We have all been there, at a show, big or small, but something you have waited to see, for months, ready to sing along, get involved, and REALLY enjoy your night. Alas, the night is ruined, most likely by one of these little things below. We don't want to tell you how to have fun, but we see soo many people complain online about people talking too loudly, barging or whatever else, we thought we would pull together a handy, go to list on how YOU can make sure that nobody thinks you are the thing running the gig! Share this article widely and soon we will live in a musical Utopia before too long.
Positioning is Key.
Gigs are not just one environment. Within a gig of only a couple of hundred people you will see micro environments form. Moshing is reserved for the front. Those who just want to take it in stand behind the crowd right at the back, without touching anyone. You can scale through a crowd and get a line between desire to listen and desire to rock the further forward you go. So, stand somewhere that is right for you. If you are going to cut loose and flail around the room, do it at the front. Otherwise, you are just ruining someone else's night, and in truth, without like minded people to normalise your behaviour, you just look strange.
There is no delicate way to put this. If you put money over a ticket counter to see music, and then do not listen to the music, but rather discuss the football with your friends, don't come. Go to the pub. Save the ticket cost and show respect to the other people who ALSO paid money to listen to the music, but cannot hear it because you are discussing whatever it is you are talking about. It is rude, let's leave it there. Obviously sing-a-long is completely encouraged, silence is actually quite eerie, but generally show respect to those around you, and if you are being loud, and the music is not the main thing you are there for, don't be there.
Getting to the front
So you arrive early at a gig, barely a soul there, you get to pick where you stand, you have earned this. However, if you arrive 2 minutes before the headliners take to the stage, do you have the right to barge your way up to the very front and expect people to move for you? Spoiler alert: you don't. This ESPECIALLY applies to those blessed with height, don't barge your way to the front only to stand in front of someone who cannot see past you and ruin their night. Likewise, if you are on the shorter side of life and you make your way to the back of a giant, don't complain, they can hear what you are saying almost exclusively, and it is your own fault.
And Finally... Drinking
Festival season is almost upon us, and we know what that means. Limited choice of drink at an inflated price, and we wouldn't change it for the world. But one word of advice, drink is for drinking. Seeing people throw beer cups half filled into a crowd is just stupid, on multiple levels. For starters it is the equivalence of throwing £5 into a crowd, why do that? Only this £5 makes people angry, and smell like beer or sticky like cider, in conclusion, it is not cool, DON'T DO IT.
As you can see, it is not hard, and if we all follow the above I guarantee the summer coming will be one of the greatest in gigging and festivals in a long time.