I haven't partied in ages. Figures what would make me cut that streak was a geek community event in my hometown. Bohol Bloggers' Society, being as young as it is, partnered with Proudly Titans, a proudly Boholano production company, for the Electro Circuit 2015: a EDM party held in lieu of Sandugo Fest 2015.
The young and young at heart members of the blogging community were thrilled to have the event as the organization's debut, and a major part of that was how well the organizers of the event set everything up.
We were given all-access passes to the venue; both on the field and backstage. It was secure, with various checkpoints, and a number of security personnel littered across the area. Pretty classy and well thought out. We checked the place out hours before the actual party started and we were well received by many of the organizers.
I found it really impressive that they kept everyone in check and aware of who was who and which tags mean what. The organizers did an awesome job of keeping everyone happy. Now if only it would stop raining...
As the drizzle passed, a few early birds started coming in so the bloggers and myself decided to hang around the registration booth to bug more of the organizers and took the opportunity to regroup.
They were methodical, with stations that catered to a specific event attendee and to which freebie to give. It was organized chaos when the crowd arrived later that evening and it was that atmosphere that earned a huge thumbs up to the organizers from me.
It was also cool that they prepared the different tags and bands that would tell the on-site crew which ticket you got (regular, VIP, organizer, guest, media, etc.) and had more or less got everything down. Plus they gave out free glow-stick bracelets, and even some confetti poppers. Way to hype up the event!
Heyyy guyssss!! :D
After the initial hubbub of the crowd's entrance, it was all jumping, singing loudly out of tune to the songs I recognized, and running around with my camera for a good three hours before I burned myself out.
I especially liked the MC they picked for the event as he got things going and flowing and just someone to get the crowd riled up. Whenever he made announcements it was coherent and, despite him morphing his voice a bit to fit the mood, we always totally got what he said and there weren't at all any lapses or strange entrances during the entire program.
And did I forget to mention the cool confetti canon they set up at the side of the stage?! It was like a huge reverse vacuum cleaner that spit out confetti. It was awesome to see.
And of course, bloggers were in the fray.
The whole event also had free WiFi sponsored by smart. It was a good move for them as everyone wanted those selfies up on facebook fast.
It was super cool too that we got to meet one of the top DJs of the night (and possibly of the country): DJ Nina. I read about her a bit during my initial study on the event but boy was she more different that i expected.
She was confident and charismatic, that much I guessed, but she was funny, took her time with us, genuinely got to know us, and was very involved in what she was doing. One of the highlights I remember in the conversation we had was that she had a thing for adding new beats to old songs, and that she was a drummer once which helped her perfect the skills needed in her DJing career.
It was a wild night, from DJ after DJ, my calves were burning at the end and I think I lost some weight. Besides all that rowdiness though, the whole event was pretty under control, the people were happy and the organizers were still in one piece, which was super.
We shared a few shots of the Bacardi they gave us for free towards the end of the event, as a few videographer-bloggers turned in early since they had a wedding to shoot a few hours later at 5 am. Talk about dedication.
There wasn't really an end to that night, with the organizers still operating and the crowd still roaring. My respect for both DJs, party-goers and production companies increased tenfold as the event unfolded and Electro Circuit 2015 was a huge success thanks to these people. Kudos to you guys and congratulations to the BBS! Woot!