I visited Fuji Rock Festival and saw Muse play in July, 2015
“I’m not quite sure, but I think I may have died and gone to heaven”
This was my facebook status late at night on the second day of Fuji Rock Festival. I had just had one of the best days of my life, it really felt like heaven. I fell asleep with a smile on my face that day.
The final concert of the day was Muse, they are one of my favorite bands. I got a great spot not far from the stage well before the concert was to begin. I had been waiting for this for a long time.
The concert was something to remember for the rest of my life. Muse are great on stage, the crowd was ecstatic, the music very good. So many of their hits were played, along with much of their new album. I was having a great time, not just watching the concert but also the massive crowd that had turned up. When they ended the concert with Knights of Cydonia the whole crowd went berserk, dancing and singing along.
After the concert I had a massive smile on my face, unable to wipe it away. The feeling of watching your favorite band, along with about 70.000 other fans is hard to describe.
But the night did not end there. By the time the concert was over I found myself in a group of people. Some I had met before the concert, some I met during. We decided to take a walk through the festival area.
We wanted to check out the boardwalk at night, I was quite certain it was closed. We headed over there anyway, the rest were optimistic.
The boardwalks, there are two of them, are paths through the woods built every year especially for Fuji Rock Festival. Planks are laid out to walk on, messages from previous festivals written on them. A scene is placed midway, where intimate concerts are helt throughout the day.
As we approached the entrance to the boardwalk we could see a security guard standing there, making sure no one would enter. The boardwalk was closed at night, why I don’t know. We decided to try and sneak in anyway.
We approached the guard with confidence, one of the girls first, I was unsure what her plan was. Just before we got there, another guy was stopped trying to sneak in. The security guard was distracted for a second, we jumped past him and ran down the boardwalk. As we got to the first turn we slowed down, we were not being followed.
I wonder why the boardwalk closes at night. It must be a security issue. Having loads of drunk people running around in the forest, almost total darkness, a cliff with the river below on one side, is probably not that safe.
The boardwalk was beautiful at night though. Most of it lay in darkness, but every now and then disco balls were hanging from the branches above. Spotlights were turned on them creating a beautiful light show in the forest. We stopped and just admired the lightshow for a long time.
Eventually we headed back, stopped at the outdoor movie theatre for some food. A black and white samurai movie was playing, we had some yakitori to eat. Another beer.
The rest of the night we spent at the amateur stage watching unknown bands battle for a spot at next year’s festival. There were some great bands playing there and it was a great crowd. A perfect end to my day.
It was close to 4 a.m. when I went back to my tent. I was happy, excited, thrilled. Did not feel tired or sleepy at all. It was still only saturday, or more like sunday morning, but I was already sure this would be the best weekend of my life so far.
I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
For all my Fuji Rock Festival stories, see my Fuji Rock Festival Page.