There are literally no words to describe this roadtrip. First because I had so much anticipation for the show that I was about to see. I had attended the Infruset tour before , but this time I knew that it would be different because it will be at the land of Mando Diao, Borlänge. Throughtout the whole trip, I had my headphones on, with a Mando diao and Sugarplum Fairy jam, both new and old songs.
The thing is that I had done this roadtrip once before, when I was at Peace and Love festival 2012. What can I say about the natural beauty of this land. The lakes, the little red houses, the sunlight, the endless magic that I felt all over the place.
When we finally arrived, all I cared about was to take a good spot and hold my camera tight. As we walked in, I found out that no proffessional cameras were allowed, only pocket ones. So I had to shoot with my cell phone, equally okay I would say, but I feel more secure with my camera lately.
There was so much people, smiling, waiting for what was about to start. I once again couldn’t hold my feelings inside, I smiled to everyone I saw, like I kind of recognized that I am finally here. I can’t really explain how I felt, there were so many emotions, happiness, anticipation, relief, excitement, soul –searching, happiness for myself and my dreams, some moments I wanted to break down into tears, some moments I wanted to hug every single person in the park, so lots of different and mixed feelings.
When finally the moment arrived and Mando came up on stage, it was so beautiful and amazing like I thought it would be. There was so much silence in between the songs, just like everyone was hanging by the band’s words. I have not seen that before in a show. So much respect and appreciation by the audience.
Somewhere in the middle of the show, Viktor Noren came up on stage and sang with Gustaf Sugarplum fairy’s hit ” Sweet Jackie” as a dedication to the band’s member Kristian, who is suffering from cancer and was not able to play with Sugarplum fairy that night.
I used to listen to that song when I was 15 and watch these guys in their leather jackets on german MTV, because this MTV was the only free- available back in the days that I lived in my hometown. Being able to listen to that song now, live , in both of my favourite bands’ hometown, it felt finally like one of my biggest goals has been achieved. I felt relieved and also grateful for life. It also felt magical. Like the time had stopped and there was noone else in the room, just a stage with Gustaf playing the piano and Viktor singing.
A while before the show ended, the guys played ”God knows”, ”Gloria” and ”Dance with somebody”. At that point there was so much fun to see both the band and the audience enjoyed the show so much. Jumping, dancing, singing along, so amazing. Flashing lights, energy, smiles, ”Borlänge, ni är fantastiska”, so many heartbeats within every second. For me, for music, for my sister who has been with me and Mando music since day one, for Sweden, for Borlänge, for life.
When the show finally ended, I didn’t really want to come back to Stockholm, but I had to. On our way back, as the night had come, I didn’t want to fall asleep, but to have Mando and Sugarplum in my headphones, specially old ballads (”Crystal” , one of my favourites) and just watch our car go by these beautiful lakes, the little Borlänge houses inside the woods, and realise that one part of me and my love for music has been left behind, at this little town that I wanted to visit since I was 15, this little town that has raised my two favourite bands, to who I owe so much and will always be grateful for.
Once again thank you, if I haven’t already said that so much this summer, and also thank you for being so professional with your work. I can gladly say that it is bands like you who make people believe in music and have hope in the every day life. I love you Mando, hope to see you soon again, hopefully in your hometown.
Here are the moments captured on my i Phone 5 camera, let me know what you think on the comment area below and how you felt if you have been part of this these two days! 😀
Jump and touch the sky 😀