On the 27th of June 2015 something that had been a long time coming finally took place. One Direction was set to perform in Helsinki at the Olympia Stadium at 20.30. Me and my bestie Karin got our tickets last autumn and I sort of forgot about the whole concert, until the week before, when I started to get excited. The day was pretty eventful so I'll talk you through it.
I'd just finished a 10 days of straight work streak and I was exhausted, but I still got up at around 08.00 and hopped in the shower to get ready for the night. I decided to go for a classic red lip (MAC Ruby Woo lipstick, with MAC cherry lipliner because the time it lasts is just out of this world) with fairly simple eye makeup, just lightly shadowing my socket line with Stila's eyeshadow, and Urban Decay's eye potion primer, the combination of these two will last a lifetime. Also I straightened my hair because I just knew that my hair would never hold any curls for that long. The goal with the look was to make it last. But I'll stop blabbering about that because you might not be interested at all, haha.
The weather was supposed to be clear (note: supposed!) but when I left the house it started raining. By now I was really glad I had opted for straight hair rather than curls. Anyway we arrived by the stadium around 12 (gates open at 16.30) and had a hard time finding where we were supposed to queue, but we did eventually. When the rain had stopped and the ground had dried we were able to sit down, which was good, because there was to be a lot of standing that day. We also were close to a tiny forrest which meant we could skip the toilet line and go about our business in the nature, haha, because honestly the lines were looong and there are a lot of things that you have to plan on this day. Like how do people go about their business when they are lining up? haha, also nutrition was important and enough fluids! but not too much because, there are no toilets. The struggle was real people. Also the umbrellas we brought became handy when the sun was shining, because we used them to protect our heads from the sun! We did however have to throw them away before going into the stadium because they weren't allowed.
After we had sat around for about three hours, some people started walking towards us, and one of them randomly started talking to me because we happened to make eye contact. She explained that apparently this wasn't the right queue and a guard had asked them to move. Naturally this sparked a tiny panic in the people around us. At this point we weren't sure what to believe, but we decided to follow them. Then we bumbed in to two moms and discussed the matter with them and got a hold of a guard who was going to sort it all out. Then we spotted another guard who calmly explained to us that he would take us where we were supposed to be, but he was very careful not to attract too much attention and made sure we didn't either. He led us to the most disgusting place, where people had left their food, toilet paper and blankets and it was just so gross. Like people PLEASE, were you not ever taught not to throw trash on the ground? hashtag bad manners. But we were in the right place and we got our green bracelets.
Fifty minutes later we finally started moving and got inside the stadium, where surprise surprise, the waiting continued. Eventually the first of two warm up acts started, Isac Elliot, and people started pushing and shuving. Like honestly there was no space and I'm sorry to break it to you sisters but it doesn't matter if you stand one meter here or there, they will not remember you and fall in love with you, so please just be civil. Also when the safety people asked them to back they wouldn't budge. After McBusted had performed there was a Russian fan close to us standing by her own. She had been standing closer by the stage and wanted to go back to her friend, but there were a group of finnish fans who wouldn't let her. I told them off for being rude and childish and explained to her that I was trying to help her. Eventually I believe she reached her friend, but honestly, if you guys all are fans, why can't you even be human to one another.
At last after waiting fro 8 hours and 40 minutes, the song Clouds started beaming out of the sound system and One Direction took the stage. And to be frank with you, seeing them live just made it even clearer to me that these are normal guys, our age, with a crazy life. Song after song went on. And it was fun don't get me wrong, but I think that I would have appreciated the concert a lot more two years, maybe even a year ago. The drama wasn't over though. After about two thirds of the concert had passed a young girl, maybe 14 years of age, close to us bent down. Karin thought she was going to puke and make room. Her friends had bent down too by now and tried to help. I looked around and nobody was trying to help, there was even a mom there who didn't show any interest. Do I get involved or not. Do I, or don't I? Eventually I just said screw it, and asked her friends what was going on. Turns out she had a hard time breathing. I explained to her calmly that everything was okay, your lungs are working perfectly, but lets stand up and look at the sky to get fresh air. And I understand that she had a hard time breathing, the air wasn't the best. I was glad I was tall so I had a little bit better air then everyone else, haha, we then gave her some of our nuts so she could eat something and she felt a little better but it was obvious everything wasn't okay yet. I asked her if she wanted to leave the stage area, but she didn't seem too keen. I made a quick judgment call and told her, okay this is what we are going to do, I'm going to let you sit on my shoulders so that you will be higher up and get fresher air. So this time I bent down and she got on my shoulders and we stood up. You should have seen the faces of the girls around us, they were so jealous of her, because she could see everything from up there. So as What Makes You Beautiful was beaming around we were jumping up and down, and she quickly felt a lot better, after another couple of songs I had to put her down because it got quite heavy after a while. She was really happy and a lot better and was able to finish her concert with a beaming smile on her face. She was so lucky we were there to take charge and save the situation, and it made me really sad that no one else tried to help.
When the last notes of Best Song Ever echoed in the Stadium and everyone started leaving towards the gates again, the girl we had helped came and hugged us again. The Russian girl and her friend also came up to us and thanked us for helping her. So a happy ending I guess? It was a fun, but I think once was enough for me, haha.
By the way, VLOG from the day can be found below. One of my first attempts, so not that good, haha, I speak really quietly, but there's material from the concert! And it's filmed on my phone, so it is bound to be a little crappy compared to my other material...