I had been looking forward to this weekend for a long time. I’d planned to go to a Final Fantasy pop-up shop in Covent Garden and then attend Distant Worlds, a live performance of Final Fantasy compositions in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.
Instead, I’ve done neither of these things.
Illness still holds me in it’s sickly grasp. I woke up today with a stuffed head, stinging pain and dizziness. My wife urged me to go to the concert, as she knows I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. Alas, I just couldn’t make it. I could barely walk from bedroom to my living room this morning without the whole apartment spinning.
That being said, I doubt I could have gotten into the Final Fantasy pop up shop anyway. Friday (the quietest day) had queues of two hours and upwards just to get in. On Saturday, entire queues were being turned away due to overwhelming demand. The main sentiment on Twitter was 20% “This shop is so cool!” and 80% “I can’t get in!” Photos of people standing in the rain were all over social media. The whole thing felt very poorly managed. Even if I wasn’t sick, I’m not sure I’d want to stand outdoors in the cold for two hours.
The biggest disappointment for me, however, is not attending Distant Worlds. This annual concert showcases a variety of beautiful compositions from Final Fantasy soundtracks. I’ve attended twice in the past but haven’t gone for several years as they simply didn’t hold one in London… they are mainly held in America and Asia.
I remember logging in to the tickets website earlier this year with pure excitement. As one of the first in the queue, I managed to grab a (non-refundable) £58 ticket only eight rows from the front. It would have been absolutely epic!
I am feeling genuinely gutted. Yes I know this is a first world problem, but that doesn’t mean I can’t feel deflated about missing out. I sincerely hope it doesn’t take another four years for Distant Worlds to return to London.
This was the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy, and I have very fond memories of attending the 25th anniversary event 5 years ago.
That was even more special, because that year I won tickets to an exclusive ‘intimate’ performance in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room with the famous composer Nobuo Uematsu.
Meeting the man who had moved me with such emotional music was a big thrill for me.
On top of that, the area had a collection of artwork and FF games to enjoy as well as free food and drink. The whole experience was magical. And we even got a bag of free goodies!
My memories of this will have to do until I get another opportunity to go to Distant Worlds.
Yes, it has been a disappointing and exhausting weekend. It also doesn’t help that I keep coughing when trying to put my baby to sleep. If you’re not a parent, I’ll explain this in very simple terms… You do not want to wake a sleeping baby. Otherwise you can say goodbye to the rest your evening.
Phew! Okay, post over. I’ll return to de-stressing and hoping I can recover from this stupid illness before Monday morning.
Thanks for reading, folks… assuming I haven’t warded you off with my negativity 😛