I absolutely love going to concerts. Actually, I hate to think how much money I’ve spent on going to concerts since my very first one in 1994… It’s not just the concert ticket, it’s the programme, the t-shirt, the merchandise, the travel, the hotel. Still, it’s all been worth it. There are, however, people who have no respect for others at concerts.
Seasoned concert-goers will encounter the same issues time and time again, no matter the music artist or the venue. I would have probably brushed most of these things off when I was younger, but as I hurtle towards my 40’s I find them very annoying. I’ve paid for this concert and I want to enjoy it!
First off, don’t queue-jump or push in front. Want to be at the front barrier for a standing gig? Get there early and queue! Don’t expect to rock up late and push your way to a good spot at the front. The people around you won’t thank you for it.
Want to be near the front but can’t queue for hours on end? Head towards the sides of the front of the stage. Most people head towards the middle, so you’ll notice fewer people towards the sides.
Don’t arrive halfway through the support act. When I saw Rick Astley support Take That in Manchester earlier this year, I missed most of his set because of people going back and forth from our row for drinks/toilet and then others trying to find their seats and asking what row we were (we were at the end of our row). Very annoying!
Don’t talk throughout the performance. People have paid good money to see and hear a performer, they do not want to hear you and your mate chatting away. While you may think you’re holding a private conversation, you’re actually shouting quite loudly so your friend can hear you. Everyone around you can hear you too and its rather distracting. I don’t want to hear what Mavis at work was doing. Shut up and enjoy the music! Chat after the show.
Don’t watch the whole performance through your phone or camera. The people behind you want to see the gig too! I must admit, I’m sometimes guilty of this, but I do try to limit the time I’m taking photos.
Yes, banners are fun, but not for the people behind you!
Don’t get drunk! I’ve never understood people getting absolutely bladdered at concerts. Concert tickets are fairly expensive these days (as are drinks on sale at the venue) and yet time and time again I see people getting so drunk they spoil the show for everyone around them. They get loud, throw up, can barely stand, spill drink all over themselves and other people, get argumentative and start fights, and the list goes on. Why?! They rarely see much, if any, of the show, whilst ruining it for everyone else. This behaviour is getting more and more common. Both the venues and the people getting drunk need to take more responsibility. I’ve never understood the need to get drunk in order to have a good time! Of course, these are the same people who are back and forth from their seats/spot because their bladder is permanently full.
This post might come across as a bit of a moan or whine, but I’m sure anyone who has been to a concert has had to put up with the above and more. Is there anything which annoys you at concerts?
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