Wanderland 2013: Where Have You Been All My Life?

Oh finally!

It’s been more than a week since Wanderland 2013 (May 18), but my news feed is still peppered with photos and whatnot from that awesome night. I doubt yours aren’t swarmed by still-hungover Wander-friends! :p

When I bought this, I was secretly begging the heavens that it'd be worth the price. :P
When I bought this, I was secretly begging the heavens that it’d be worth the price. πŸ˜›

By now, we all know what Wanderland 2013 is, right? However, would you believe that I was pretty much scared for the organizers of the festival. Wanderland immediately got me sold when I saw their impressive lineup. However, I struggled to find a friend who loved the bands enough to go with me.

The wristband matched my other bracelets, eh? :)
The wristband matched my other bracelets, eh? πŸ™‚

Thankfully, my brother — an indie-loving music aficionado — wanted to go to but had no friend interested in paying for a VIP ticket. Everything was ironed out two days before the festival–happiness! Actually, I would have bought tickets earlier had I learned about the festival earlier. I had no idea there was something like this coming up in the Philippines!

Early birds. Us included.
Early birds. Us included.

I was really pumped and over-the-moon-excited on the car ride to Circuit. I was ready to listen to my kind of music for 12 hours–live! My brother and I didn’t want to miss anything so we punctually arrived. We had time to have lunch on the field and pick a good spot–not too near but not too far from the stage.

Taken By Cars kicked off the festival and even though the field wasn’t even half-filled yet, they pumped up the crowd well. A whole slew of local bands followed suit, including She’s Only Sixteen, Yolanda Moon, etc. The first foreign band to take the stage was Colour Coding, a band I was really looking forward to. Okay, it would be a chore to narrate every single detail about the festival so I’ll just share photos! πŸ™‚
It was a beautiful day. Thank God it didn't rain!
It was a beautiful day. Thank God it didn’t rain!
Colour Coding on stage. I really really adore Chris Holland.
Colour Coding on stage. I really really adore Chris Holland. <3
Lookie! There's a spaceman on patrol. Haha.
Lookie! There’s a spaceman on patrol. Haha.
What a view that balloon has.
What a view that balloon has.
Some people really embraced the sun, lying back between breaks. I, however, was completely burnt after the festival.
Some people really embraced the sun, lying back between breaks. I, however, was completely burnt after the festival.
A variety of alcoholic drinks were available at the festival. A cup of beer was at 100 pesos. Not sure how much for the mixed drinks.
A variety of alcoholic drinks were available at the festival. A cup of beer was at 100 pesos. Not sure how much for the mixed drinks.
The festival was blessed was insanely hot weather. Better than the rain.
The festival was blessed was insanely hot weather. Better than the rain.
Avalanche City on stage. They sounded really good live.
Avalanche City on stage. They sounded really good live.
A mid-afternoon shot of the grounds with Avalance City on stage.
A mid-afternoon shot of the grounds with Avalance City on stage.

 

One of the perks of being a VIP ticket holder. Some of the bands were game to pose with fans after their sets. Here's me with Chris Holland of Colour Coding.
One of the perks of being a VIP ticket holder. Some of the bands were game to pose with fans after their sets. Here’s me with Chris Holland of Colour Coding. (This photo was taken by their roadie, I think)
.....and Tim Commandeur. Such a shame that I haven't perfected my "smile." I look terrible in all of my photos with the bands.
…..and Tim Commandeur. Such a shame that I haven’t perfected my “smile.” I look terrible in all of my photos with the bands! πŸ™
Tully on Tully! Natalie Foster sounded amazing. You MUST listen to this band. Already have 'em in my iPod. Go get their music!
Tully on Tully! Natalie Foster sounded amazing. You MUST listen to this band. Already have ’em in my iPod. Go get their music!

I’m not a big groupie girl or whatever, but all of the pictures I have with bands were fruits of my SOLO effort. Yes, I approached them by myself! Since it was only me and my brother at the concert, we took turns rushing to wherever there was a photo opp line. Surprisingly, my shyness took a hike that day because I mustered the courage to get a photo solo. πŸ˜€

With Kuya. By this time, we were disgusted with how icky we were. Sweat, crowd, grass, and the open air stuck to our skin like hell.
With Kuya. By this time, we were disgusted with how icky we were.
What a view, huh?
What a view, huh?
Up Dharma Down takes the stage!
Up Dharma Down takes the stage!
Neon Trees. They rocked (ugh how bland is this word LOL) the stage! Tyler was all out on the stage. He even crowd surfed :)
Neon Trees. They rocked (ugh how bland is this word LOL) the stage! Tyler was all out on the stage. He even crowd surfed πŸ™‚
The Temper Trap closed the show with Sweet Disposition. Great song to end the evening!
The Temper Trap closed the show with Sweet Disposition. Great song to end the evening!

Overall, the first Wanderland festival was a massive success. I was honestly surprised by the turnout. My brother and I were expecting a half-packed Circuit grounds, but much to our delight (and the organizers!) the grounds were brimming with people! When evening rolled in, I probably stepped on a few bags, mats and feet while navigating the crowd.

Some of the people in the crowd were too drunk to have the energy to stand up when a band played. Hearing girls scream “tang*na you got me drunk!” was hilarious and a tad annoying but what the hell! I should be happy that they’re enjoying their evening right? LOL

A lot of people dressed to impressed too. I guess they desperately wanted to experience Coachella and frankly, I didn’t care much. Too each his own. Dressed to the nines or not, everybody enjoyed the music. And frankly, that’s the whole point of a 12-hour long festival like this!
I will definitely be back, as long as the line up’s good of course, and will be making sure I have tons of friends with me. πŸ™‚
P.S. I went home with a sunburn. I am two to three shades darker now. πŸ™

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