Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Successful Crash #13: FOTC “It’s Crashing Time”

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Posted by teibs On May - 8 - 2009

fotc2@ZackTeibloom Tonight, I was going to make a crash. You know how I knew? Two Kiwi’s known as the Flight of the Conchords. A sold out show at Bass Concert Hall meant overwhelmed student-run security. I had my Dead Weather t-shirt on for confidence. The conditions were perfect.

Usually I have to scope out the situation for 10-15 minutes and make a plan. Not this time. I got there 20 minutes before the show. You know I like to be a little early. I got in faster than the people with tickets who walked in the same time as me. I can take my time, but sometimes you need a quickie.

There was no turnstile to walk through, no stamp or wrist band to verify entry and no beefy security guards for intimidation. No barriers tonight. Just a few careless student ticket takers who had no idea what Festival Crashing is. It’s crashing. It’s crashing time.

I needed this crash for redemption. I bought two tickets for the show in Chicago at $50 each at a pre-sale and figured that since I couldn’t make it, I’d make a nice profit on Stub Hub. Mistake. I don’t want to be that guy adding even more charges to an inflated concert ticket. $50 is more than enough to see these guys. I ended up pricing them to high too late, waiting to long and selling them to @andlaurasays for $50 for the pair. I need to stick to crashing.

As soon as I walked in the auditorium, I saw a gap between the careless ticket takers and walked right past them, glancing at my phone. Sometimes there’s really nothing to a crash. Going to the venue is half the battle. More than.

The only tricky part was finding an unoccupied seat at a sold out show. I’m embarrassed to admit I chose a seat in the balcony, but a sold out show is tricky business. I settled in a spot halfway up the balcony, in the middle of a row, figuring aisle seats would be gone first.

I spent the first half hour shifting in my seat every time a flashlight wielding usher came near my aisle. I moved up a row when I thought someone was taking my seat, but I was really just being overly cautious. All I had to do for this one was show up.

I can’t stress this enough. Go to the fuc**ing venue (G2TFV) when you want to see a concert. It can be that easy.

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