Ok so my goodness what a night! - what a great night!! I honestly did not expect sensation to be this good!
so night began with dinner at the place where i had the awesome BLT, nomnomnom, and then came back, showered, dressed etc... unfortunately the night and a bit of a rough beginning due to issues with our tickets, but finally by 11 o'clock we went down to the central station to buy tickets....now this may sound like a bit of a "duh" moment....but buying tickets in dutch....when you do not read dutch, is terribly difficult! - especially when you have no idea which train/stop that your looking for!!! so we asked someone else dressed in white, but the machine would not take the credit card, and these machines don't take coin or notes! so about 20 min of walking around asking different people for help finally a security guard was able to help us, turns out the reason that the credit card was not working was because we were picking the wrong pay option (there was, debit, maestro.... and a few others, we were meant to pick credit card, but we were picking maestro (mastercard in europe)) so anyway, we also asked which platform, with some luck there was a train waiting at the platform that we were able to jump on straight away! the ride was a total of about 10min, and we basically just followed everyone else dressed in white.
Simon, the guy who was getting us our tickets, also happened to be on the same train, but we didnt know and we met up with him as we left the station, the gates for entering and exiting the station are the strangest thing, i still dont understand them, it seems you can buy some sort of card that allows you travel like a travel weekly...but we could not find the exit with the paper tickets that we had... those are the kind of moments where you really feel like a foreigner.
Finally we did find the exit, (Yayyy!) then after about 15min of walking we also then found the crew/artist entry as well, and we were able to go inside!!!! the first hour was a lot of running around just getting some barrings and finding a spot, we all had deluxe tickets so we were in the sectioned off area, but it was packed in the grand stand, the area is actually a football field so we were in the seating area standing and dancing.
First off, i must mention the pure effort of the production, it was just FAN.TAS.TIC. the main stage was a giant pyramid and the punters (audience) were actually able to get onto the pyramid and get within a meter of the the spinning DJ booth! above the pyramid there was a line of hanging lights, and the lighting rigs were with white sheets that had little lights also on it, strobes and all other sorts of lights, i always find this SO amazing, the work that goes into building this kind of stage is just phenomenal, let alone trying to THINK of this stage in the first place!!!!
Photos will better explain! - and the videos as well
now not only is the main stage a mind blowing production thought, but the entire place is decked out in white carpet, all the deluxe rooms also have stages that have different setups, one in particular had white cardboard and there were pictures of buildings being projected onto the white cardboard, another stage had massive arrows that were actually lights, just incredible!
So now Ive rambled on about the production, next is the music...... just awesome. the mix, chuckie, swedish house mafia, wow wow wow wow, house for 6hours straight, and i dont think i hardly stopped dancing! - from the moment we arrived every tune was so well mixed, each track made you just wanna get your dance on, just awesome! i dont think ive heard that kind of quality of house music in a loooooooooong time, hardly any trance which was great for me, although nat was a little disappointed, but she still had fun!
the crowd has also been given fluro gloves and the DJ played "we will rock you" so everyone in the crowd had their hands up with these gloves on, and there were UV lights on so you could just see alll these hands in the crowd shine, my good it looked amazinggg (dont worry there is a video!)
after abour an hour in the grand stands chris wanted to go for a walk to some other part of the arena, my main plan was to get onto that pyramid and to enjoy the atmosphere in the crowd, being next to seats gets really boring, really quickly. so we split up, nat and I on our mission to the pyramid, and mark and chris doing their own thing.
This for me was probably the highlight of the night (that and maybe one more little event that did happen, not to worry i will get to that.) nat and I had a BLAST just dancing, I of course had to represent Oz and had a good shuffle throughout the night, which ended up being the way that conversation was started, excellent ice breaker!
We first tried to get onto the pyramid, but they were not letting people up, so we gave up after while and decided to go underneath the pyramid and check out that little dancefloor.... it had a MASSIVE fan down there...and at this point i had realized how much i was really sweating, before we had arrived chris was saying how the arena has no air con because Holland is always so cold that they dont need air con. inside the arena its usually an estimated 38 degrees, and i was REALLY feeling it!!! so we stood in front of the fan for a fair while trying to cool down, but of course as soon you start dancing again....well i just stopped caring what state i looked like, i was having too much fun to care!
after we spent a little bit of time downstairs we then went back out to the dance floor, at this point it was almost time when we had to meet back up with the boys, and mark was keeping in contact with us and saying where he was, but it was directly on the other side of the pyramid from where we were! so we decided just to take our time and not try to push through 50.000 people , this was really lucky as at one point we stopped for a dance and the DJ told everyone to sit down, so here we are, 50.000 people sitting down and waiting for the break of this song , finallly when it starts all this cool smoke comes down for the rig and nat and i are just jumping and laughing , was just awesome!!!!! especially as it cooled us down a little as well :P
so i should make a little note here on the actualy crowd, they are from all over europe, all different ages as well, at one point i saw a 70+ man wearing fairy lights (they were lit) and dancing like a 20 year old, i have to say, it was generally a very cool crowd! but i was laughing and mentioned to nat, that every crowd still smells the same, sweat, ciggies and BO, hahahaha.
By this time its about 4am and the place is still packed, even though the main act had just finished (swedish house mafia) however, one opportunity i did see was that the line for the pyramid had gone down significantly and i saw the security guards letting people through :O so of course i pulled nat into the line and 3 min later, BAM - entry onto the pyramid!!!!!!!!!!
we went straight up to the top and went right next to the DJ booth, here i was confronted with how everyone spoke Spanish! hahah, i met a Mexican and a fair few Spaniards as well, we did not stay on the pyramid for more than 20 min as at the top it was just sooooooo packed in, but we took photos that we WERE there and then went to find mark, which ended up being a huge mission as we didnt know really where he was, we thought we did but we were not allowed onto the deck that he was talking about, he was fairly pissed as his night was spent running around more than being able to enjoy the actual night!
but we had a dance and eventually, eric (a dutchie who works for ID&T) was able to get us all onto the VIP deck. now i must mention, VIP really does not live up to the hype, all these people are often quite snobby and dressed to look their best, while nat and i are there to dance around, so i was feeling quite short hahahah. but we had fun anyway, at one point mark tapped us and pointed to a girl carrying a box of little bottles, i asked what they were and mark shrugged and said everyone was drinking them, so we all took one, seemed that it was vodka of some sorts, but im not honestly sure!
(http://www.flugel.com/ this is the site of the what it is)
after this we were just dancing and having a good time as the sun was coming up, as the area has a glass roof we could see the light come through, now this is where my other highlight of the night came up......i met D-Block and S-Te-Fan .... WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, got a photo also, which... i have to say made me happy and all hell, could not wipe the grin off my face! they really are tall as buildings though! seem lovely as well, did not think that was going to happen! :D
so buy this point its 6am and both nat and i are wreaked , my feet were killing me and I wanted to have a shower to get all the sweat and dirt off me! we left straight after it finished, caught an overpriced taxi back to the hotel, showered and just passed out.
phew! i will post photos as soon as i get them from nat, she was the one with the camera that night, in the mean time, these are the official photos from the site, http://www.sensation.com/netherlands/en/photos
well now i'm off to eat! im just starving!!!!!!
hope everyone is well and hopefully i'll hear from you all soon!