Hi loves! With summer officially coming to an end (I can’t believe it) I had one more amazing event planned before I have to go back to school. My birthday was on March 28th and as a gift, my boyfriend bought us both Coldplay tickets! If you don’t know, I am probably Coldplay’s biggest fan and I know what amazing performers they are! I was absolutely stunned and totally surprised that I got a chance to see them for the second time. The first time was for my 16th birthday, so it had been 4 years since I’d seen them. Luckily, my boyfriend and I love going to L.A. often and spending the day exploring. This is what we decided to do before the concert, which was at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.
We had a few places we wanted to stop at first, so I’ll just go through our day. The drive wasn’t horrible since we don’t live too far from L.A., so once we made it we decided to stop at the Grove for some lunch. After a delicious meal at the Cheesecake Factory, we shopped around a little then headed for one of our planned destinations. I have been dying to go back to Nasty Gal since the first time I went I didn’t get the best impression. I wanted to give it another chance though to see what they had to offer. I actually ended up liking the store more the second time and finding more things that I loved. The Nasty Gal store is on Melrose if you ever want to check it out for yourself!
We then headed over to Amoeba Records, which is a huge record store we always stop at when we’re in Los Angeles. Amoeba pretty much has any product that is associated with music: from records, C.D.’s, and posters, to t-shirts, stickers, and band merch! We walked around to find the records we had in mind then moved on to our next destination.
Next, we ended up going somewhere super spontaneously. I actually saw a video on Facebook of a food that gives you dragon breath. This sounds very weird, but it’s a place called Chocolate Chair in Koreatown and they sell little spheres made of corn starch and sugar that are drenched in liquid nitrogen. You can dip these in sauces as well; we chose chocolate. When you bite into these, it releases smoke from your mouth and your nose. I’ve never eaten anything like this, and even though my tongue did sting a little afterwards, it was definitely a unique experience. I’m sad to say all my snapchats of the candy were not copied to my camera roll for some reason when I went to save them, so I’m sorry about that! If you search Chocolate Chair on Google, you can see exactly what they sell and what the place looks like!
Last and certainly not least, we started our drive to Pasadena, which was only about 30 minutes. The Rose Bowl is a giant stadium and it filled up for Coldplay. I have to say though, the stadium does have some very strict rules about what you can and can’t bring in. I wasn’t allowed to bring my Nikon in, so I unfortunately didn’t get the best quality photos that I could have. But hey, I’m not complaining, I got to see my favorite band in the world and I wouldn’t have traded that for anything! We got there a couple hours early and watch the openers which were Bishop Briggs and Alessia Cara (they were both amazing singers by the way, definitely look them up!) After all that waiting and nudging through crowds, we finally got to see Coldplay! They played their old classics and also some new songs off of their new album A Head Full of Dreams. So here’s some of the best photos I could get: you can see all the wrist bands we were given lighting up, fireworks going off, balloons floating through the crowd, and a killer light show!
As you can see from the photo above, Coldplay has an entirely separate stage specifically designed so they can be more interactive to the crowd and cater to those who are in the very back. They have always been so grateful to their fans and try to give their best show to everyone, regardless of how far away your seats are. The Rose Bowl is a huge place, but they didn’t let that get in their way.
It was one of the best nights of my life and I’m so thankful that I got the chance to be there. It’s something I’ll never forget. If they are ever in your area, buying tickets is 100% worth it and is something you’ll be happy you went to!
Thank you Chris, Johnny, Guy, and Will for such a spectacular experience <3