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Sun, 25 Jan 2009
Sun, 25 Jan 2009 - 18:53 GMT
- ATB in Bulgaria or one PERSON in one "country"
This is a short story about the life, the universe, Bulgaria and everything else.
And so, ATB was invited by Eurofootball because of their 15th anniversary, which was going to be celebrated at Cacao Beach in Sunny Coast. All the advertisings, posters and the official site were saying the following:
LIFE & ENERGY party. The essence of the party-as the Eurofootball calls it -; will start at 22:30h on the beach itself in front of the Cacao Beach Bar. The 15 hours of music should end at 04:00h on the 31.08.2008, but the company arranged other DJs until 07:00h. The star of this concert is the world-wide famous DJ ATB who will start his show around midnight. Before him the spirits will be heated up by other popular and well-known artist: Velvet, Crystal Waters and the winner of Eurovision 2007 in Bulgaria - Elitsa Todorova. The dance group "Model" and the fire formation "Nim" will take care of the daring look of the stage. The entrance will be free for everyone willing to watch.
The entrance is free... Bow-wow! What a Deal! Here we are at 22:00 in Saturday evening: me, my girlfriend and the VW Golf in front of Cacao Beach, Sunny Coast. Walking with light steps and with the breeze in our hairs, we`re heading to the entrance of the club. The first thing that I noticed was the weird fences all around the so-called "club". These were of those fences that usually the police put around the House of Parliament when a crowd of very unhappy people is expected to come and demolish the relevant government building. There was something wrong with this pizza. We found the entrance which was guarded by the usual guys in big-size black suits.
- Good evening.
- Good evening. Can we come in?
- Yes, of course. Do you have an invitation?
- What invitation? Isn`t the entrance free?
- Yes, it`s free but only for the VIP guests!
- I see. You may proceed to the back of the club beyond the fences; from there you can watch the show.
- Hmmm... Now can we?!
In the back, air-opened part of the club was built a stage. The back of this stage was looking straight to the place that was assigned for all the enthusiastic people like us. Of course, there were fences between us and the stage. The place from where DJ ATB should be spinning was in the closed part of the club. And it was impossible for us to see anything on that part of the stage from the place that was assigned to us. There were only fences and the back-stage for us... we couldn`t see any further. However, we thought that maybe the show would be performed on the opened part of the stage, so that we could see something... maybe some tuft of the ATB hair. Lots of people gathered... I think there were about 600-700 people. They were all very cheerful people who came from all over the country to see ATB. Some rumours started to spread that we`ll be lucky if we even see any part of the famous DJ. And so, the VIP guests were entering and sitting comfortably, while we waited on foot. I`m absolutely sure that 89% of them didn`;t know that ATB even exists, nor they listed to that kind of music, but after all what can they do? They were simply invited to the party of Eurofootball... just like we were invited... because the advertisings were saying "everyone who`s willing to come".
The show started. On the stage one after another appeared Velvet and Crystal Waters, performing some of their best hits. It was easy to tell that there was some nervousness in them. All of them were a bit surprised by the split up of the public. They had lustrous VIP guests in front, and fences and 600 jumping and having fun fans behind. Apparently, they were informed that the people in front are the ones that they should entertain, and therefore be paid for. And it was exactly like this... Most of the time, they were singing their songs with the backs toward us and from time to time they were turning around, maybe because of some uncomfortable feeling. This wasn`t a problem for all the jumping fans, we were simply happy to be there and we danced in our bliss; the VIP guests weren`t so enthusiastic... Those 89% were just watching and drinking their beverages... As if they were wondering: "Jeez, this bloody music has nothing to do with the cool Painer concerts! Bloody hell, what am I doing here?"
And so Velvet and Crystal Waters finished their "job"... It was already midnight and we were all waiting the reason of our coming - ATB... But ATB wasn`t there... and he wasn`t, and he wasn`t... He wasn`t there at 00:30... and at 01:00 he still wasn`t there. I should clarify that during the entire so-called "program", nobody ever spoke on the microphone, and nobody ever said who`s getting on the stage or whatever other information. A complete ignorance! And I`m talking about artist from a world-wide class! At 01:10 ATB still wasn`t there. Some of the cheerful people outside were still dancing on the music; others were wandering around the club and the fences, trying to find out some information about what`s happening... But there was no information! Some of the people started to leave. And then the hour has come!! I think it was 01:30. A guy running out of nowhere just crushed into the crowd of jolly people and started talking that ATB didn`t want to start his performance before all of us were let inside the club!!!! And so, we were all supposed to just go to the entrance and get in! The rumour spread like VW Golf through flock of mosquitoes and everybody rushed to the entrance!!! Commotion. Glee. How come?... Why? BRAVO!!!!!! MIRACLE! And it goes like this... ATB saw what&`s happening, that the people who really appreciate him and who came with the only hope of seeing him, won`t have this opportunity. He understood that he was going to play only for a chosen number of people who even didn&`t know his name or his face.... He denied! He refused to do it. He said that he`ll play only on one condition - our entrance in the club: we enter the club, he gets on the stage. He risked even his delinquency of the fee; he risked to fail the whole program. A chalga-singer`s fee is 5000 lev (the chalga is unlistenable music with senseless lyrics, often stolen from the Greek or Serbian music; the female singers are absolutely bimbos, and the male singers usually are gay), but this man`s fee is about 50 000 maybe, I don`t know. This is something big... To risk so much for a few people, few people who love and worship you. This is the Man. A man who doesn`t make music only for the money, but also for the people, for the idea, for the feelings you have while you listen to his music. And we all felt it that night. It was something that was above everything else. Bravo!!!!!!!!!! I love him as a DJ, and now I love him as a person!
We all went to the entrance, and the poor bodyguards didn`t know which way to turn. They started to check us for weapons, which took a while. Inside there were already about 30% of the fans. We gathered around the bar where the DJs spin and we waited. It was a wicked picture: all the fans were entering and the VIP guests were quietly leaving with some panic in their eyes. The waiters were cleaning up the tables; they were taking all the edible and drinkable stuff - glasses, chips, nuts... It was indeed a funny picture. At that very moment a person with white T-shirt and a black jacket passed by me. It was Him! Like I said before, a small part of the cheerful people was already inside, while the others were outside, getting checked for weapons and land mines. And from this small part of people a roar started! As if there was a whole stadium with jolly and happy people... it was madness, real MADNESS! And so, the concert was about to start. And from outside the rest majority of disarmed fans were still entering...... And it started. Everyone was giving 100% from themselves: so did ATB, and so did his small yet big public! Small because we were 400, yet big because we sounded like 4 000. These were 3 amazing hours of giving all that you got. I won`t describe it, because it`s impossible, and also because I already wrote too much. At the end of his performance, ATB got off the stage and shook hands with everyone who was lucky enough to be near the bar. I was able to hear a brief conversation that he had with some person. ATB told him that he was fascinated by what happened. I truly hope he did, because in Romania he already held 3 concerts, meanwhile this one was his first in Bulgaria, and this same first concert was almost fizzled out.
I`ll stop here. You can make by yourselves the conclusions. For me it was just.... Like Faithless says in one of his biggest hits........... God is a DJ. ATB simply gave a good lesson to the "heroes" of today`s Bulgaria (the gentlemen with the big money and the black Mercedes) that not everything can be bought and that the money has no meaning when compared to the real-life things!
Sofia / Bulgaria
Sat, 01 Nov 2008
Tue, 27 Jan 2009 - 08:09 GMT
Agree with you...
Hope that fault won't affect any future ATB bookings in our country!