I just knew about Youtube Fanfest few weeks ago. On 23 October Youtube Fanfest Indonesia #YTFFID was held at Gandaria City. Wow. I checked the website and found many Youtube artists were participated to make it cool. They were SkinnyIndonesia24, Sam Tsui, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Bethany Mota, GAC (Gamaliel, Audrey, Cantika), Eka Gustiawana, Edho Zell, Mike Tompkins, Macy Kate, Indovidgram, The Overtunes, Jakarta BeatBox, Cheryl Raissa, Linda Kayhz, Natasha Farani, Jebe & Patricia and Young Lex. Knowing that my favorite idol was one of the #YTFFID talent, I was so excited to watch it. I thought it was ticketless or maybe free. But when I check the website few days later, they said the tickets were sold out 😐 Okay. May be it’s not my luck.
So I moved on and forgot it. Until, my favorite idol posted this on his Instagram.
WHAT? GIVE AWAY TICKET? I WANT THAT! I SHOULD TRY TO GET THIS LUCK!!
The next day, I got an email that told me THAT I GOT THE TICKET! It wasn’t a ticket for general admission only, but also a ticket for MEET & GREET SAM TSUI!! D: The ticket was also for 2 persons. I was super-duper excited. I really like how he sing a song and how he bring himself. I really wanted to meet him but I had some problems. My parents couldn’t let me go by myself. The event will be at Gandaria City, which is at Jakarta Selatan. It takes around 2-3 hours from my home, Tangerang. It also would be finished around 10. I am also a freelance-employee at one of company at Jakarta Barat. I was afraid if I have lots of task to do. My sister, Kathlyn, cheered me up to not give up because we’ll never know when he will come to Indonesia where I able to meet him.
So I started to arrange a plan: who will I ask to accompany me, how to get there, how to get home and how to get permission to get home early from workplace. I told the details to my parents on Sunday. I had asked Ijun (my friend) to accompany me. Then, we will take bus Transjakarta. We will take the bus again and train to get home. Anyway, he’s an expert in Jakarta’s public transport. The sad thing I said to them was, “The Fanfest will be over at 10, but we’ll get out at 9. So you both shouldn’t be worried I get home too late.” Then, I got the permissions from them, also my editor. Tomorrow morning, I went to Kota Kasablanka/KoKas ― it was my first time to go to KoKas ― to exchange the ticket with #YTFFID wristbands. One step closer to the event 😀
Able to meet our favorite idol is a great thing, right? So, I started thinking what I can give to him beside the presence as a fan. I decided to make a drawing of him like what I usually do and finished it in 3 days. I really hope he likes it.
At the great day ― YESTERDAY ―I got the venue with my friend, Ijun. We were like a traveler because we didn’t know the place. Haha but we arrived on time at the hall and many people had already been there. Full of crews, youths and GIRLS ! :0 I could see some boys only. Everybody was on the line waiting for meet & greet their idols. Sometimes I heard people especially girls screamed like crazy and I was like “…oh my God”. It felt like trapped in teenagers’ club :))
After 20-30 minutes, some groups of fans was sent to the other room to meet their own idols. I saw some Youtube artists there. They look great, including Sam Tsui. I was on the line at the room and ….he was there! When it was like 4-5 people to go, my heart was beating up D: Wow. He is really here and I’ll greet him! But how long will we have to talk? Then, I found that wow, it was really fun to meet and greet him. Sam was very warm and friendly. We did shake hands and warm hugs. I also didn’t forget to give the present and he looked so happy! Who isn’t excited getting presents? I thanked him for the ticket and how I feel about that. I also asked about how many songs would he present that night. He said, “I’ll sing 3 songs …. the end of the show.” Hmm.. Not long after that, a man asked me, “Mbak, mau foto nggak?” which means, ” Miss, do you wanna take pictures or not?” Then I realized that my time was running out 😐 “Sure,” I answered. So I have this nice picture. Well, I wouldn’t ask him to kiss me or vice versa like some girls did. Haha warm hug is enough for me 🙂
After having Meet & Greet session and meals yeah ― we were hungry ― Ijun and I come back to the hall, waiting for the stage open. The hall had more people inside, and people kept coming through the entrance :0 We all wait the open gate at 7.30 pm. Then, the crew directed all of the fans to the festival well and wow.. This is what called “festival” :0 Lights everywhere. Hundreds of people everywhere. Music theme everywhere. Screams everywhere. The screen was also ready. We waited till all the fans came in, then waited for the lights turn dark & the music fade out. When they did, oh my God, people around me screamed louder. I just closed my ears and joined to scream :))
About one hour at the beginning, the festival was open by Edho Zell and Eka Gustiawana. Then, followed by Skinny Indonesia 24 (Jovial da Lopez & Andovi da Lopez), Chandra Liow, The Overtunes, Natasha Farani and Mike Tompkins. It was 9 pm and Sam Tsui hadn’t perform yet. Don’t say that what he said before was he’ll really be on stage at the last session till the end of the event. I thought he’ll perform at the middle and at the end. Maybe his fans was huge at the festival, that was why his perform was placed at the last session. I still feel sad because I couldn’t see him perform live. Couldn’t break my words to my parents to leave the Fanfest at 9 So I leave the party earlier with Ijun. Cheered myself that at least I could meet him personally and said how happy I was to be there.
I got home at 11.15 and it was really tiring. But I know it was a great experience. I rarely come to music festival or music concert before, budget problem Unless I got free ticket from anyone it is possible to come. Beside the voices “AAAAAAAAAA…” drove me nuts, Youtube Fanfest Indonesia was really amazing!! Thank you so much for all crews, talents and sponsors to make this happen and free of charge 😀