If you’re into the music/festival scene, you’ve probably heard about MTV’s European Music Awards – an annual celebration bringing fans from around the world to celebrate the current top stars in music.


You party hard at the hottest events? You’re the first on the dancefloor? A regular of the mud, sweat and rain, front rows and mosh pits at open airs? You call yourself a real music fan? These were the four questions I answered with a big YES back in 2009 when applying for the Sony Ericsson Fanwalk competition. The winners of the contest would bag a spot in a reality show with 100 of the biggest music fans in Europe, walking from Hamburg to Berlin to watch the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (“EMAs”).

I had found out about this through my good friend, Tamara, who had won the competition a year earlier and represented Malta in the show starting her walk in London and ending in Liverpool for the 2008 MTV EMAs. I had also wanted to represent Malta, and therefore, I went ahead and applied. However, even though I was in the top ten most voted winners in my year, there was a setback in the terms and conditions, and I never made it to the 2009 Fanwalk.

Nevertheless, having watched the show religiously each and every year without even moving away from the television during the breaks when I was younger, and having had endless amounts of conversations day and night with a number of applicants from other countries throughout the competition, I was invited to attend what we call the “Fanwalk Reunion”, the following year in Madrid, Spain.

Although many people that know me can say that I am quite an extrovert, the introvert part of me took over and I was quite reluctant about it all. But having been told that somehow I was still part of the experience and a number of EMAsthe Fanwalkers wished for me to join them, I booked my flight tickets and hostel to Madrid. From that day onwards, I never thought twice about wanting to attend another reunion with such a great bunch of people.

Being in the company of such a diverse group of people coming from so many different countries and having different backgrounds but all sharing the same passion of music, and being able to share an experience of exploring the hosting city whilst also sharing life stories over a drink or two, is one never to be missed.

Before attending each and every reunion (which is six out of eight of them), we would already be discussing plans from a year before and the Fanwalkers who would be living in that city or country would work on a guidebook of where we shall be visiting or partying at, and also basic information we should know about the city itself.

Other than that, we have others who take care of contacting MTV to provide us with tickets for which, each year, we send a collective video showing why we deserve them. Without fail, MTV always tend to fall in love with our submission and give us all a ticket to attend the shows.

I must say that the MTV Europe Music Awards is one of the most prestigious live music events in my books, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Having watched a number of my favourite artists such as James Bay, Kings of Leon, U2, Ed Sheeran, One Republic, Greenday and Biffy Clyro, I also had the chance of meeting NERVO, Ruby Rose and Pendulum. To be a part of this group has always been an amazing experience and quite honestly, we’ve already started the countdown to meeting in Bilbao in 2018 for the next MTV EMA Awards.


 

MTV European Music Awards – Fashion Hits and Misses

The 24th annual European Music Awards took over London town on Sunday 12th November. The awards were full to the brim with a number of entertaining performances, Rita Ora as the host. However, it wasn’t just about the music…we tuned in for the fashion, too! Some slayed the red carpet, whilst others either bored us all, or totally tried too hard they failed anyway. Here are the looks we loved and didn’t love!

 

 

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