There are many ways to enjoy live music. A concert is a great way for a community of fans to come together to listen to their favorite band or artist perform their favorite songs.
While concerts and festivals are meant for everyone to have a good experience, often times concert-goers do not feel that way.
With fans packed into a hot, loud area, there are numerous ways to get under each other’s skin. Here’s a few ways to avoid bothering your fellow fans and help everyone enjoy the show.
Don’t Push Into The Front
While it may be exciting to be as close to the stage as possible, many people wait hours to make sure that they can obtain that spot. Fans often become frustrated by the fact that others violently push their way up close, nullifying all the time that fans have dedicated to waiting patiently outside the venue to make sure they get the best spot they possibly can.
“It’s inconsiderate,” said Alexis O’Callahan, a senior and frequent concert-goer. “There’s been times where I’ve waited five hours to make sure I got a good spot, and people who got there five minutes after the show started tried to push me out of the way to take mine.”
If you find yourself being uncomfortable in the back, a great way to get a better spot is to make your way forward after a band or artist has finished.
People will often use the restroom, buy a drink at the bar or check out and purchase some of the band’s merchandise. This vastly opens up the general admission floor, allowing you to respectfully get closer to the stage.
“We all want to be at the front,” Adam Mosca said. “I like to think it’s unspoken law that if someone is ahead of you, they come first.”
Maintaining The Mosh Pit
There’s something about a group of people dancing and pushing around in a small circle that brings more excitement and energy to the crowd.
Bands often encourage it, as it tends to raise the energy of the crowd. Instead of people standing and watching, the experience can be much better with dancing and movement.
This does not mean that everyone is comfortable with it. At times, mosh pits can be violent. People standing on the rim of the pit can sometimes be thrown in and get hurt as a result. Just because someone happens to be standing right on the outside of it does not mean that they would like to join in.
“Some people may not care and will either push you in and go out of their way to strike you,” Mosca said. “It’s totally unnecessary and puts a damper on the whole show.
If you see someone fall in the mosh pit, help them up. Getting trampled is fun for no one, and it can often lead to serious injuries. Respect in the pit goes a long way.
Taking a few pictures and videos with your phone is a great way to share the experience with people who may not have been able to make it. But, if you’re holding your phone up to record the show in its entirety, it takes away from the experience.
Artists like Logic and Childish Gambino encourage audiences to put their phones to the side to enjoy the show in the moment. Often times, people hold up their phones to record the show and end up blocking the person behind them.
Being mindful of phone usage will help you get the best parts of the show for you to share while being in the moment for the rest.