Mini Note #5: Enhypen would be a hit at Bamboozle

Mini Note #5: Enhypen would be a hit at Bamboozle
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This is one of several mini notes, more intimate, random musings.

The first music festival I ever went to, I left before the headliners played. It was 2008, and I was too cool (and dumb) for Panic! At The Disco's Pretty.Odd album. Instead, my friends and I decided to leave before their 9:30 Bamboozle headlining set, trying to avoid the traffic hell to get out of the Meadowlands parking lot.

What idiots we were; I eventually grew to really enjoy that album. I also didn't, in my teenagehood, understand that headlining a music festival meant that P!ATD wouldn't only be playing their songs from the latest album. A Fever You Can't Sweat Out was a monumental, industry shaking album, and I have regrets.

But, regrets aside for never getting to see P!ATD live, going to Bamboozle was a formative day for me. I got to see both of my then-favorite bands perform, The Hush Sound and Cobra Starship, and learned how not to lose a shoe in a pit at 1pm. I also learned about the kindness of strangers at concerts, when someone found my friend's lost phone and met us halfway across the giant venue grounds rather.

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For the record, I have never lost a shoe or phone at a concert since. And, please all things holy, I never will again.

Looking back at the setlist from that day, it was a real win for my high school music-loving self: I owned albums by over half the bands in attendance. These were artists I spent my life listening to.

It was also, hilariously enough, the beginning of the end of this love affair. It was just about the same moment that I first started listening to K-pop: Bamboozle 2008 took place on May 4, and the first K-pop song I recall encountering was Wonder Girls' "So Hot," out on May 22, 2008.

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