I’m not entirely sure as to why this post has taken me so long to write because let’s face it, this was one of the best things we have ever been to (or done in general). Myself and Ollie were lucky enough to be offered two tickets to see Ed Sheeran last minute from two of our friends who unfortunately were unable to go with the people they were originally supposed to go with. So we agreed we would go and all travelled up to Birmingham by car for the concert at the Barclaycard Arena. It took us around 3 hours to get up there from where we live. We were all on a big high so the journey up there was fun and of course, we stopped for food on the way.
When we got there it took us a while to check in as the hotel was very busy. We stayed at the ‘Hamptons by Hilton’, it was lovellly. After finally checking in and lounging in our rooms for a while, we went out exploring to see how far the venue was and see what was about. The arena was only a 5-10 minute walk from our hotel and on the way back we stopped at Pitcher and Piano for some drinks. Me and Amy enjoyed a glass of wine while Ollie and Louis went for cider. We managed to get a seat right next to the canal so the view was very pretty.
Eventually we went back to the hotel to get ready and order some food before going straight back out to get our seats. Anne-Marie was Ed Sheeran’s support act so she was first on stage, she was amazing. I think we were surprised at just how good she was. THEN HE CAME ON STAGE. Okay, I should calm down. But seriously, he was incredible and he started straight away with Castle on the Hill. The whole show was just incredible and if you ever get the chance to see him live I would honestly say take it. We were lucky to be offered the tickets last minute and are so glad we were able to make it and grateful we were offered the tickets in the first place.
When we got back to our hotel myself and Ollie went for drinks in the bar for a while before heading back to our room. The next morning we had all payed for a buffet breakfast. As soon as you walked in you could smell pastries and bacon, it just made us all more hungry. There were sausages, bacon, eggs, toast, tea, coffee; or if you didn’t want cooked you could have cereal, yoghurt, fruit, croissants and loads more. Me being me had a cooked breakfast then went back for cereal and a yoghurt. It was worth it though as the food was so good.
Before the long drive home, we took a quick trip to The Bullring shopping centre to take a look around. It was massive and the hustle and bustle of it all was fun too. Looking back I wish we had more time there but we were all pretty tired from the busy day before so we made our way back to the car ready to go home. On the way back we had to drive through Bristol so made a very quick pit-stop at IKEA and popped into Zaza Bazaar for some food. It broke up the long journey home. It was a busy two days but it was so much fun.
I would like to add to the end of this post how sad the attack was in Manchester for the Ariana Grande concert (and the attacks afterwards) and everyone’s condolences go out to the victims, their families, friends and anyone else that was involved that awful night. I would also just like to add; please do not let this stop you from doing what you want and do not live in fear of this happening again. It is important to now be vigilant yet enjoy yourself and make the most of every opportunity you get. Sending love, thoughts and prayers to everyone, stay safe.
Until next time…