When attending a concert you tend to feel transported, the atmosphere fresh and bubbly. When you attend a concert it has usually been in preparation for months, a countdown to a few hours of ecstasy. Personally, I have attended many in my time, I find myself chasing the high, the rush that I did at the last.
Specifically, a gig at the Metro Theatre to see Motionless in White. It was everything you want in a show; the crowd, the ambience, the banding together nature of it all in such a short time frame. The collective identity of the surrounding people, all different but vastly the same. I have never felt so connected to society and to others than I did at that concert. Though I have been to many gigs since it is embedded in my memory.
Nonetheless, there have been a few occasions where this is not the case. My experience at certain gigs – Sleeping with Sirens and You & Me at Six as two examples, that explore the negatives. As a frequent attendee there are signs, aspects of a concert that and its contents that I find myself looking for. For one when the atmosphere feels off than it usually will be, the people surrounding you are important to your personal enjoyment as a concert is very much built on collective experiences not individually like you would be with your spotify.
My negative experience at these two gigs rely solely on others rather than myself. For instance pushy crowds, now I know what you’re thinking listening to the music I do and I find an issue with this? The truth is, in most cases I do not. However, hurting others because of your own fangirl attributes and physically fighting people around you for a spot at the barricade and shouting threats shouldn’t have to be on a ‘WHAT NOT TO DO’ article. “If a concert is general admission, the people in front earned their spots.” writes the rolling stone in their article on annoying concert behaviors. “The people all the way in front might have even spent all day camped out by the doors, so when the lights go off and you shove your way to the front, you’re being a huge asshole. Don’t do that. If you show up late and there’s only room in the back, you’ve just gotta deal with it.”
The rolling stone explores the concepts of ‘unspoken’ rules in a shared audience, a discussion relating to my BCM10 lecture, though in this case clearly need to be continuously brought up which really brings on the thought of why are they unspoken and are we really expected to already know them?
From my own experience at the two stated above gigs I would say that it should not have to be said that physically hurting others for your own gain shouldn’t have to be a spoken rule in any collective experience.
Andy Greene, The 10 Most Annoying Concert Behaviors, Jannuary 14th, 2013, 8.33PM ET, [online] The Rolling stone https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/the-10-most-annoying-concert-behaviors-199696/