Music concerts are a major passion of mine since I can remember. Live music, the atmosphere, hearing a band you’ve been following since before they were even played on radio in ‘real life’ and getting to be part of it, actually seeing what the band looks like, the whole feel & smell of it = I LOVE IT. But I must say without fail I am always shocked by the behaviour of some music ‘lovers’.
My taste in music is pretty varied (blush) from Tina Turner, The Killers, Girls Aloud, Bryan Adams, R.E.M, U2 through to the latest Foo Fighters and Passenger and many small gigs and large festivals in between from Party in the Park to Glastonbury. Not a bad achievement!
So let’s look at my ‘5 step guide’ for music concert behaviour:
1. Drinking Before the Concert
Generally speaking you pay a lot of money to see a band live – don’t get drunk before the band has even started. Seriously, why get wasted before the band are even on? This is so true in my experience for some big bands I’ve been to see where tickets were around £80.00 (for cheap seats) and 2 hours before the event people are passing out. What’s that about?
2. The whole Toilet issue
Yes, the toilets at these events can be somewhat disgusting but standing in the crowd, urinating into a bottle and THEN throwing it – NEVER EVER okay? Got it? EVER.
3. Pushing In late – yes, YOU!
When you spend hours to get a good spot, don’t be the rude pushing in types. You know, the idiot(s) that push in front and then say “oops”, step on toes and continue to just blatantly stand in front of said people who may I remind you, have been there for hours. It’s just not right or fair and would you do that at the queue in your local grocery store? Not likely!
4. Stay – until the end
Don’t leave early to avoid traffic – yep you heard me. What a rookie mistake, why would you? You are seeing the band live, this one time, who knows when you will get the opportunity so just stay, enjoy it, milk it to the end. Traffic is part of life – sleep late over the weekend and catch up the sleep, but while you are there, be fully present and enjoy it to the end (some of the best acoustics, songs and memories of the night at this stage, you wouldn’t leave the cinema before the film was done would you?).
5. Love it and choose friends who do too
Only go with people who genuinely know and enjoy the music of the band you’ve gone to see, nothing worse than bopping along / jumping up and down / head banging or whatever action is called for at the gig to have someone say “can we go?”. See point 4. Pick wisely.
My feeling is, if you can’t stick to the above, just buy the CD and listen to it at home, it’s the only decent thing to do.