I’ll be honest, this was the showcase that I was most looking forward to. Oh don’t get me wrong, I was looking forward to them all but there is nothing like seeing live music outside. Add into the mix my Canadian fondness for drinking on patios (for our non-Canadian readers, Canadians love patios and as soon as the weather warms up to double digits, we spend a significant portion of our free time on them… myself included). And the fact that it was No Brain and YB playing… yeah, this showcase was going to rock.
And it did! But since no one wants to read me fangirl – yes, even I have a limit. ^^ I thought I’d do a pictorial review instead. Yep, instead of me telling you how much the show rocked, let me show you.
But first, a little background info on the showcase. It was the first ever V-ROX Festival showcase at South by Southwest (SXSW). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the V-ROX Festival, the full name is the Vladivostok Rocks Festival (in Vladivostok, Russia) and its showcase at SXSW featured a mix of Russian and East Asian bands including No Brain and YB.
YB at the V-ROX Showcase
I was expecting good things from this showcase and it was so much more. In addition to seeing No Brain for the third time this year at SXSW – yay! – I was able to see YB again – always fun – and check out a host of other bands from Russia, Japan and China. The weather finally cleared up (it had been raining earlier) and it was actually a lovely night filled with great music on a patio. Fabulous music on a patio, what’s not to love? But seriously, both YB and No Brain put on an amazing show with lots of energy and crowd interactions.
Writing simply as a music fan rather than a music writer, it was my favourite show as all the elements of a great concert came together. I liked the venue, the weather/temperature was comfortable and the music rocked. Plus, while there was a nice-sized crowd, I was never jockeying for space or getting bumped.
Writing as a music writer, I agree with my inner fan. ^^ Seriously, it was a fabulous show and being so close to the stage – I could have reached out and touched the musicians – led to some amazing shots. And I can’t stress enough, how good the music was – whether I’m writing as a fan or a writer.
Unfortunately, the night had to come to a close… but what a night it was! Fantastic show… on a patio… with my fav Korean band (No Brain). So much fun, yay! I sound like a broken record but it’s true.
Did you see YB and No Brain at the V-ROX Showcase at SXSW? What did you think of their performances? We’d love to hear from you!