Wow, March already?! Yesterday was my high school’s graduation ceremony. I was running on three and a half hours of sleep. Needless to say, it was a struggle to stay awake. But the lack of sleep was so worth it because Trevor and I got to see one of our favorite bands Yellowcard play one last time in Osaka. Last year, Yellowcard announced that they would be disbanding 😦 Upon hearing that, we knew we had to see them one more time. This would also give us the opportunity to experience what a rock concert in Japan would be like…
Buying concert tickets
For lucky peeps who have the luxury of living next to a convenience store, buying concert tickets can be way easier to buy than back home in the states. Since Trevor and I pretty much live in the middle of nowhere however, we didn’t have access to that kind of convenience. We were to get our tickets via a Japanese e-ticket site where you could have them sent to your home through mail… but both our Visa cards couldn’t be used on the site (same problem we ran into when we tried to pre-order Nintendo Switch) so we pretty much had no choice but to print our reservations online, and then go to a convenience store to buy and then receive our actual tickets.
There are many chains of convenience stores in Japan: 7-Eleven, Family Mart, Lawson, and Circle K just to name a few. But the Yellowcard tickets we were ready to buy could only be bought at a 7-Eleven or a Family Mart. There are no chain convenience stores in the village we live in, and the nearest convenience store which was already an hour away was a Lawson. For us, the nearest Family Mart was about an hour and half drive away in Tanabe, Wakayama. 😦
But like I said before… buying concert tickets would have been easier if we lived close to a convenience store. Because once we got there, we asked a store employee about our tickets and she led us to a little machine that had us input our confirmation number and print out some sort of form. That form would then be used at the counter where we would pay for and then finally get our tickets!
Arriving at the Concert
Yellowcard’s concert was held at Club Quattro Umeda in Osaka. Before doors opened, people were already getting ready… by taking the elevator to the 10th floor of the building. This came as a surprise to us because we’ve never been to a venue that was inside another building. We took the elevator up to the 10th floor… only to go back down many flights of stairs to stand in line.
So here’s the interesting thing about tickets here in Japan. Each ticket has a number on it, which acts as your queue number. So essentially, if you were one of the first 100 people to buy a ticket, you would stand closer in line to the door than you would if your ticket number was somewhere in the 500’s. Our ticket numbers were in the 530’s, so we had to go down eight flights of stairs to where we were supposed to wait… and then once doors opened, we would have to climb back up them to get inside. Not complaining too bad though… we were lucky to get tickets since this show sold out!
There’s this common misconception that Japanese people are “too polite.” At the movies for example, it’s not surprising that the audience would be dead silent throughout the entire movie, and for special cases like Star Wars Force Awakens, stay seated until the credits finished. I don’t know who or where I heard it from, but they say that at concerts, Japanese people are very polite, and are seldom rowdy.
Yeah, that was not the case here. But if anything, the environment and atmosphere were much more enjoyable and bearable than back in the States. Yes, there were people moshing and there were crowd-surfers. But what was really nice, was that there were maybe only two cellphones I saw in the crowd, recording the performance. Compare that to back home where it would feel like almost everyone would have their cellphone out. The people who were there were there to enjoy the performance, and everyone looked like they were having such a good time. I thought it was really cool too to see how diverse the crowd was. We were on the floor and every now and then I saw a mother, a father, a grandpa, genuinely dancing, jumping, just like the younger crowd surrounding them. Trevor noticed a man who looked to be in his 30’s, rocking out to Paramore during the band’s setup.
I didn’t think I would have so much fun… The tickets were crazy expensive (7000 yen each), the venue was tiny, it was hard to navigate within the crowd, it was ridiculous to have to pay 500 yen each for a required drink ticket, but overall? Probably the best concert I’ve ever been to. Even though at the end of the night, we had to commute by a 45 minute train ride back to the parking lot and drive two and a half hours back to the village and didn’t get home until 3 in the morning… it was all worth it to see Yellowcard play one more time.
Here are some of the songs they played! I tried looking for a setlist but it looks like some sites haven’t updated it yet… This isn’t in any particular order, I just typed them down as I was trying to remember 😦 The encore though was easy to remember. I know I missed some songs, so this isn’t the complete list! (And it’s not in the right order) They played more than 20 songs!
Lights and Sounds
Light Up the Sky
Sing For Me
Be The Young
Hang You Up
Lift a Sail
Rest in Peace
With You Around
Five Becomes Four
A Place We Set Afire
Trevor and I have seen Yellowcard perform live twice in the past years. (The first time at Warped Tour, and the second when they were promoting their Lift a Sail album) Since moving to Japan, we were wondering when we would get the chance to see one of our favorite bands play again. This was such an amazing opportunity for us to watch these guys perform one last time… Yellowcard, thank you so much for finishing up your world tour in Japan! We’ll miss you!!! ❤