I changed my travel plans, left Egypt and came to Europe for 2 reasons:
1) Visit friends, and recoup
2) See Underworld live
Two years ago I made it a goal to see Underworld perform live. I had wanted to see them live for years, but there is considerable effort involved. They may play Canada once or twice every couple of years, but not within 2000km of where I live. Even then it's a small club, not the type of environment I wanted to experience their show in. It meant a trip to Europe.
So who is Underworld? Well if you're not into electronic music you may not know, but they are among the top live acts in the dance music world, and have been around for more than 20 years. I think of them a little bit like the Eagles. A couple of years ago, they were on a "retirement tour", and I bought my Mom tickets. If Underworld is still playing in 20 years I'll be there :)
I saw a Berlin show pop up on the events page, but unfortunately sharing the stage that evening with a couple of trance DJ's. It would have to do. Floor tickets were long sold out, but thanks to the Underworld fan community, I would not only have a ticket, but also a few friends to share the experience with. The group of us met before hand and headed to the O2 Arena together on the evening of Sept 11th, 2010.
A famous trance DJ was playing as we arrived at the venue before Underworld went on. It's been a long time since I've been to a party like this, or listened to trance music, but I think I can safely say that trance music hasn't changed in 10-15 years. Fortunately he was just finishing.