To be honest, I am not a “crazy, T-Shirt ripping, head-banging, OMG-they-are-the-best-band-ever” type of fan – but I have heard their first two albums (Poets of the Fall and Carnival of Rust) and thought they were pretty decent to go ahead and book the VIP tickets that HRC was selling for 3K a pop (includes unlimited starters & IMFL).
So, this is how my entire experience was. Overall, I was pretty disappointed with the entire setup.
Before this, I have been to only the Bryan Adams concert in Pune – which was twice the price for admission – but they put up an awesome show and I enjoyed every second of it.
The show as supposed to start at 8 – so we reached at 8:30 because these things generally start late. The place was already crowded.
If you had the non VIP pass (for 1K), you would have to stand in a hot, suffocating and sweaty sea of humanity for the entire duration. So, I was glad that I spent the extra money as I would have been even more uncomfortable.
So, we got in at 8:30 and loud music was already blaring – typical of any HRC – but they were playing really good rock music.
We expected the band to start atleast by 9 – as they need to close down by 11. But we had no such luck.
The band turned up at 9:50pm and started playing only around 10.
They played for an hour and stopped at 11. My fault in this entire thing was that I did not listen to their latest album (Temple of Thought) and missed the part that this was the “Temple of Thought” tour. Hence, most of the songs were alien to me and I did not relate to them.
However, the other major disappointments with the entire event were:
- The Acoustics
I am not an audiophile or a prude – but I could barely make out what the band was saying / singing because the acoustics were probably not tested with that large of a crowd. (It was packed! And when I say packed, I mean people squishing each other trying to just stand on their two feet).It was just loud and very illegible. When I compare this to the Bryan Adams concert – they were phenomenal to the point that I could not believe that they can have a setup over such a large area and still sound excellent. All my other friends experienced the same thing with the Poets of the Fall thing.
So that was a downer.
- The Temperature
It was HOT. The concert was indoors and there were SO MANY PEOPLE, that the HRC waiters said that their AC unit had given up.
EVERYBODY was sweating. As there was no seating, we had to stand which made it more painful for the 3 hours.
If they could have fixed this one issue as well, it would have been a pleasant-er experience.
- The Food
HRC food generally sucks – but I thought the starters would be ok. But they were not.
There were only 2 starters that I was able to try – one Veg Manchurian and one Potato starter and both sucked (to the point that I wouldn’t pay for them). So yeah, no music, no food.
Overall, I felt that HRC and the organisers were a total sell-out (which is sad). Firstly for selling so many tickets which they were clearly not prepared for and then skimping on the food. I was made to believe (while purchasing the passes) that the band would play for atleast 2 hours (Bryan Adams played for 3) – but they didn’t. (which could also be a blessing in a sense considering the circumstances).
The music experience sucked overall – and it was uncomfortable to add to it.
- Make sure you know all the newest songs of the band.
- Don’t go to anymore concerts at HRC and avoid indoor concerts cause the acoustics are difficult to fix.
- It always makes sense to spend a little more money at such things and be a little more comfortable.
Just found that my friend Akshay who was with me during the show also put up his experience. He had a better time than me.
Here is his side of the story: