#AbzFest 2014

Anyone else still living in their #AbzFest t-shirt? It has been a WEEK Ruth!!!

  3:19 AM – 2 Jul 2014: @abzlove u truely amaze me!!! #AbzFest was overwhelming and insane! Everyone rocked!!!!!

I have to be honest me typing this will end up like an alien encounter. If you are wanting to hear about all the funky Abztastic activities that went on throughout the smooth, fun packed event itself, I suggest you wait for #DaGudLife to be aired as I’m not totally sure what happened…. Except there WAS most defiantly a (terrifying) Cow and a Sheep as advertised!! Mooooo. Baaaaaa.

I’m about to blabber and blubber.

My #AbzFest 2014:

SheLooksBetterThanMeAfter 3 weeks preparation, which was mainly arguments with myself of – will I, won’t I, then added pressure from Mr Love mentioning .. erm…. me o.O on the Wright Stuff. “She Looks Better Than Me!” and after a lot of blood, sweat, tears and vomit came the growing of ma beard and the shaving of my head… My AbzFest day began with me attempting to get out of bed. This was not going to happen in a hurry [especially as somehow I had made it to and from Ipswich show????? I don’t remember!!] but one thing I did know I was NOT missing this for anything, even if I had to crawl.. And that my friends, is how theATeam roll!

Help was at hand every step of the way, I am extremely thankful for the troops. I got on the coach and had a text from Honey, She had a bottle of coke with my name on, I knew today was about to shine. THANK YOU Honey, as usual!!!

Thank youuuuuuu Teacups. A cosplay buddy who traveled simply to help me. I owe you the most amounts of cuppas ever! She saved me. I was most defiantly a cospalyer in distress as well as my normal mind tricks and general body not workings. Then my room wasn’t ready at the hostel, so waiting in the corridor loosing valuable time was not helping! She defiantly saved me, a thousand percent I would not have done it without her. What would have taken me 2 hours and me giving up, took us 45minutes!!!  I WAS BALD!!  Luckily I spent the 3 hours drawing tattoos the night before. And as I was going to be armed with the ATeam uniform; Unicorn hat and my hoodie for the street team I could have a bit of a break and do the rest of the make up later.

*sings*  Street Teaming... not so fast! Coffeeee, trying to have no spoilers and a trip down Shazza memory lane first.. Right, NOW the troops were ready.  For some reason I was looking the other way when Abz was saying hi to people and as I turn around Abz was there trying to peak under my hood, though he denied it and then looked suspicious.. It was like he thought I was cosplaying tonight or something.. *hides tattoos*… *puhhhhh* Where did he get that idea from?? Round Neck or V neck?? No idea!.. *hides*

THEN – Street Team! Oh my, it was hilarious! There are no words. AbzFest flyers everywhere in a mile radius!!!!! There were a couple of ladies who deserve a super shiney gold star, they were amazing, LEGENDS! and totally WERE the street team. There was a brief lesson in the highway code from Abz as I walked in front of a car (I apparently do this on a regular basis). A girl from Ireland and myself got stuck on the bus – if that is on film, it was worth it!! People giving the Abzman a lot of love in the streets, it was amazing to see and great to be part of. Thanks for letting us help. You guys will have to watch the show to see more, it’s going to be worth the wait!!!

SHOES!!!! Inch perfect Cameramen and then the taxi man being ace as I was freaking out a little about time and something that had been said. PHEWWWW, I am totally thankful and grateful that I had  Honey and then Shazza there by my side the rest of the prep time. Shazza just sat there on the toilet, talking and watching the transformation, giving me a helping hand, rushing around trying to keep the reference photos open and then OMG the artist in her came out -Pleiades!!! SPOT ON!!!!!!!! I needed her!! After messing more with the beard and styling the twiddley bits, I was as ready as I was going to be…… Honey (who was mind blown) appeared at the door with our new buddy Trisha. Sent them on their way as I had another moment, and I couldnt look at myself, but I was finished well on time. Had a lay down for half hour agitated while Shazza got ready.

I regret not taking the sockball!!!

………………… NO BACKING OUT NOW! RAbz, you’re up!

We checked in at PopWorld, got our VIP passes and walked in to find the troops. That was it… I was a mess. Come on Ruth, get a grip, it’s cosplay, people are gonna look! But this…… this is not just any old costume… ‘all kinds of emotions’ AND *What if ABZ doesn’t like it this time?*

We found Honey, Michez and Trisha which put me at ease. And I ran straight onto the bouncy castle!!!!  I always wanted to attend a party with a bouncy castle!! Dreams come true!!!  Thank You Abz and Team!! CIRCLES!!!  I then met Dannielle and her bro Jordan for the first time – FINALLLLLYYYYY, They are fab and rock!!! Didn’t get to speak to them much – next time. 🙂  A couple of randoms took photos and some natterings. Like Expo, only more intense. We quickly found Gem-J and Nanna (who I was honoured to finally meet!!!! She’s a trooper and very kind lady) in the VIP bar where I did a moostarsh-fix. 2 minutes later, DJ Rodger (who was fantastic all night!) shouts  “Abz is in the House”. Everyone went downstairs and found a spot. I think this is where we first saw Mo and the gang.

There they were, walking down the stairs, everyone cheering – ABZ. Lauren. J! They mingled. WOW, all those smiles!! WOW Shazza! WOW WOW!! You can’t begin to imagine that atmosphere! I’ve missed that feeling. But this was different, this was electric!

An, so began an overwhelming evening that, for me is best summed up by this photo:
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TOTALLY MENTAL!!!!!!

I wish I could have videoed reactions when people saw me  – there is no way I could ever describe them. Their faces are locked into my brain!

Vicky saw me first. Her reaction was totally insane! There’s nothing like it. I couldn’t look at her I was so shocked by her being shocked. She took me over to find Abz and the cameramen were right on it!  Abz went to have pressies from  Disney Drew (who won’t know that I mentioned her) first :)))) A Seriously coool balloon!!!
Wooooohoooooooo!!!! *hides* *emotions* Abz came up, grinning and stroked my beard, and I did his. Then compared tattoos and he called it “Best one yet.” and that I was “a younger, fresher version” I was speechless. Swindon (almost a year ago to the day) – only a million times more happy!!!!!!!!!! We nattered and had some poses and things for the cameras wooohoooooo.
J’s was the funniest reaction. He was talking to Shazza, spots me and shouts “oh my god!” A bit of a convo, followed by me saying “Er, Shazza, it’s J. This is mental” and him grinning saying “THIS *points to me* Is mental!!” Then throughout the night, we would be laughing because he found me when looking for Abz. In fact, we pretty much just laughed at each other every time we went past.  “Stop being Abz” Erm, this is just me… “there is two of you!”
I can’t Thank all the families, friends enough and general enough I’m really sorry I was totally overwhelmed by the whole night, I’m not sure if I spoke back.You were all lovely and nothing but kind. Generally everyone in that building was super nice and there for a goooooood time. Every time I looked around people were looking at me and said ‘sorry, just can’t believe it’   There was a LOT of photographer ninjas and me and the Abz were pap’ed yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! ;))

Some of the best moments were in the ladies!!! This one girl, walks in, walks out, walks back in and shouts “WTF is Abz doing in the ladies!” Then realised it was me and stopped panicking. The amount of selfies with people in the loos was off the scale. I did meet Roxi in there which was super cool and I’m glad she made herself say hi 🙂 Nice to meet her and her Sam. A lot of running to the loos, and mooo-starsh fixing!!!

Abz’ set!!! Abz’ set!!! Abz’ set!!! Abz’ set!!! Abz’ set!!! Abz’ set!!!  What can I say, that dude just oozes cool and the tracks were mixed so a cool calming vibe. Totally Proud!
– Stop Sign, Little Miss Perfect, What Ya Got, Everybody Get Up, If Ya Gettin’ Down, Lets Dance, Lay All Your Lovin’, Keep On Movin’.

People were on the stage, Lauren was having a good dance, everyone in the crowd was cheering and dancing along. For me, singing with Shazza was a highlight of my night! She rocks!!

Other things happened in between, a dance off being one of them. I didn’t see much…

A bunch of us had another bounce on the castle, and then was time for the #ABZAWARDS!  Soooo, I took sanctuary in the bouncy castle for the millionth time that night. Watched and listened closely to the ‘Best Rapper’ contestants. Mo was a well deserved winner, Though I was cheering for Lucy a lot. Well Done Mo!!!  All of the ladies rocked for getting up there. Well done.

Uh ohhhhh! I was unable to hide… Abz announced “the next award is for ‘the Best Lookalikey.”Image11 He said it was for anyone that looks like him but No masks allowed! They gave out Abz masks to everyone earlier in the evening. Except I wasn’t allowed one – Booooooo.  Damn! EVERYONE would have won if masks were allowed xD  So, I’m sat, comfy when Abz announces the above. I sat, frozen, I could see Honey waving me over to her. Abz was saying something about something,  that I think I tried to ignore and then “Where’s Ruth?” and “Little Abz” –  I literally stopped breathing!! He said something and my name again so I jumped off the bouncy castle, put my shoes back on (stalling?) and had a very nice view of the checkered dance floor and people’s feet as I walked up to the stage! I didn’t know if anyone had gone up, or what was happening at all. *poof* there she was, THANK goodness Shazza was on the stage, NICE ONE!! Obviously there was no competition, her tattoos were WAY better! ST*R KID knucklesssss – especially as we drew them 3 times – DO NOT FIX SHARPIE USING HAIRSPRAY!!! Ok, Ok, even though I believe Shazza should have won just for getting up there.. She was given the boot. I know Abz was talking and something about the twirly bits in the beard, but that’s all I know… I hope i didn’t say anything, I don’t know what happened!!!  I don’t knowwwwww. I think I just looked at him thinking ‘what’s going on dudeeeee?’ ‘Abzzz whatya doin’???’ ……… All I do know is; I ended up with this in my hands and pretty much ran upstairs, where, I breathed!

Took me a good 20 minutes of zoning and talking to Honey before I realised what just happened. Totally overwhelmed and the awards thing was so far from my reasons for ‘cosplaying’ him, I just couldn’t function. Seriously, the most amazing thing that could have happened in the world of RAbz!! I am honoured!! Thank you Abz!! The trophy is now on my mumma’s fireplace – I caught her smiling at it yesterday, just sat there, smiling. Don’t see that enough.

After a chill and some natterings I managed to catch Lauren singing Happy Birthday and giving Abz a cake. It was adorable. They also held up Happy Birthday banner :))) ❤  That Lauren, she’s brilliant!! Though she did keep talking to me thinking I was Abz, we had that conversation a lot of times throughout the night. Bless Lauren xx

The DJ suddenly shouts ‘Little Abz’ and he’d put up MiniAbz on the LED wall – awwwww. Got a photo with it, once the cameras decided to work. Then had a manly handshake with DJ Rodger! Yeahhhh. Then pressssieeeee time. People were chilling upstairs, going up for natters, giving pressies etc… Moments of pure joy and some moments of crazy like: Vicky about to snog me for a split second thinking I was Abz – LOL!  Sorry V 😉  Lots of incredible moments around this time and everyone smiling. Then I had a sleep for 5 minutes and woke up to people asking if I was ok.

This brings me to the See You Soons to the troops, J laughing and manly handshake number 555, Vicky bowing to me and with Abz came a whole bunch of Thank Yous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

….and then came the hallucinating fever for almost a week – it’s like I’m still there!

Abz: “She’s even got my hat!” – Big Summer Session

NOTE: I hold S, L.C, Z, L, L, L, my brother, his daughter, #5ivers and EJB on the run up to the show, mummy Abz AND Vicky for what happened. You all gave me a kick up the bum to wear my Abz cosplay, and were there by my side when this happened. Thank you all – seriously xx

You may have a body and/or mind that trys to stop you doing things you want to do in life, but there is always a way. Keep on Movin’, Keep Smiling and Keep fighting xx

BSS

the Big Summer Session, Swindon; WHAT HAPPENED?

  • I am totally mind blown, overwhelmed and I am struggling to process such a “beautiful’ moment, and everyone’s nice comments and likes and…

Lots of people asking about yesterday. I won’t bore you with the ‘on my feet in pain for 12 hours, the whole power cut random annoying-ness or the everyone was drench in  7 hours of heavy rain and that the lads did get on stage but for a shorter set and the people looking very ill, and the fact I’m now really not feeling good at all.’…….. I know if you are actually reading this it’s because you have seen photos appear on Twitter or Facebook. OR you are my nosey sister 😉

A few people ninja photographed me.  It was funny.

I have to be honest, I have told the story a million times over to my family and even more times to my man. I blubber every time, get hyper every time and every time I think – did that actually happen? I was thinking maybe I wanted to keep it between myself and the #5ivers who helped me #makethishappen, and everyone stood there. However, quite a few friends and general people have asked, I figured if I write it down once I can copy/paste or send this link.

Of coarse, I don’t remember every little thing, but I will try my best. I’m not totally sure what people want to know? Do you want to know that Abz smelt SO good, or that Vicky’s doggy did not speak the way Abz said!? No, I don’t believe you wanted to know that.

I am just going to start typing and see what happens.

After 5ive were on… We went to the back. Simples. Though did lose some peoples and temporarily loose some.
There was a hand full of people stood at the fences. I joined them with the other 5ivers. Talked for a few seconds and there he was……………… ABZ..
Oops, I fangirl squealed when I saw Vicky – what was that about? 😉
Anyway, S shouted “Abz, Vicky, we have the Abz cosplayer here”

I swore under my breath thinking ‘ok, this is the moment of truth, will he approve.. he can’t see me like this. this aint good. this aint good………  I don’t know how he got to me in the row or how he saw me or..  He just appeared in front of me all Abz like and ..
I would have been ok, until he opened his mouth. Awwh man! I can’t even! Seriously – too much emotion. Too kind. Too nice. Too Abz!!! adorable.

Abz; “Ah man, that’s so cool” (And yes, everyone has to talk.like.Abz when reading this )
“It’s like looking in the mirror” I turned my head  away, teary, shy, all ‘ah man, this isn’t right’. I could not take the niceness. There was a few ‘aww’s coming from 5ivers. His little adorable smiley face he does.
“Biggest compliment”
“She’s even got my hat….. and my tattoos… everything”
Putting his hand through the fence, or did I put mine through shaking my hand, or touching his arm or something or I don’t even know.
Seriously I just.. yeah. I couldn’t take it in.
Then Vicky coming over smiling at me and that was even worse, I crumbled.
Abz asked Vicky if she’d seen me and  “even got my hat”, and She said yes and that it was great.
Abz said something and Vicky asked if she could shake MY hand! Whatttttt! How does that work?

I was taken back by him being taken back. Vicky then asked if I’d had photo with him. No idea what Abz was doing at that point and it’s a blur about what they were saying to each other but I said Nope. She said did I want one. I said if that’s ok with him. I don’t know if Abz said he wanted one. She said yes and her and the guard said to come round.  I did, and my gosh that was the LONGEST walk of my life. I was freaking, totally freaking.  Did I imagen you guys who were stood there cheering? (maybe it was the fanfare in my head haha)
The guard on this end of the fences asked what I was doing and the other guard shouted “She’s coming through”

Abz was nattering to the lovely peoples/5ivers, turned around. Vicky took the photos.
Abz; something about it being cool and then said  “you ok?”
Me; *nod*
Abz; “What pose we gonna do?”
Me; “erm”
Both do the point thing at same time.
Abz; “Lets do another one”
We posed several times and he then said “Let’s do a shocked face” Now that face was classic! We missed it on camera.
We did arms folded, then he said “Another one” and posed,
then said “Another!” I don’t think Vicky could keep up with taking the photos as he was moving about so much hehe.
The cosplayer in me went straight out the window and probably only half of the ‘black belt’ in me was left by the end of this.

He then kept saying “Thank you” and “it’s the Biggest Compliment” and just smiling at me and staring at me and “You even have the hat!” I think we bro fisted, you know what, I can see me looking at his arm and thinking ‘what’s he doing’ and then something and then him smelling so nice (sorry but he did) as he hugged me – very brief. I think that happened? That happened right? All I could say was “erm, erm erm erm yeah” “Thank you” “This is weird man” “Sorry” “Thank you” “Sorry this is just..” “Too nice man too nice” I guess I did go into Abz cosplay mode.. No idea! I know Ruth was out of the building.
They both kept looking at me and smiling. Their eyes. My gosh, their eyes said it all.

He was all too cool for school and just like “Yeah she even got my hat!”
The last thing he said I can’t remember but I really wanted to remember it because it was one of the nicest things I’ve ever heard and now my brain has totally exploded and I will probably never remember.

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Then he trotted off (I think a very happy bunny), and Vicky gave me my camera.
I said “May I get a photo with you, or is that cheeky?”
Vicky; “Yes of course you can”
The guard who was totally ace face and I wanted to give him a gold star. He didn’t take the photo very well, we both said to him “You need to push it right down”, the button that is. He did.
I said “Thank you, Vicky”
She said “no, thank you”
and had a hug, avoiding squishing our dog 😉 (haha)
I said “Seriously thank you so much, that was amazing”
She said “It’s alright sweetheart”

I was all confused , I could have stood there but didn’t know so I went back round the fences.
There was now 3 lady guards on the gate and they all asked me “I bet you liked that” “That must have made your day”
Me; “totally, amazing. I can’t think.. Yes, I haven’t seen him for so long, that was incredible. that.. that.. *trying to breathe* that’s my life done!”
They smiled and said super nice things.

T and Z had arrived, I didn’t see them catch up I don’t think. Maybe I did. I have no idea. Bare in mind is really wasn’t far at all to walk around but it felt like forever. I got to the others and Abz and Vicky were just saying bye. Everyone was shouting bye etc.
I shouted “Bye and thank you”

I then rang my man, though I didn’t know what I was saying and I starting hugging the 5ivers and no idea what I said but thank yous were in their somewhere. 🙂 #5ivers amaze me!

Vicky and Abz drove past in the car, they were still smiling and lovin’ it. ❤
Thank you Abz, and Vicky and all 5ivers and my brother and OH MY! Seriously… just… even as a cosplayer to get comments from the character/person you are cosplaying is out of this world, let alone your idol, the dude who’s voice has been there – in your ears for 16 years –  through all the pain taking you to another world to help you cope. As a kid dreaming you were that dude in the band helping you escape. Some people will know what this meant to me.

Truely, thank you Mr Love. There’s nothing I can say to come close to what I’m feeling. THANK YOU THANK YOU and THANK YOU some more.

All the fighting has been worth it. My life is now complete.

But, wait Abz #2 it doesn’t stop there. Oh no, more mind-boggling, overly niceness came a few minutes later…

  • Out comes Scott

He went down the row staring on the people to the left of me, got to me and ….

He looked, paused, smiled,
Scott; “Hey, Abz!”
Me; “Hey”
Scott said something about looking good
I said something about Abz fangirling (though I’m hoping I only thought it and didn’t say it out loud)
Scott; Stares at me for (felt like) ages
Scott “So can I get a high5ive then?”

Couple of other natterings ’20th on my high 5iving mission and getting the rest of the band as cosplayers’ … More natterings with the other peoples. He does look good in his glasses. Then he went off to his car.

As him, Kerry and the boys drove past in car. They stopped infront of us.

Scott; “see you later Abz” *waves*
Me; “see ya” *salutes*
Scott; *looks at me for a second*  “Kerry, you seen this?”
Kerry looked and then  was saying something to boys in the back of car. No idea what it was. Scott kept looking and then drove off.

  • Ritchie just looked and me and then carried on talking to others and then Chris beeped so he had to move. Everyone has to tell Ritchie they got “soaking wet for him”.. he loved it 😉 ha
  • Sean.. was… well… Sean.

This is where I say. Sorry if this made no sense.

I am currently trying to look through 200 and then another 100 notifications on Facebook. What’s going on peoples? Since when did I deserve all this niceness? You are all amazing for your comments, support and appreciation. I just can’t process it all. TOO MUCH NICE! My mind is totally blown. Thank you for all the support – you are all crazy pants  and I love you for it 🙂 xx

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