So I want to start this off by saying how incredible these past few days have been.. Everyone knows how I feel about Glee & Darren and I was over the moon excited to go to London to see the concert.
Also, let me tell you guys that I’m usually never lucky. Never, ever.
So we got to London on the 28th and were strolling down the Strand for a bit when I realized something looked familiar.. I was staying at the Strand Palace hotel and across the street is the Savoy Hotel, a big ass fancy place. I saw a lot of people waiting outside so me and my mom went over to see what the fuss was about, and that’s when I realized it was the same place Darren had gone out a day earlier to sign autographs for fans (I saw the video on tumblr the night before I left). The cast was staying at the hotel across the street from me! Like, WHAT ARE THE ODDS?!
Anyway, I didn’t think I’d get to meet anyone there because well, I was with my mom and I couldn’t exactly abandon her and wait outside their hotel all day.. Part of me wanted to though, haha. The next day, after we left our hotel in the morning, we decided to head over there for like a minute to talk to some of the people who had been there for a while already. One minute turned into about ten and then everyone was screaming and freaking out all off a sudden.
Of ALL PEOPLE
Off all the cast members who were staying there, Darren fucking Criss comes out and gets into a taxi.
Of ALL people, my favorite guy comes out and I’m like, freaking out.
So we waited for his car to drive by us, and when he did he rolled his window down so he could say hi really quick and wave at the fans.. I was on the end of the line, kinda, so when he drove by me he noticed and pointed at my pink sunnies, gave me a thumbs up and then waved at me before the taxi drove off completely.
That’s from when he drove by!
Alright, let’s move on to the concert. We got to the venue, checked into the pre-party, got our goodie bag (which had a binder, slushie cup, program and a warblers tie), listened to Glee music and did a quiz. I knew 8 out of 10 question and looked up the other two on the internet really quick, lol. I ended up tying first place with 5 other teams. Then the people with M&G passes were asked to get together and we were led to this room that had a small stage.
Now, ofcourse I really wanted to meet Darren.. but I’d told myself not to get my hopes up too much. I’d prpared myself for him to not be there cause I knew he’d already done a lot of M&G’s (he already did 2 or 3 in London so I wasn’t counting on it). And honestly, just to be given the chance to meet anyone in the cast was amazing enough.
We were queued along the wall, and from where I was standing I had a good view of this door where I assumed the cast was waiting behind to come out. The door went open just a little bit when I saw a quick flash of dark curls peeking from behind the door and I was like OMG NO WAY.
No. Freaking. Way.
Then the door opened completely and yep.. Darren walked out.
Holy crap. I just couldn’t believe he was actually there! It was so surreal to actually see him up there, I can’t put it to words.. it was weird and amazing at the same time.
Now, I’m not gonna lie. The meet and greet was pretty rushed.. I was told to expect it and I had prepared myself for it so overall I didn’t mind that much. I was too starstruck to have had a decent conversation anyway! I walked up to Harry first, shook his hand and introduced myself. He was really nice but now that I look back on it I’m sad I didn’t say anything else to Harry. He’s such a lovely guy but I think I was bit too excited about Darren who was just.. standing there, looking at me. So I quickly moved over to Darren and introduced myself as well. He smiled and replied with “Oh hi Joy!”. Y’know, in that cute, exciting voice he does? haha. He noticed my sunglasses and said “Oh man I’m loving your pink shades! Awesome!” and I was like AFHJKHAKL oh my gosh. Then we had to pose for out picture, he had his hand on my back the entire time.. so I was dying on the inside. When security was urging us to get of the stage I stayed on it for a little while longer so I could tell him I’m going to one of his shows the next week and he got this big grin on his face and said “Oh, SWEET man! Thanks so much! See you there!”.
I swear, even if it was rushed, they were the sweetest and so, so nice. It was incredible. When I grabbed my bags and went outside, I felt like crying because I was so excited and overwhelmed, it’s hard to put it to words.
The picture:(my mom didn’t want her picture on the internet so I had to cut her & Harry out. If you want to see the whole thing, shoot me a message!)
On to the actual concert! We had the most amazing seats ever! I didn’t know were my seats where until I actually got there.. As if we weren’t lucky enough to have seen/met Darren twice in 2 days, I also ended up getting the exact seats I wanted! We were in Pit B (the right one) on the second row, right next to the catwalk.
I’m never this lucky.
From where we were sitting, we saw the cast get on and off the stage a lot. They were really interactive with us and waved a lot :)
The show itself was amazing, so, so amazing. Security was super strict though, they wouldn’t let us record anything so I took a lot of pictures instead. The concert had me on my feet the entire time, screaming and jumping up and down, singing along on the top of my lungs.
I even got to touch Chris’ hand during I Want To Hold Your Hand! He came over to reach out to us, so I rushed past my mom who had the aisle seat to take his hand (even though it only lasted 2 seconds before the security guy rudely pushed me back to my seat).
CHRIS COLFER HELD MY HAND.
Chris was so adorable during the song and his voice blew me away. Really great performance.
I could go over how amazing each and every one of them were and go over the songs one by one but it would take me too long.. They were so amazing and oh gosh I can’t believe it’s over already.. I had the best time.
Naya was sick, but I have to admit I I didn’t actually notice she was missing until Amber mentioned she was abcent. Oops? I guess I was too busy looking at Chris the entire show. Amber still performed the duet (River Deep, Mountain High) by herself which she killed. So good. Jenna also came out to sing True Colors, which was amazing, to make up for missing Naya’s solo, Valerie.
Darren was fantastic. Just fantasic, amazing, no words can describe my love for this man. I just can’t. I didn’t get to see much of him during the Warblers set because they started out on the small stage, and once they got us he kept moving around a lot, but I didn’t mind. I was so pumped and full of energy I just kept jumping up and down and singing along. I got to see plenty more of him when he joined for the group numbers! (The skit was hilarious. It was the one with the paper plates!) Darren also came out during Safety Dance and him & Riker were in front of me the. entire. fucking. time. I swear those guys were being so silly and cute, oh my gosh. I managed to snap this fucking adorable picture of Darren that ‘ll post tomorrow (along with the rest of my pictures!)
And that’s about it.. I guess! I just had the most amazing time, and all these incredible things happened to me that I thought never would. OH! Also, Joe Jonas ended up staying at the Savoy Hotel across the street.. LIKE WHAT. I’m gonna go die now, k?
Best week ever.
And to top it all off, I get to see darren’s lovely face again in just 3 days. #omg