A few weeks ago, me and my friends went to Mexefest, a festival organised in several venues around Avenida de Liberdade in Lisbon. The concept of the festival is showing lots of bands in several small venues, unfortunately resulting in the fact that if you want to see a band, you have to get their early and wait in line for at least an hour. The first day, we were only 45 minutes early, which resulted in us standing in line for almost two hours to see Alt-J, until the concert was over. Mexefest – people: 1 – 0. This almost ruined our night, since we didn’t get to see Cody Chesnutt either (we were still standing in line for Alt-J while we already should’ve went to the venue were Cody Chesnutt was playing to wait in yet another line), luckily the good company and the small part we got to see of Gala Drop, followed by a dj-set of Trus’me compensated it a little bit.
The next day we were smarter and we went to the Tivoli theatre two hours before the place opened with food and drinks. We were the first ones to arrive, but only 15 minutes later there was already a huge queue. Anyway, this day we did get to see what we wanted to see: Michael Kiwanuka (wonderful concert, but no pictures allowed), Django Django (equally amazing), Efterklang (we snuck out quite soon since the circumstances were making us fall asleep: a dark, hot movie theatre with really comfy seats) and Moodymann (great dj set). So at least our 40 euro ticket was worth half of it’s price! (Can you still sense a tiny bit of frustration here? Portuguese organization… Don’t get me wrong, I think 40 euros is a fair price for the bands we did get to see, but paying that much money and not getting into the show that was the reason you bought the ticket… Not cool.)
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