Contest Winners: Awaken The Empire

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We asked you to tell us your best road trip story for a chance to win Awaken The Empire merch. Infectious Magazine is pleased to announce the winners from the first round of contests, as well as publish their road trip stories.

Don’t forget, if you didn’t win this round, there will be another chance to win coming up!

Winner 1: Kim

Back in September of last year, I went on a road trip with my Dad to Uproar Festival in order to see Avenged Sevenfold, my favorite band. I had never seen them live before, and it killed me that I had never seen Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, my ultimate hero.

We drove for hours on end blasting my A7X CDs, just living the music. Then we finally got there, and it was so very, very perfect. Their stage presence was so grand that it felt like I was in the front row despite being in the back. And the most beautiful part was that I could feel Jimmy as well as everyone’s love for him.

It was the best day of my life, however overrated it sounds. It was, without a doubt, well worth the drive.

Winner 2: Barb

I’ve only ever been on one road trip for a band before, and that was last September to see the band Get Scared play. It was a small trip, just from Tampa, FL to Jax Beach, FL. Should have only taken a few hours. My friend and I must have gotten lost at least twenty times. We, mistakenly, used Mapquest for our directions, which seemed to have not been updated since the site first started. Roads it told us to take did not exist, along with certain, crucial exits. When it said to go left, we were supposed to go right. Luckily people who work at gas stations pretty much know their areas and easily pointed us back, literally back, in the right direction. The one memorable fluke in directions was when it said for us to follow this certain interstate for nine miles and take a certain exit. Literally thirty exits later, we pull off and stop at a gas station just to find out we were two exits away from what we were looking for. Thank you, again, Mapquest for making that trip long. On top of that, the gas cards my friend got from work were only good at a certain gas station, that apparently don’t exist on the trek from a to b. So they were never used. Long story short, after six and a half hours of driving, we finally get to the venue. And then twenty minutes after doors were supposed to open, the show got cancelled. 

That night did end up being one of the best nights I’ve had in a long time. The drive back though? Not so much considering there was no sleep during the night, but plenty of whiskey. We ended up stopping at a random McDonalds in Daytona Beach and passing out for a couple hours. Even though the show got cancelled, the whole journey was just amazing. And I’d probably do it again in a heart beat.

Thank you again to everyone who participated. Be on the lookout for the next Awaken The Empire Contest!

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Angela Mastrogiacomo

Founder of Infectious Magazine & Muddy Paw Public Relations. Lover of passion, ice cream, and books.

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