I didn’t have time to check out and translate what I saw about Peace and Love Festival on tweets and internet yesterday, so I saw it today on the newspaper. The first sentence I read was “2012 was the last year of Peace and Love festival”. My mind went insane for so many reasons but most of all because I realized what I had managed to do without even knowing it. I managed to go to the last Peace and Love festival , that took place last year in Borlänge. That day was one of the best days of my life. The emotions were way too many and they cannot be expressed in actual words. But I will give it a shot.
The thing is we wanted to see Hoffmaestro live in one of the biggest festivals in this land. I was familiar with Peace and Love ever since I lived in Greece. I had watched so many videos on youtube by Mando Diao who performed live there so many times. So I didn’t spend any money, but save all of it for there and for the train tickets. We took the train early morning so we were there around 13.00.
When we arrived, we had no idea which direction we should go , so that we find the entrance. I also had no clue that there are 5 different stages. I thought there was only one. So we kept rolling around town, in the little streets of Borlänge for almost 3 hours. There was people everywhere, literally everywhere. The streets, the stores, the balconies, everywhere. Everyone I asked for directions kept saying “follow the crowd”. The thing is that there was crowd everywhere! After almost 3 , 5 hours we find the main entrance, because we had to turn our tickets into bracelets. Once we do that, we are officially in. There was little merchandize stores, music coming from everywhere and food. We waited for the time to pass so that we can take a good place in the crowd before Hoffmaestro start playing. We also saw live around 17.00 Sugarplum Fairy, in a smaller stage. Around 19.00, the crowd started gathering and I realize that the big moment is about to come. Lighs, stamina, action, a helicopter on the air showing proudly the number of the tickets sold that year on P n’ L and a big screen about to start showing the show. Once Hoffmaestro came out, jumping and screaming were the main things that were all over the place.
What I didn’t see coming was that, a little while before the show ends, Jerry Hoff comes jumping right next to me. Literally right next to me. I didn’t really see him coming, but I started feeling so much pressure by people pushing me and pulling me so hard, not in a good way. Then I pull my head up and I see him right in front of me, with two guards holding him from his pants. The only thing I was able to do, was to move my wrist and fingers. So, since I already had the camera in my hands, I press the button and take two pics that will remain in my history. Hahaha! I am so proud of these pictures, like they are something precious along with all the experience. Once the Hoffmaestro show was done, we were about to leave since we were not going to stay there for the night.
Peace and Love is one of the experiences everyone had to live. While I was leaving , I kept thinking that the next time I go there, it will be because I will be working with some artist that will perform there. I unfortunately won’t have this chance, since this was the last year Peace and Love took place. But what I will always remember is that I managed to go in one of this land’s biggest festivals, seeing two of my favorite bands performing live and know that I managed to do something great for myself and my love for music.