GO ROBBIE, GO ROBBIE, GO!

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Concertul lui Robbie Williams de la Bucuresti a fost unul dintre cele mai discutate subiecte in acest sfarsit de saptamana, cel putin pe retelele de social media. Era si normal, avand in vedere ca Robbie s-a lasat asteptat pana acum in Romania. A meritat insa pe deplin.

Am citit de bine despre Robbie si despre prestatia sa. Englezul s-a simtit super la Bucuresti si s-a vazut asta. Show-urile sale oricum sunt spectaculoase prin definitie. Nu e o voce anonima, stie sa lucreze cu publicul si sa transmita din energia sa dincolo de scena.

News of the week: Robbie Williams finally performed in Bucharest. Oh, how I was waiting for him. And oh, how the world gossiped after the event; it was one of the most popular topics on social media platforms. It was normal, Robbie waited too long to visit us. But the wait was well worth it.
People talked good and bad about Robbie’s performance. For me there’s no doubt: I loved it. The whole show lived up to my expectations. Robbie felt good on stage and you could see that. He is known for his spectacular performances; besides sending emotions trough his songs he is also funny, knows how to interact with the crowd and how to send his energy beyond the stage.

 

Too much for words. #robbiewilliams #bucuresti #bucharest #Romania

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Iata si lista pieselor de la Bucuresti. Ths was the Bucharest setlist.

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Am avut bilete la Diamond Circle de unde l-am vazut si l-am auzit perfect; eu nu pot sa ma plang de calitatea sunetului, am inteles insa ca la peluza au fost ceva probleme. Am petrecut doua ore (plus alte trei de asteptare) de neuitat. Aglomeratia si caldura teribila nici n-au mai contat .

Daca prestatia lui Robbie a fost ireprosabila, nu la fel de bine s-au comportat organizatorii. Nu o sa compar concertul lui Robbie de la Bucuresti cu cel de la Manchester de acum doi ani, despre care puteti citi aici. Acolo e alta lume, alta cultura, la chioscurile cu bauturi se plateste cash iar la final sute de autobuze te asteapta alinitate la iesire ca sa te duca acasa. E Anglia … sa fac o comparatie ar fi imposibil.

La Bucuresti totul a fost tipic romanesc:

  • aglomeratie la iesire (asta se intampla si la meciurile importante de fotbal)

Din mentalitatea romanului (care vrea sa fie primul in autobuz, la coada, la iesire…) combinata cu prostia organizatorilor nu poate iesi decat o mare imbulzeala. La intrare nu stiu cum a fost, pentru ca am ajuns extrem de devreme la concert.

  • cozi interminanile pentru bauturi. Fie ca sistemul e pe baza de card sau jetoane … eu nu il inteleg. Lasa omul sa cumpere cu banul jos, ce castigi daca il fortezi sa stea la doua cozi? Din contra, de cele mai multe ori pierzi.

Eu nu pot sa ma plang, cand am ajuns nu am stat mai mult de 10 minute la coada.  Iar la plecare mi-am retras banii de pe cardul BT in aproximativ 15 minute. De mentionat e si faptul ca unele chioscuri erau ultra aglomerate, in timp ce chioscurile situate mai departe de iesire erau aproape libere. Norocul meu e si ca sunt rezistenta, 3-4 ore fara apa in caldura nu ma doboara. Au fost insa multi oameni care au lesinat.

Felicitari baietilor de la BGS care au impartit apa dupa cateva ore oamenilor din primele randuri. Din pacate ei nu aveau cum sa se ocupe de toata lumea.

  • evident transportul in comun dupa concert … inexistent, ca la orice eveniment de amploare din Bucuresti. Auto-piciorul e pana la urma cel mai sigur.

Surprinzator insa, nu aici am avut parte de cea mai proasta organizare. La concertul U2 de la Istanbul de acum cativa ani drumul spre stadionul Ataturk a fost un cosmar, avand in vedere ca pe vremea aceea linia de metrou usor nu era finalizata. Singura optiune: autobuzele si masinile personale, deci un drum ultra aglomerat si obositor.

I had Diamond Circle tickets and I saw and heard everything in perfect conditions; some said the sound quality was bad for the people in the back, but I can’t complain. I spent two unforgivable hours (and another three hours waiting). The crowded space and the unbearable heat didn’t even matter.

If Robbie’s performance was flawless, the organizers didn’t do so well. I won’t compare Robbie’s concert in Bucharest with the one from Manchester, you can read about that here. It’s another world there, another culture, you could pay cash to buy drinks and food, and at the end hundred of busses were lined up to take us home. It’s England we’re talking about and comparing would be impossible.

Here, all was typically Romanian:

  • crowded exits (just like the ones we have at important football matches)

The romanian mentality (be first in the bus, first in lines, first to exit…) combined with the stupidity of the organizers can only result in a big mess. I didn’t have problems entering, I arrived early.

  • interminable queues for drinks. I don’t understand this system based on special cards or tokens. Is it that hard to allow cash payments? What do you win by forcing people to queue? I think everybody loses.

I really can’t complain, I haven’t spent more than 10 minutes queuing. And when I left I exchanged the money left on my BT card in approximately 15 minutes. I should mention that some counters were too crowded, while others, situated further along from the exist were almost free. Congrats to the security guys who offered water to the people in the first rows. Unfortunately, they couldn’t help everyone. I’m lucky that I can go for 3-4 hours in the sun with no water, still a lot of people fainted and needed medical care.

  • obviously, the public transport after the concert was … inexistent, as always at major events in Bucharest. Going back home by foot is still the safest bet.

Surprisingly, this wasn’t the worst organized concert I attended. At an U2 performance a few years in Istanbul the road to the Ataturk Stadium was a nightmare. At that time the light metro line to the stadium wasn’t finished and the only option was arriving by car or bus on a very crowded road.

 

 

 

 

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