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This past Saturday, December 15, The Internet, an alternative hip-hop band, had a concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana. On their Hive Mind tour, a worldwide tour for their latest released album, Hive Mind, the Observatory show is the first of their two California shows, and one of the last dates of their whole tour.

Having been a fan of the band for a while, I jumped on the web the moment The Internet released their tour dates. Tickets for this show, and their other show in L.A. , ranged from $40 to $100, $40 being general admission and $100 and more being V.I.P. tickets. Compared to many musical artists, like Childish Gambino or Justin Bieber who typically charge a minimum of $70 for a general admission ticket, tickets for the Internet were a complete steal. However, as do with all websites selling tickets, there was an additional fee to the original $40 price, and I did end up having to spend a total of $52, but the tickets was easily accessible and I was able to receive my tickets through an email about a minute after I purchased them.

The Observatory, a live music venue in Santa Ana, was a perfect location for the show. It was easy to navigate (I didn’t have to spend more than 5 minutes locating the stage), and the low colored lights offered a relaxed and chill vibe. Along with this, I really liked how it was a standing show, where everyone was part of a huge crowd instead of having to sit in stands, like The Forum or the Greek Theatre. But, if you are the kind of person who does not like being around large groups of people, this isn’t for you. I was stepped on, shoved, and jabbed in the sides many times, and I do not recommend this experience to those who do not have the patience to deal with it.

The only pain about the Observatory? The drive. Without traffic, the Observatory is already about a 50 minute drive. But, with traffic, the drive was almost two hours long. With this mind, I recommend for all those who plan to go to a show at the Observatory to leave their house about an hour and a half before the doors open for their show. Also, keep in mind, the Observatory is not strict on their smoking or drugs policy. So, if you have asthma, this is not the venue for you because there will be people rolling and smoking all around.

The show started off with Moonchild, an alternative/indie band, as the opener. The band was incredibly talented, playing the saxophone and the flute during their set. Being that this was the first time I had ever heard of them, I was thoroughly impressed and felt like they were the perfect opening act for a band like The Internet. The band appeared on stage right on time, 8 o’clock p.m., and their set lasted for about an hour. After their set, there was about a 30 minute wait before the headliner of the show, The Internet, appeared on stage. The wait was frustrating, but there was a soundtrack playing hit songs that kept the atmosphere lively. When The Internet finally got on stage, it was magical. The band was amazing with their vocals and instrumentals, and they had a projector of some sort in the background, offering visuals for all their songs. In breaks from song to song, Syd, the main singer for the band, offered charming commentary and hyped the crowd up immensely.

Overall, do I recommend going to a show for The Internet? 100 percent yes. Not only did the band offer reasonable prices for their tickets, but their set was euphoric and definitely an experience I wish I could relive. Rate: 10 out of 10.

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