Get your hopes up.
I never really wanted to go to a concert. Mainly because all my favorite singers’ concert is damn expensive – Why the hefty price tag, guys? So, my music life consists of shuffling in Spotify over and over again. Until now.
A week before, my friend, Sekar, was visiting my house when she told me about this event called, Sky Avenue. Apparently, it’s a festival/Coachella-like concert organized by a group of high school students studying at Labschool Kebayoran (or Labsky for short!).
At first, I wasn’t really interested since there’s not many celebrities that I recognized. But, my mind completely changed when Sekar showed me their Instagram account. It was so deliberately organized that it actually made me really excited to go, despite the meh line-up. Moreover, the price of this concert is only Rp 75.000 ($5)!!!
So, after inviting other friends (Mandy, Aby, Ferdinand) and pre-ordering some tickets, the only thing to do next is wait.
The days leading up to the day was…torturous to say the least. It felt like time was teasing me.
D-5 AND 7 HOURS
D-5 AND 6 HOURS 59 MINUTES AND 59 SECONDS
Probably not that extreme, but you get the point. Fast forward, and it was finally D-Day!
After gathering at a nearby mall, we departed at roughly 3 o’clock. But that day’s traffic was awful!!! What was supposed to be a 30 minutes ride turned into a 2 hours one.
But nothing was making us having second thoughts. If anything the traffic actually made us REALLY want to go. And then comes the rain. Oooh, dear rain.
Just as we’re approaching the venue, dark clouds started forming. At this point, we were all like, “Rain, rain, go away!” But despite our totally ritualistic effort, rain started falling anyways. Rain Gods be damned.
Okay, right in that second, everything felt so ominous. Jakarta’s traffic is known to be bad, but not this bad. And it hadn’t rain for weeks now!
Defying the odds.
So, despite the pouring rain, we are determined to go. And as we opened the car door, cold water greeted us. But, rather than being discouraged, I was actually excited! You guys may not know this, but I have always wanted to play in the rain.
So, we ran, splashed, and joked our way there. We even bought colorful raincoats!!!
Right at this point, it felt like we just defied destiny and went our own way. And it’s gonna be worth it. Because we’re gonna have a lot of fun in the concert…or so we thought.
Just as we entered, we noticed that a huge group of people are huddled under a big roofed yard.
Why aren’t they entering? Aahh they’re probably just high class people who are too afraid of the rain.
So, we mocked them as we walked to the entrance. And just as we are approaching it, we finally found the answer.
It was catastrophe in there. Wind made the booths into shambles. Tents flew one by one. THE STAGE WAS EVEN DESTROYED (reportedly, we didn’t see for ourselves)
And right then and there, I felt like maybe I wasn’t destined to have fun today after all. I guessed I expected too much…
It was raining. The concert’s been cancelled. The situation seemed grim, didn’t it? Well, I guess I’ll have to change that. So, the coordinators of this event gave us all energy drinks to compensate for the cancelled concert. But I didn’t drink it. Instead I splashed it to my friends. We’re already wet anyways!
And with that, that moment instantaneously turned into battlefield. We were at a playful kind of war. I splashed my friends and they splashed me. We pushed each others, threw dirt at one another, and sang the songs of singers we were supposed to see today.
We didn’t care how foolish and childish we looked. At that moment, the world was ours.
All in all, today was a failure. I wasted three hours on traffic. Didn’t get to see the concert. And had my clothes ruined.
But why do I feel so happy? Maybe it’s because of the mere fact that I had fun with my friends. Maybe it was because my short moment of freedom.
Whatever it is, that day was certainly one of the best. And it will be remembered for quite a long time.
Your Runaway Panda.