By now, its been made abundantly clear that Immortal Music will be attending the 2014 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival. It is said to be 'abundantly clear' because it appears as though this website cannot shut up about it.
As it stands right this moment, as this blog is being written, the show is just four days away. Now is when the nerves start to set in, as hiccups begin to arise. Everything has been going smoothly -until the evening of August 25. Do Monday's always have to be a drag? This particular Monday went swimmingly during the day, even involving Uproar. Some supplies, such as water bottles that will be frozen and granola bars were purchased, and interview questions were written out.
And then, several emails came into the inbox. The first, was from the press person for the over all Uproar Festival. She is a wonderfully nice woman, who Immortal Music has spoken with several times previously in the past. She stated that due to limitations set by Livenation, and room in the pit, not everyone would be allowed photo passes. One of the ones disallowed, is Immortal Music. This is not only disappointing, but caused quite a few worries.
The photo pass, while its only true purpose is to allow photographers and journalists to step in front of the barricade for the first three songs, also serves as a semi imaginary purpose. It can stand as a visual aid to security guards that you are indeed allowed to go back to the bus area, ect for journalist reasons. This happened to me once in 2012, at Uproar infact. I had a hell of a time getting to the bus, because I was given the wrong contact information for the band's tour manager, and they were telling me once I left, I could not come back. Thankfully, that all got sorted out when Redlight King's tour manager walked by and escorted me to the tour bus for my interview. Then coming back in though, the security guards were trying to stick to the "No re-entry rule", and the security guard ultimately said I could go in partly because she saw my pass and how geniunely upset I was over the fact that she was not letting me back into the show. This time, something will be done differently -someone will escort me back, just so I know I am safe.
So, okay, once I wiped the scenerios out of my head involving security saying I'm not allowed to get to my interviews because I don't have a pass, I realized that is just a minor disappointment. That being said, I did email the press woman about my fears, and she did promise to try to get me to a pass. She just, sadly, was not able to. Its understandable, these things happen, but that does not detract from the disappointment any.
Then I moved onto my other emails, and saw two others invovled Uproar. Both were interview requests, but one worried me. One was from Escape The Fate -cool, right? Escape The Fate's press person came to me, asking if I'd like to do an interview. It'd be quite unreal -except a month ago, I had it 'confirmed' that I'd be interviewing Escape The Fate at 6pm at the show. I was also given the tour manager's phone number and all that. I thought everything was squared away, and set in stone. So, having realized the man that I previously spoke with about Escape The Fate clearly forgot we had this all scheduled scared the hell out me.
So, I emailed him back stating I already was greatly anticipating my interview with Escape The Fate, and forwarded him his own email where he said it was confirmed for six pm on August 30. I also asked if he could answer me as soon as possible, just in case anything had changed. There was some hope that I'd wake up this morning to an email saying something along the lines of, "Sorry, that got lost somewhere in the shuffle of things. You still have an interview at 6 o'clock on August 30 with Escape The Fate. Call the tour manager so they can escort you to the bus."
No such luck.
As of right this moment, we don't know where we stand with Escape The Fate. Hopefully, they get back to me as soon as possible and stick to the plan or re-schedule the time for the same day. Because frankly, this is an interview that's been on my "dream interviews" list since I started doing this thing three years ago. Fun fact! I decided to give journalism and interviewing a shot, right about the same time I saw Escape The Fate for the first time in 2011. And the first interview I ever did was the guitarist for Drive A, who I met at the show I just mentioned! I actually tried to get Drive A to put in a good word with Escape The Fate for me, but they never did it. So, this has been a long time coming and I am greatly looking forward to this. Not to mention, I am nervous now that it might not actually happen now. I'm hoping they get back to me sometime today, and then let me know its still on and everything's good.
Along with that email, came one from the press person for Sons Of Reverly. They were offering up an interview before or after their set, which will be at 2:55pm, and i admit -I had never heard their music until I recieved this email. I decided to give them a shot, and I actually was greatly impressed! Even more so when I heard the quality of their music, and to find out they have under 4,000 likes on Facebook. They are actually the Uproar Battle Of The Bands winner, which honestly is something I must congratulate them on. I know how hard that is to get, from personal experience so I will end up congratulating them on getting in.
Plus, I realized as I was typing this up that I was supposed to check in again with Within Reason's press person for furture details at the end of July. I forgot all together! That's honestly because, this is my second interview with them, and when I did it previously, I had no contact information so I just ended up walking up to their merch tent and asking Chris Dow (their singer) about the interview. To which, we did, under the merch tent, while I was sitting on someone else's merch box, that honestly looked like a tool box. I kind of figured I'd just be doing that again, but then it dawned on me that I still don't have any contact information just in case. So I went to do that and saw an old email where I said I'd touch base with him at the end of July. I feel so irresponsible for forgetting! I started work near the beginning of July, and have frankly, been busy as hell ever since. I've talked about it enough here on the website, I don't need to explain again.
So...I'm stressed out about Uproar, and am just hoping it all works out. I will still be going, even if nothing happens. You will also be getting a festival essentials video on Sunday, August 31. That's going to be pre-filmed, so there will be no Uproar related stories in that as nothing happened yet. That same day, you will get a blog about the entire experience and any pictures I took. All the pictures will go up on the Facebook page, and select ones will be included in the blog. Then Monday, if the interviews happen, you'll get at least one interview and others will follow through out the week. One may be in place of a normally scheduled video, or it may not be. We shall see.
Its all up in the air right now, and I'm not okay with that. Oh, by the way, I found the set times for this show. The website has them all listed for each date on the website. Here they are, in reverse order of when they post. On the main stage will be Godsmack at 9:25 PM, Seether at 8:05 PM, Pop Evil at 7:15 PM, and These Raven Skies will be opening the main stage at 6:45 PM. The small stage lineup is Buckcherry at 5:30 PM, Escape The Fate at 4:40 PM, Within Reason at 4:05 PM, Tattered at 3:30 PM, Sons of Revelry at 2:55 PM, and the Battle Band Winner at 2:25 PM will be opening the day.
This should prove to be an interesting day, and hopefully I will vlog it all. That'll be uploaded at some point during the week as well. I feel I should also mention that postings all over might become slightly sparce over the next week as I work a ton this coming week. So bare with me.
Thank you again for all your support. I appreciate it a lot, and look forward to posting all the Uproar festivities
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