rhythm and vines is an annual music festival here in gisborne that goes for three days ending on new years eve. so, one might think that the soundcheck is a small venue event where the line up plays music to prepare for the big event - complete with "check 1, 2s" and "test tests," but it was actually a mini- concert of sorts and they announced the official line up for the big show in december.
the music is a lot of dance/electronica/hip hip type stuff, so i'm sure you can imagine it was an interesting crowd. i was with a few co-workers (who are normal i promise) but in general i'd say most of the people there were still in some sort of school - whether that be high school or uni - and even more were on some kind of drugs.
i've never felt so old in my life as when a girl in front of me had a bag of what looked to me like little colored lego blocks confiscated from her and was ushered away by the police (meaning, they weren't lego blocks...). which reminds me, i have been meaning to google what the heck kind of drugs look like lego blocks - anyone have any clue? kids these days.
anyway, after a brief cavity search at the door, we got into the venue and it was packed. i won't lie, i'll listen to a bit of electronica music every once in awhile, but i'm not full on into that genre so i had pretty low expectations of the event, but the crowd was so enthusiastic it was hard not to get sucked in.
here's a little snapshot of the crowd from the VIP section....that i was in....being a VIP....
untz, untz, untz