the moment pass without getting a cheeky picture. Dan even stood on the back of my chair at one point!
The experience was incredible and something I will never forget. My mum is a big fan of theirs too - which made me even happier to share the experience with her.
Afterwards, I took my place on the disabled viewing platform and managed to see the last little bit of their support act - Rationale. I also bumped into several friends, which made the night even better.
Bastille smashed their performance and the live vocals were as incredible as ever. I have never seen a band before that get so involved with the audience. Several times throughout the night, Dan walked through the middle of the crowd!
He is a health and safety nightmare - but what a legend! He even came up onto the disabled platform during one of the songs and stood on the railings.
I cannot thank the band enough for agreeing to meet me and have this amazing experience. I also want to say a special thanks to Claire from The Eden Team for making it all happen!
The venue is perfect for disabled access and their online booking system for wheelchairs is the best I have ever come across - ★★★★★