In this First Concert Ever segment, Ash Wallace, from the indie pop duo, Foley, talks about the story of her first experience with live music. You can check out the story below:
I was 10 years old when I went to my first concert in my hometown - Auckland, New Zealand. The Black Eyed Peas had been my absolute idols for years, and some of my most vivid memories are of putting on fake concerts for my family lip-syncing to ‘Shut Up’ and ‘Where Is The Love’. My mum took me, along with 2 other mums and their daughters- to a huge arena that honestly felt like the biggest place I had ever been. The opening act was LMFAO who hadn’t quite had their huge hits yet - they mostly jumped around with crazy energy and told the crowd to get their middle fingers in the air which horrified our mums!
The Black Eyed Peas played an insanely slick show with amazing visuals, Fergie’s vocals on point, and a huge blow-up robot on stage. I was so attracted to the energy between them as a band, with so much interaction and communication on stage. They really were so in tune with each other and operating on their own wave. I was blown away and just wanted to join a band - which I did! Fergie was also very empowering to see perform. She was so committed to her performance and got so sweaty and raw on stage which was unexpected for a pop act. She felt more like a rock frontman which I also absolutely loved and felt so inspired by.
It was killer and it added jet fuel to my already growing hunger for performance. Fergie forever.