Vance Joy at the House of Blues San Diego

Hey everyone! I want to share my Vance Joy experience with you because it was fantastic. I received a press pass, so I was able to get nice & close. I initially arranged this by speaking to Vance Joy's manager ahead of time.



I was able to get a press pass for the Vance Joy show on Tuesday, November 25 at the House of Blues in downtown San Diego. A press pass essentially allows you to take photos, even getting up to the front barrier to do so. Vance Joy is an Australian native who will be opening for Taylor Swift next year whilst on tour.

Here's a video I created of the performance! Take a looksee. :]

The doors opened at 7.p.m. & the opening act, Jaymes Young, started at 7:30. I got to San Diego & drove around for 15 minutes trying to find parking. I found $5 parking nearby & hurried off. Note: I did not write down where I parked. I will freak out later when I can't remember where I parked my car.



I scurried along to will call, said my name, & got my ticket & press sticker. Then I went inside the venue. I asked a few of the attendants who work there where I was supposed to go (because I've never done any press event). I ended up asking 2 or 3 different people & finally made my way down the maze. I'd never been to the House of Blues, so that could've helped me navigate.


I went downstairs & asked another person to confirm which location I was supposed to go for photos. That's when I found out you can only take photos during the first 3 songs. I had missed the opportunity to take Jaymes Young's photo because of parking & being a rookie. I decided to simply enjoy the last few minutes of his performance. His set time was strictly 7:30 - 8 p.m.


Jaymes Young's music is a mixture of genres. He's relaxing but has a powerful, soothing voice. Here's a video of his EP title track “Habits Of My Heart," which is a remake/remodel of a Sufjan Stevens song. You may have heard Young on The Fault in Our Stars track by Birdy, "Best Shot (Feat. Jaymes Young)."


There was a lull from 8 - 8:30 p.m. for Vance Joy set up, so I decided to drink a beer & relax off to the side. I really had to down my beer quickly because I wanted to head to the restroom prior to the performance. My worst fear would be to be 1 song into the set & have to rush to the bathroom because the beer finally digested. Disaster averted! :D


I came back, showed my photo badge to the security guard & he let me through. I was literally right in front of the stage. You know how there are barricades at performances? Well I was in front of everybody. I was where people from the Los Angeles Times or whomever were taking photos. I was the press!


I got to be right in front listening to him, enjoying music, taking as many photos as humanly possible. I hoped I could get at least a couple decent ones. This is one of those moments where you have to perform well under pressure & stress. I was there to enjoy my experience sure, but I was there alone. I wasn't there with my boyfriend or a friend. I drove 40 miles from my home to downtown San Diego to go to this event because I wanted to have that experience to share with you all.



Vance Joy was incredible live. He has a personable stage presence. He interacts with the audience, asks them questions in between songs, & his voice is genuine & raw. He sounds practically identical to himself on the radio. I'm sure you've heard "Riptide," which is one of his most famous songs. The hit single is from Vance Joy’s debut album Dream Your Life Away.


Thanks for listening & sharing this moment with me! It was laborious but worth it in every way. Sometimes you have to go outside of your comfort zone to achieve true happiness. Have you been able to get a press pass since blogging? Ever heard of Vance Joy? Please share your experience & thoughts. :]

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*Disclaimer: I received a Vance Joy ticket complimentary from Atlantic Records. All opinions in this feature are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

49 comments

  1. That is so awesome!! I've not gotten a press pass before but it sounds super fun! :)

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  2. OMG I love this!!!! I've been living in cali for months and I love it, I follow you to keep in touch:)
    kiss from Milan

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  3. That is so amazing, I can only imagine how excited you are to be that close! And thank you for sharing the music, never heard of him before but I must say his music is really good!

    Reflection of Sanity

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  4. This is my dream job! Thanks for sharing your experience. Now I have an idea of what to do in case I get a project like this.

    Life With Antlers

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    1. Definitely! I want to educate & help others who are trying to do the same. :]

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  5. wow it seems so cool working photographer in this kind of events! you get to see everything in front row it must be surreal!
    x The Caramel Cat

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    1. Front row indeed. I could've touched him but that would've been weird. :p

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  6. That is amazing. I am sure you meet a lot of interesting people through your experience:)
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    Elmira
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    1. Yes & there are some lonely times as well. :];

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  7. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing and Happy Hump Day!

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  8. thanks for sharing!
    xo
    SABRINA | www.GYPSYTAN.co
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  9. Oh my gosh this is incredible bet it was an amazing night. press passes are bliss ;) xx

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  10. Really a fantadtic event!
    Kisses

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  11. That's so cool, sounds like an awesome experience! I've never been anywhere as press so it's interesting to read about :)

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  12. Great pictures! And how fun to get a press pass!!!

    lovejoanna.com

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  13. What a great experience! Loved reading it!

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

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  14. Wow, what a great opportunity. Thanks for sharing all of the magicalness.

    Thanks!
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    1. Soooo magical. Thanks for reading, Carly. :]

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  15. Love Vance Joy and love this post. I can commiserate on freaking out about photos, too - I can't imagine how wedding photographers must feel every weekend. All of your shots turned out beautifully - Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. Phew. Finally someone who knows Vance Joy. His song is everywhere!! I suppose you get better over time & know what you're doing. :]

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  16. Umm, hello rock star status! You go, girl! Awesome pics too.. -xx

    Shauna

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  17. Hello Carmen! That was awesome! I am so happy you got to experience being the "press" at such wonderful concert. I am glad you went and even thought you were by yourself and without anybody you knew you had an amazing time and that is what life is all about. To trust ourselves and take the opportunities we are given without any fears. You did awesome and applaud you for that. I recently got a press pass for a makeup show and yes, I debated whether or not to go because I didn't want to walk the place by myself but in the end, I was so glad I did! Super happy for you and I will go ahead and follow you on IG so I can stay in touch with you. XOXO, Jeannette

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    1. Great job, Jeannette. Life is full of opportunities, so it's up to us whether we grab them or not. Imagine if we hadn't gone?!?!! :]

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  18. I don't know how you found my blog but I am glad you did because I found yours. It is very fresh and alive. I will be following.

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    1. I'm not sure how either. The world is a large place. Thanks for stopping by. :]

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  19. That is amazing, congrats on your first event as "press". That must have been such an awesome feeling and experience. Thanks for sharing.

    Sxx
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    1. It totally was/is. It's nice to step out of your comfort zone & see what you're really made of. :]

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  20. Oh my gosh, congrats getting a press pass! That's amazing! I've never even been to a concert with a regular pass. AKA, I've never been to a concert before haha oh no! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Audrey! You must! Promise me you'll look up concerts near your city & go with a friend. :]

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  21. I'm so envious, even my friends are turning green -- ok, it sounded so good in my head but not too well when typed out, haha. I've never been able to be part of the press but, if given a chance, I would never say no to such an opportunity especially for Vance Joy. His album is on my playlist on spotify and I feel the need to see him live.

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    1. Haha no worries, I get your joke! :p WooHoo another Vance Joy fan! He was really amazing live. Super impressed with his vocals. :]

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  22. So cool that you were able to cover this event! Great post!

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  23. Oh, I love Vance Joy! That's awesome that you got to experience it as press!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

    www.theclosetbychristie.com

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  24. I never knew that you're only allowed to photograph the first three songs, but come to think about it, it makes a lot of sense since the photographers aren't normally there the whole show. That's so great you got to be press! Very cool!

    Have a great week!

    XxMO
    madame-ostrich.com

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    1. Haha funny huh? I never really thought of it either but it makes sense! That'd be annoying if you're still trying to see over a photographer's shoulder the entire time. Thanks for reading. :]

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  25. Looks like a really cool concert! That is great you got to go up so close!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  26. Wow Carmen!! It sure seemed like a fun concert!! I am so so happy that you got so close to them!!! I never knew about this band, and i just heard one of their songs, and gosh, they're GOOOOOD!!!! <3

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    1. Thank you for stopping by & I'm glad I could introduce you to some cool new music. :]

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  27. Wow what an amazing event, you must have enjoyed a lot.
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  28. Congratulation about it (: it must be a sensation experience to get a press pass and be able to take photo up close! Glad to hear you had fun (: x

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  29. That's so awesome! How did you know Vance Joy's manager? Jealous of your experience!

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