No Regrets in Being a Fan: When Your Favorite Band Doesn’t “Come A Little Closer”

Photography by Mandy Corey

Everyone can relate to the thrill of their favorite band announcing a tour and seeing a city close to them on the list. On the flip side, plenty of people are always disappointed by tour announcements when the band is not coming anywhere remotely near them. I recently experienced this disappointment when Coasts, a band from the U.K., announced their North American Summer Tour. I live in North Carolina and the closest place they were coming to me was Cincinnati, Ohio. I waited a few days to see if they would add any more dates but, once I had been assured they were not, reality sank in like lead. My friend, Sarah, joked with me by saying, “Let’s just drive to Ohio.” She didn’t expect my response to be, “Let’s do it.” Nine days before the show, we decided to make the twelve-hour journey to see the band we love.

Before the night was out, I booked a hotel. We began to plan frantically, thinking that nine days would not be enough time to prepare for this road trip. In some respects, nine days were a short amount of time, but, in others, the time just seemed to crawl by. We simply could not wait. She arrived at my house two nights before the show, and though we had to get up at 5am to prepare to drive to Cincinnati, we could not get to sleep. The excitement of what was about to take place made sleeping next to impossible. We finally settled down for the night at 2am, but when the alarm went off, I could not have been more thrilled. We finished packing the car and set off for our twelve-hour drive through the mountains and forests that would carry us to Ohio.

Once we arrived in Cincinnati and dropped off our belongings at the hotel, we walked around the city to take in our surroundings and decided to drive by the venue, The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino. We both got butterflies when we saw the stage, knowing that the very next day we would be seeing Coasts perform there. At 7am the next morning, I woke up and prepared to sit in line. I arrived at the venue at 8:30, and was greeted by a security guard. “Don’t you know this doesn’t start until six? Tonight?” she asked me, incredulously. I assured her I did and that I just wanted to be first in line. Although she didn’t quite understand, she was still very nice to me as I sat out in the sun. My friend arrived at about 11am, right when the first security guard’s shift ended. The guard that took over could not believe that I had been sitting out since 8:30 that morning. He was impressed that we had traveled twelve hours, and got us bottles of water periodically throughout the day.

At about 3 o’clock, we saw a black van drive by. We realized it was Coasts, and we could hardly contain our excitement. A few minutes later, we were approached by Ben (the drummer), James (the bass player), and Chris (the lead singer). We got to speak with them for a few minutes and even got some hugs, which was incredible. After they walked away, I stepped inside the casino to retrieve our tickets from will call. Upon exiting, I saw Sarah standing with David (the keyboard player) and Liam (the guitarist). It was amazing to have met all the members before the show even started.

Coasts were opening for Weezer that night, and we gushed to plenty of Weezer fans about Coasts while we were waiting for the gates to open. One man even looked up Coasts’ song “Modern Love” to pass the time. We soon realized that fifty members of the Weezer fan club were about to get in before us, which made us worry about getting up front (would all the waiting be for nothing?!). Once the gates finally opened we made it to second row, and two Weezer fans were kind enough to let us have their spot on the barricade for Coasts’ set. At 8 o’clock, the time had finally come, and Coasts took the stage.

Coasts opened strongly with my personal favorite, “Wallow.” With a heavy bass line and pulsating drum beat, it was a crowd pleaser. The band commanded the attention of the crowd with choruses that begged to be sung along with. It was impossible not to dance along to the catchy beats as lead singer, Chris, showed off his impeccable moves and emotionally belted out the lyrics. The drummer, Ben, wowed the crowd as he stood up on his drum throne to play and then jumped off with grace. They closed with their hit single, “Oceans,” a tune that the audience couldn’t help but clap along to. It was over all too quickly, but Coasts certainly pleased a sea of Weezer fans and two sunburnt girls singing enthusiastically along in the front row.

Before leaving the crowd, Sarah and I decided to try to get set lists. The security guard obliged, and some Weezer fans even cheered when we were each handed one. Mine even had foot prints all over it from Chris dancing on it (squee!). We exited the crowd to watch Weezer from a distance, and even met all of the members of Coasts again. They were kind enough to take some pictures with us and, of course, give us some more hugs. Sarah and I left the venue in a state of elation, completely thrilled with the way the day had turned out.

As I drove the twelve hours back to North Carolina the next day, I contemplated the decision I had made to travel 1400 miles to see Coasts. It may have been spontaneous and a little crazy, but it was the best decision I have ever made in my life. It was the most amazing day I have ever experienced in my twenty-two years on this planet. Not only do Coasts have exceptional music, they also have five incredible members behind the music that are the sweetest guys I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I would gladly make the decision to travel twenty-four hours in three days for them again in a heartbeat. Don’t hesitate to go the distance for your favorite band if they aren’t touring near you. It is a complete rush and it is worth every second.

Check out all the photos from the show below!

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What is the farthest that YOU ever gone to see your favorite band? Tell us in the comments below!

5 Comments

  1. Wakana

    August 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I shelled out a couple grand to go see Fall Out Boy in Mexico on my birthday but the show got cancelled 🙁

    • Mandy

      August 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      I was going to that too! I wanted to go for New Politics. I was so upset it was canceled but it was probably for the best.

      • Wakana

        August 21, 2015 at 12:35 pm

        Yeah in the end I was glad I didn’t spend all that money haha

  2. Bryana Natale

    August 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I would totally do something like this.

  3. Bryana Natale

    August 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    ps- I saw that Fall Out Boy/New Politics show with Paramore in Camden, NJ and it was awesome, but at least you both saved money lol.

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