Waking up........

........the next day was tougher than we thought (not that waking up in a strange bed, 11000km away from home, knowing that rush is the only way ahead, if we have to make it on time for sound check, was s'posed to be any easier anyways!!).....some of us didn't sleep at all - Taha spent all of the early morning hours, mastering the new keyboard that we had received, figuring out the menus, tones etc......some of us missed our alarms, and had to rush down for breakfast, just in time to be able to freshen up and grab a couple of boiled eggs.......some of us were disciplined enough to have gotten a few winks, freshened up and had a hearty hotel buffet breakfast...........which as time will tell, was the wisest choice made that day!

The festival organizers had put us up within walking distance from the venue, but with all the gear, and a new heavy keyboard added, we drove.....all of 7 minutes to the venue........and it looked like this:


An open air arena, with a covered stage, properly rigged up with pro sound to fill a football field and a stage tech crew with a separate monitor and FOH engineer........this was going to be fun, we thought, and as we met the stage manager and the chief stage tech, we were ushered into the VIP area, where we met the Festival Director and her team of volunteers, the MC and host of other people involved in the Festival........it was Game on!! From here on, the adrenalin pump was revving at a full throttle 1200rpm, pumping in enough adrenalin to last us the day. We were at the venue, for our maiden Music Festival in this beautiful country Canada and this amazing arena of Celebration Square in Mississauga, ON. 

It was slightly overcast, and the weather forecast said rains at 4p..........our slot was 5.10p .......... doubts started to creep in, and as the wind picked up speed from the great lakes in land, some hopes of a clear sky post afternoon lifted our spirits, but then the universe had something else in store......something so beyond our control, that the two hour delay of our flight last night, seemed like an ant in front of an elephant!! You get the drift........the clouds were quite ominous, and coming from the land of floods caused by drizzles, we had no clue what was to befall upon us. Like Asterixs and Obelix, the only fear, the only 'real' fear was if the skies were to fall upon us ......... we could handle anything else, well we did......just last night, a ton of stress and quick thinking set up and belting out 3 rocking sets, getting hired for the next night at the same venue, just a few hours ago, would have justified our resolve to make this happen.............

More in our next episode............keep it tuned here..........well it will pop up in your social media feed, so chill till then, and catch the rest of the action, as we tell it, as it happened.........


 

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