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Next Big Thing ’11: My Next Big Adventure.

So in a few days time, I will be heading to Tampa to experience for the second time the festival-like Next Big Thing. Let me give you a bit of background on my experience at NBT.

Last year was my first year ever going to NBT–it was my first time going to a concert at all. As a couple of friends and I waited in line in front of the gates I was becoming anxious. My heart was pumping and I couldn’t keep my hands from shaking. Now, I’m not sure if this was due to nerves or maybe it was because I was functioning on 45 minutes of sleep. What brought me to this point? Well, it was because my all time favorite band, My Chemical Romance, was headlining that year. To keep this story short. The enegry, the nerves, the running to barricade. It was a memory that I’m sure many other concert goers can relate to. This was my first expiernce with crowd surfers, annoying people who thought they were cool enough to attempt to push me off of the barricade. But despite all of that, the cuts and bruises I suffered. It didn’t get any better than watching all of those bands perform. I got a smile from James Black, lead guitarist of Finger Eleven, and let me tell you, at that moment, I felt like there was not one soul cooler than me.

This year I’m counting the days down until I get to feel that rush again. While I have been to a couple of concerts, nothing beats the rush that Tampa Bay’s 97X’s Next Big Thing brings. I hope to give you guys a look into my expirence this year. I aim, as always, for barricade, Wish me Luck!

-Mary

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