In this First Concert Ever segment, the acoustic music duo, Micah & Julia, talks about the story of the first concert they ever played. You can check out the story, after the break.
Let us take you back to a hot summer day in 2018.
With a long day of rehearsals ahead, I was waiting on the bus which would take me to Micah’s house. At that time we have been playing and writing music together for about two years. Something that started off as a jam session at a friend’s house ended in long days of rehearsing and a common urge to perform everywhere we could possibly reach.
As I saw the bus coming closer I grabbed my bags and noticed that my phone was buzzing. I was ready to answer but hesitated when I saw that an ‘Unknown caller’ was trying to reach me…
Looking back at that time, I’m very happy that I did.
A friendly guy on the other side of the line asked me if we would like to perform a song we wrote, on the main stage of the Liberation Day in Zwolle (a massive festival were we celebrate independence from World War two).
I tried to stay calm and professional and told him someone of our team would call him back as soon as possible, with a confirmation.
When I arrived at Micah’s place I told him the news, he got so excited that we did everything necessary to perform that song as best we could.
When our team confirmed the show, we had two days to prepare mentally and physically.
Playing our songs for people has never been a problem, but the step from playing in little venues and bars to performing for 40.000 people was quite something at that time and age. Micah was sixteen years old and I was eighteen.
D-day, Main Stage Show
Micah and I were standing in front of each other, hand in hand, and our eyes looking straight at each other. We heard the clapping and screaming of the 40.000 people that were waiting for us to come on stage. An amazing guitarist who was accompanying us stood next to us with a big smile. As we got the cue to go on stage we all took a deep breath and walked towards the big crowd. Every step which let us closer to the mics gave us an adrenaline shot rushing through our veins, making the nerves go away. We nailed the show and this was one of the key starting points in our music careers.
Reliving that memory two years later, with everything that has happened until now, we are so thrilled and grateful for that day. It gave us so much motivation to keep on working hard every single day.
Because in the end, you never know…