Thursday, 11 August 2016

Our asses belong to Muse now @ Ejekt Festival

 It is not often that we get to see in Greece a band that is at the peak of their career and creativity. And it is not often that this particular band is popular with the Greek audience. Sure, Muse have played live in Greece before, but that was before they became as huge as they are now (They are considered to be as huge as U2, whatever that means). And proof of their popularity was the fact that they sold out most of this gig's tickets within the first few hours of going on sale. Combined with the fact that the venue was basically a big open space by the seaside, I was worried that maybe the organizers had put too many tickets on sale and that I would not be able to see anything or that we would be literally thrown in the sea.
Thankfully, none of these fears came true, and I managed to get a ticket less than two weeks before the event. We arrived early, but not so early so we just caught the second band as it went on stage and we got to be at the front of the stage. Temples were quite good actually, but we only stayed there for the first song. 

The sun was still high up in the sky, it was too hot, and after my recent adventures in Manchester and Milano (twice), I still did not have enough energy to be able to stand there. So we went for a walk around the venue to see how much free food and booze we could gather. Our quest was successful. And after us freeloaders had consumed enough shots and had gathered enough croissants, we sat down in the shade to consume them with a bottle of coke that we actually bought. (So see? we were not complete freeloaders).

After both our meal and Temples' set were finished, we moved back to the front of the stage. The sun was going down now, the situation was bearable and we were able to enjoy UNKLE who came up next, the last act before Muse.

They played a really good set and managed to warm up the audience for the main event. I had a good spot and I stayed there and at around 10 o' clock with the sounds of the drill sergeant coming from the speakers, Muse came on stage launching into "Psycho", the song from their latest album "Drones" which features the lyric "your ass belongs to me now" that was paraphrased on a sign held by a fan and which was used as a title for this blog post.

During their whole set, which was augmented by various effects (including the bass players using different basses with different coloured lights on each one) the audience kept on dancing and singing. I heard some complaints afterwards that they did not play anything from their first album but you can't please everybody now, can you?

And I was there at the front for almost the whole gig (I started moving back at the last song in order to be able to join the others in time)
Too much dancing, too much singing, but it was worth it!
01. Psycho
02. Plug In Baby
03. Interlude
04. Hysteria
05. Butterflies & Hurricanes
06. Bliss
07. The 2nd Law: Isolated System
08. The Handler
09. Supermassive Black Hole
10. Munich Jam
11. Madness
12. Dead Inside
13. Starlight
14. Time Is Running Out
15. The Globalist
16. Uprising
17. Mercy
18. Knights Of Cydonia

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