Manchester, you make me proud
Last night’s gig we were in Manchester. It felt so good to be back in my home town after being through Europe. As soon I as arrived on Saturday morning I felt at home. I was in a football stadium my Dad brought me as a teenager, but this time I arrived pitch side with 100 fellow crew members to see Coldplay light up the stadium.
As we got the stadium the rain had already been falling all morning but this didn’t stop the fans! They queued in their multi-coloured raincoats to get the best spot at the front of the stage. As the band started the rain had stopped and the Manchester crowd had taken off their ponchos to reveal their style. I felt a tad under dressed for this Coldplay crowd in my hoody and pumps. This crowd had the style to match the extravaganza they were about to witness.
The band came on and the crowd went wild! I haven’t heard noise like it. 55,000 people screaming Coldplay lyrics, backstage the crew commented on how ‘wild’ the crowd were. I replied “yes, people this is my hometown, of course we have the best audience” (with a proud smile spread across my face). I stood above the crowd and watched thousands of people moving like a skin coloured ocean, with arms that resembled waves, all moving and united by the music. The band blew the crowd away by singing a tribute to Manchester with an acoustic verse from an Oasis song. What an amazing experience.
As I stood watching, all the memories came flooding back from the last few weeks and coming back to where I started from all made it more special for me. I truly felt lucky, to be talking to people about something I feel so passionate about and seeing people pledge their support for Oxfam, then to enjoy such an event every night for the last three months has blow me away. Thank you Manchester for making me proud by supporting Oxfam and being the loudest Coldplay fans. Let’s hope tonight will end the second leg of the tour with a bang.