48 Hours Of Sangria, Tapas & Partying At The 2019 EMAs With Nicole Millar In Spain
There's a reason why Seville in Spain's south has always been on your bucket list. If Barcelona (pronounced: Barthhhheeeelona) is the energetic, Gaudi-filled sibling then consider Sevilla the sensory overload-ed, cool sister. If rocking out to Baroque churches; bar-hopping following a 3-hour midday nap; filling yourself to the brim with Pintxo tapas and rich Sangria; then topping it all off by becoming the IRL Spanish girl emoji in the birthplace of Flamenco - then Seville is your kinda holiday destination. Firmly plant this one on your Euro Trip 2020 list.
This year the 2019 MTV European Music Awards took place in Seville - because honestly, after reading all of the above why would you go anywhere else? To celebrate, we and our buds at Fujifilm instax, sent along our fave Aussie songbird, Nicole Millar to be our on ground eyes and ears. The Sydney-sider jetted off for a whirlwind trip to attend her first ever EMAs and capture Seville in all her spicy, sassy, historical glory.
Our only rules were: take in all this iconic city has to offer...and give it all you've got.
We sat down with the ARIA Award-winning singer to find out exactly what 48 hours in Seville looks like.
What are your 3 survival tips for a long-haul flight?
Only 3?! I have a whole bag of cosmetics! But if 3 - water, my eye mask and makeup wipes.
How did you survive the jet lag when you arrived in Spain?
I’m basically running off adrenaline! I have a new song coming out soon so the hustle never stops, but definitely drinking lots of water, walking and no naps. I pushed through the tiredness and went to bed earlier than usual.
What are 5 things you've gotta do in Seville?
1. Eat tapas! Croquettes and Patatas Bravas are a must.
2. Visit the Royal Alcázars gardens.
3. Sit in a Spanish courtyard and drink a Vermouth or Espresso. The best way to know if it is good is if it’s full of Spanish people the busiest times are around 3-4pm or 9-11pm.
4. Walking is the best way to get around and see all the old beautiful buildings. Make sure you go to a rooftop and see the whole city.
5. Go to the coolest and weirdest bar you’ll ever visit called, El Garlochi. I took so many instax photos of these places so Seville will stay with me forever!
What were the best 5 things you ate in Seville?
Eat at El Pinton, a fancy tapas institution serving amazing Risotto and veggies. At La Azotea, try the Tuna Taco and Serrano Ham (Seville is known for this). Head to La Malvaloca where you can't go past the braised artichokes with almond cream. Go literally anywhere for some classic Patatas Bravas and Croquettes. And lastly if you're hungry after all of that the next morning, Torch Coffee is a great spot for breakfast.
Is authentic Sangria overrated or is it delicious?
Definitely delicious! Although I’m a sucker for a good Vermouth. It’s actually cheaper and quite similar. In Spain, the Gin is amazing as well.
What is the nightlife like in Seville?
It’s actually quite wild, you forget what time it is. Spain does not work on a 9-5 schedule, people eat late and wake up late. Clubs and bars are going until 7am, which makes total sense because people generally don’t eat dinner until 11pm.
Did you get on ~Spanish Time~ during your stay?
The first night I arrived I was so tired and jet-lagged and couldn’t get any food at 8:30pm and I was drifting to sleep! It’s also quite awkward if you eat early, as there is no atmosphere yet and people are still having a siesta after lunch.
Did you do any Flamenco dancing?
I didn’t, but after watching Rosalía, I need to learn for sure! She is a boss.
What happened when you finally made it to the EMAs?
It was so fun! Very busy, but fun. It was definitely a very memorable experience and I’m so glad I had my instax SQ6 with me to capture it all. It was very interesting to see the production levels of the performances and how much time they need to set up and set down the stage before the presenter comes on and announces the next award. A lot of preparation goes into these awards so it was great to go backstage and visit the venue to see how it all went down.
What went down on the red carpet?
The atmosphere was great, everyone was really excited to see everyone’s looks, the fans were singing and chanting as everyone walked by. I got a great instax photo of Terry Crews and his wife actually they were really nice.
Which was your favourite performance of the night?
Hands down Rosalia, I have so much respect for her and her artistry.
Any secrets to spill from the after party?
It was really fun, met some cool people from all parts of the world, South Africa, Nigeria, England, America and of course Spain. I actually went out the night before the EMAS as well and watched Greenday perform it was a really cool show and afterwards went to some Spanish clubs with some Spanish models – it was great!
PICS: Check Out All Of The Extremely Fire Looks From The 2019 EMAs Red Carpet...
PICS: Check Out All Of The Extremely Fire Looks From The 2019 EMAs Red Carpet
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