This is my third and final installment of my Bournemouth Travels so if you haven't caught up yet, where have you been? You can find part 1 here and part 2 here.
WARNING: If you have tickets for McBusted and want the show to be a surprise (highly recommended option) I'd stop reading now before I spoil it for you. (I jump straight into the action as I originally wrote this in part 2 but realised it was becoming a mammoth sized post, so I hope this still all kind of makes sense to you.)
|My sister and I before the gig being silly wearing the merch. Also, there's a leg growing out of my armpit, fail!|
The show kicked off with Young Brando, the first of three support acts of the night. Followed by E of E and then The Three Dudes, my favourite. These American brothers, only 13-14, really got party started and the crowd responded really well to them, I was jumping. Plus their version of Ballroom Blitz rocked. Search for it on YouTube if you're partial to a bit of rock. I think we will be hearing more from them in the future.
|I think this is the only image I took myself of the lead singer of Young Brando.|
Onto the main act, and the crowd went absolutely crazy as the intro played on the screens. They played the Busted break-up announcement (why are you trying to make me cry guys?) followed by a little skit introducing the tour. Basically, future James Bourne runs to past Matt Willis after the split to tell him that they have to go 'Back to the Future' (the references to this film just never get old). They get in the famous time travelling car, complete with the McBusted number plate, and set up the date to April 22nd (the day we went! Ahhh!). Meanwhile, Mcfly are backstage getting ready for the show. Then something goes wrong with the car and they can't get it started. The future starts changing and the tour program turns from McBusted to Mcfly. I think I speak for everyone in the audience when I say I was slightly concerned that Busted actually weren't going to make it and this was their approach to telling us. After everyone's little freak out (onscreen and audience) James gets the car started. Mcfly run to the side of the stage and The last thing we see is the McBusted time travelling car drive into the distance.
Then lightening struck...
The first thing I see is the car floating down to the stage, with passengers James and Matt in the front seat (I could see a lot more than I originally thought). As soon as they step out the car, Mcfly spring board onto stage one by one. And the crowd goes absolutely mental as they start to play Air Hostess.
I think mental is a pretty accurate description of the whole night. The epic beginning kick started the biggest nostalgia fest of them all. Every hit from both bands, I think it was a 50/50 split between the songs too and all were played to perfection. I don't think I stopped dancing and I sang along for most of it too. Now would probably be a good time to apologise to the guy in front of me who suffered the worst if my screaming and horrendous singing. I'd also like to say sorry to the girl behind whose feet I kept jumping on in nearly every song. I am really sorry. Saying that, I really enjoyed myself despite being so far back and having a slightly restricted view. The whole atmosphere was amazing, especially being a small arena the crowd really worked up a riot. And by riot I mean crazy festival vibes minus the deadly mosh pits.
|Thank you to my lovely mother for taking these shots. Only 5ft so how she managed to get anything is a miracle.|
|My view for most of the night... short people problems!|
|Yes, there was a parody of THE wedding speech. Epic.|
However, there is always someone that has to try and ruin the night. On this occasion, two rather drunk girls decided that I had the perfect spot fairly near the beginning of the main event so rammed me out if the way. Being fairly small, I'm used to being the shoved target when there's little room but, since the show had already started, I was quite shocked to be so rudely dismissed out if the way. The temptation to have a go at them right there and then was nearly too much to control but I knew I didn't really stand a chance against them so continued to enjoy the show from my new position. After disregarded the surrounding crowd, forcing my Mum to dance with them and throwing their beer everywhere, they moved on. Everything always works out in the end.
My favourite songs of the night were Sleeping with the Light On, Star Girl, Obviously, Brittany (I had that song stuck in my head all day so couldn't believe it when they started playing it), 5 Colours in Her Hair, Crashed the Wedding (Matt came on in a wedding dress and gave Dougie a piggy back whilst they played the same guitar, insane!) and Year 300. The little chats and videos inbetween the songs were funny too and Matt and Dougie were sent to the naughty step, well naughty tower (they really are naughty boys!)
As I've mentioned on this blog before, it was a childhood dream of mine to see Busted live in concert and I absolutely love Mcfly so I can't thank the McBusted boys enough for putting on such an incredible show and allowing me to fulfill my childhood dream. It's a night I'll never forget.