Hoobastank at Koko, Camden, London 07.05.2015


I am so blessed! I set a goal that I wanted to see my four favourite bands of all time, The Rasmus, Placebo, Linkin Park, and Hoobastank. On Thursday I completed that goal when I went to see the last band I needed to tick off my list.

And Hoobastank were EPIC.

But let me tell you about a random occurrence that happened before the show! We’d just got off the train and were wandering into Camden when we bumped into, of all people, Doug Robb! It was pretty surreal! Doug Robb is one of my all time favourite rock stars, so you can imagine I was pretty psyched. He was super cool and stood and chatted with us and kindly posed for photos.

Amanda Winchester and Doug Robb

So as if seeing Hoobastank wasn’t awesome enough, I got to meet their lead singer!

At this show, they were preceded by P.O.D. and Alien Ant Farm. These guys were good, and all, but we were there to see Hoobastank, man! You gotta understand, I’ve been a fan of theirs for 10 years, so yeah, this was a majorly big deal for me.

After what seemed like an endless wait, Hoobastank kicked off with Crawling in the Dark. We were right at the front! They just had so much energy and enthusiasm, and everybody went completely nuts when Doug Robb got the crowd to sing along to My Turn, and jump around for Pieces! It was crazy, awesome, adrenaline pumping rock!

Doug Robb is such a charismatic showman, and he clearly loves engaging with the audience and getting everyone pumped!

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They ended with The Reason, and you know what? That song is even more awesome live than it is on the record, it was just beautiful and the energy in the hall was overwhelming.

After the show (which felt like it lasted about five minutes) Dan stuck around to talk to the fans and take pictures. I can’t believe we were standing around and talking to Dan Estrin!

We waited by the backstage exit and met the whole band, one by one, and I got my CD cover signed by everyone, and we chatted to Chris, Jesse, Dan and Doug! The whole thing was so surreal! They were all such nice guys, and I really didn’t expect to be able to meet them and get photos, let alone have get my CD cover signed by the whole band!


All in all it was one of the best days of my whole life bar none, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! I can’t wait for the next time they’re on tour so I can see them again!

Rock on!


About Amanda Winchester

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23 Responses to Hoobastank at Koko, Camden, London 07.05.2015

  1. Mariyah says:

    Oh wow, I had no idea that Hoobastank were still around. All those bands were my thing back in 2007, and then my taste in music slowly changed … but I still find myself rocking out to Fall Out Boy, and Alien Ant Farm from time to time.

    Very happy for you πŸ™‚


    • Amanda says:

      I like Fall Out Boy and some of Alien Ant Farm’s tracks πŸ™‚ yeah they’re still very active, P.O.D. have a new record coming out in August, and Hoobastank are going strong πŸ™‚


  2. Lindsey says:

    Great pictures! Glad to hear you had so much fun πŸ™‚

    High Heels & Happy Feels


  3. So glad that you had a great time! I bet it was a wonderful experience πŸ™‚

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass


  4. Aahhh so lucky for you! That fangirl moment. Haha. I haven’t met any of my favorite bands, but it must be the way you felt. I guess it was worth it then. They sound like a very friendly and lovely band! πŸ™‚


    • Amanda says:

      It was so worth it πŸ™‚ I hope you get to meet your favourite bands one day! And yeah, I did turn into a bit of a fan girl haha! They were really lovely and friendly, more than I’d ever imagined, I just love them πŸ™‚


  5. Anna says:

    Pretty cool that you got to see the band members of one of your favorite rock bands. I know how that feels! I met a group of guys after their concert and that’s the first time I ever did that.


  6. Naomi says:

    D’awww concerts are the best! So glad you had so much fun! My friends were performing at the exact same venue in November. I loved that place!

    XO Naomi in Wonderland


    • Amanda says:

      Sweet, it is a really cool venue! I really should have taken some pictures of the interior but obviously I was too distracted, haha!


  7. Vanisha says:

    Ahh good for you Amanda! πŸ™‚


  8. Amy says:

    Ah, brilliant! I wanted to see these guys on this tour but I can’t go! Always good to find bloggers with similar musical interests πŸ™‚ where did you see Linkin Park? They’re my faves!

    x GNAR MOSH x


    • Amanda says:

      It’s lovely to meet you, too, Amy πŸ™‚ I saw Linkin Park at the O2 Arena last year – MIND BLOWING! πŸ™‚


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  10. Mira says:

    So happy that you are fulfilling your dreams, dear Amanda!! You deserve this, you are clearly a passionate and true fan πŸ˜€ stay happy darling xxxx


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