Posted by Nicole
Last night was such a great night! Lauren got us tickets to see The xx at the UC Berkeley Greek Theater as part of my 21st birthday gift. Three months later, it was finally time to see the show. The xx is easily one of my top 5 favorite bands, so I was extremely excited.
Lauren and I got to Berkeley at about 5:30, parked, and walked to grab dinner. We decided on House of Curries, a restaurant really close to the UC Berkeley campus.
I ordered the vegetable korma and it was perfectly spicy.
Lauren ordered lamb and vegetables and she liked it, just not the “weird” meat pieces.
Of course we had to get some naan, and we decided on the onion variety. Yum.
We lucked out not only with good food, but also with great weather. It was perfectly warm.
We planned to arrive at the concert early so we could get seats close to the front. Because I had never actually seen the Berkeley campus, we decided to walk through it on the way to the Greek Theater.
Their campus was beautiful! Lauren and I kept saying it reminded us of Europe.
A bit later, we sat down and waited for the show to begin. There was a DJ and random rapper before the opening band. They were surprisingly good.
The stands filled up as the opening band, Hundred Waters, took the stage. When they were done singing their “whale music” (as Lauren called it), the crowd anxiously waited for The xx. It took about an hour to set up the stage, tune their guitars, and get the lights ready and we started to grow antsy. When they finally took the stage, it was well worth the wait!
The singers had great stage presence and there were a few heated moments on stage.
Like most big concerts nowadays, the light show was awesome.
The “x” lasers were so cool.
The singers were very thankful for the crowd support and didn’t fail to mention that this was their biggest US show ever (they are from London). How awesome is that? After the show, Lauren and I went to meet up with one of my old intern-coworkers and his younger brother, who is actually interning with me this summer.
We went to Freehouse, a fancy house-turned-bar a couple blocks from the Greek Theater.
It sure had a classy college bar vibe, with fancy drapes and wooden tables. I drank a grown-up beer and it wasn’t half bad.
We chatted about tech companies until the bar closed at midnight. Then Lauren and I drove back home… but not after a quick selfie.
Thanks for such a fun night, sis!!! I’ll never forget it.