Kingdom Hearts Lazy Afternoons Themed Bard Party


As you travel through Eorzea, you may be lucky enough to hear a few notes of a familiar song in the distance. Follow the sound and you’ll see a bard – or even an entire band – using Final Fantasy 14’s Performance mode to create captivating music.

Whenever this happens to me, no matter what I was doing, I can’t help but find the performers and watch for a while, and I’m never the only one. Players gather from all over to listen and celebrate each other’s creativity, with crowds sometimes covering my entire screen.

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I’m always on the lookout for exciting community shows, and I’ve done my share of alts to attend specific gigs and events in other data centers. Still, I always find interesting new performances that blow my mind. Lazy Afternoons, the Kingdom Hearts-themed band of bards in the world of Primal’s Behemoth, was one of those gems I stumbled upon – but I didn’t find them in-game, but via the FF14 community.


“I’m very passionate about the Kingdom Hearts series,” Floppy, the creator of Lazy Afternoons, tells me. “When I was a kid, my parents took me in and they only allowed me to play Kingdom Hearts 2 because there were Disney characters on the box. It was the very first story game which I never had the opportunity to play, and he has a lot of good memories, especially the music, which is really amazing!

“Yoko Shimomura has such a unique style when it comes to songwriting, and I really appreciate his music. Around the start of 2021, I decided to revamp as many Kingdom Hearts songs as possible. I thought, why not have a Kingdom Hearts band after doing so many songs on the show?

Creating music with FF14’s Performance mode has been a hobby of Floppy for over two years, but it wasn’t until April 2022 that Lazy Afternoons saw the light of day. Running eight clients to encompass the entire group requires heavy hardware, something Floppy couldn’t facilitate until very recently.

What’s special about Lazy Afternoons is that each party member is a recreation of a Kingdom Hearts character – albeit with FF14 flair, of course – and each with an appropriate name. The little Goofy-themed Lalafell is called “Ah Hyuck”, while the Donald Lalafell is called “Donald Cure”. Considering the limitations of using FF14 clothing to create Kingdom Hearts outfits, it’s impressive how much the Lazy Afternoons resemble their KH counterparts, even though they’re full-size versions. a pint for some of them.

“It took a few days of planning before creating the characters,” says Floppy. “I went through many different characters such as Roxas, Namine and Lilo for example trying to come up with a fun name for them with a matching outfit. Fan favorite is Buff Riku, a friend of mine called Aina had the idea and had a character already created. I asked if I could use the concept in the group and did my best to replicate it. Aina also came up with Kairi’s name “No Screentime”. As for the other members, once I finally came up with a fun name for them, it took a whole day of searching the internet using pieces of other players’ Kingdom Hearts glamors with a few little twists to fit the characters being only level 30.”

Lazy Afternoons wouldn’t be complete without its wonderful repertoire of Kingdom Hearts-themed music, something that a lot of FF14 players enjoy. With the recent implementation of Data Center Travel, Floppy is eager to share his music and find time to appreciate the performances of others while continuing to perfect his own art.

“I think there are a lot of FF14 fans who are passionate about Kingdom Hearts and music in general,” says Floppy. “A lot of people have stopped their adventures to sit and listen, suddenly an hour passes, and they’re still mesmerized by the music. Seeing the recent responses on social media was also great. It warms my heart how much people really love the band and their names.

“There are so many lovely people in different data centers that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, not only am I excited to play on other worlds, but I’m also excited to go see others play. He there are so many other great bands with their own unique tones and songs.

Since the first implementation of Performance Mode in 2017, Square Enix has applied various improvements and updates, such as adding new instruments. This has left the bards of Eorzea living in constant hope for additional instruments or options that may be on the horizon.

“I would love to have the ability to swap between instruments the same way the electric guitar does, it would be really nice to swap between a piano and a harp, for example,” they say. “Overall, I appreciate the limitation we have on instruments, it’s a challenge for all of us, and if they add too many instruments, it might make the creative process less fun.”

Floppy plays with Lazy Afternoons as a hobby, so they have a much more relaxed approach than other bardic bands you may be familiar with, making them one of the more elusive acts to try and see.

“Most of the time it’s spur of the moment, and I hook them up and play somewhere fun,” they tell me. “Once in a while you’ll catch the party at certain spots if you check the party locator regularly! I’ve been doing this hobby for two years and want to thank Junk, Wiggs and Corrin for their incredible support and friendship throughout this journey.

If you want to learn more about Lazy Afternoons or even book the band for an event, you can check out their website here or follow Floppy on Twitter.

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