Concert Etiquette – #MusicMonday

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In recent years I have found that attending concerts hasn’t been as enjoyable as in years past.  I have loved music since I was young, my parents allowed me to listen to most anything and I was regularly attending concerts as soon as I could drive.  For me it has always been about the music.  Apparently that has changed and now it is more about being social.  I’m not quite sure what caused this major shift, but I am going to blame the cell phone.  I used to be able to go to concerts and enjoy the musician(s) playing, but more often than not you are now serenaded by people chatting away.  I think the more connected we have become, the more disconnected from courtesy we truly are.

Therefore we here at The Next Bar Stool have created rules for attending a concert:

The Next Bar Stool Guide to Concert Goers

1.  Before you purchase the ticket you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Who are you going with?  If it is alone or with people that are into the group, then go for it.  If they are people who don’t really care, don’t invite them or don’t go with them.
  2. What type of show is it?  Is it screamo or acoustic?  Is it something you can sit through without talking to someone the whole night?  If it is go for it.  If it is not, don’t go.
  3. Are you really gung-ho about this act?  If you aren’t, then you probably shouldn’t go because you are most likely going to be distracting or you will get annoyed with distracting people and blame it on the artist.

2.  After you have purchased the ticket you need to decide what role your cell phone will play in the event.  Is it going to sit in your pocket?  Is it going to come out so you can hold it up and your friend who is 700 miles away can hear their favorite song?  Are you going to talk on it all night?  If the cell phone is going to take more precedence than the act, give your ticket away or sell it.  If it is going to be used to snap a few pictures, be used as a fake lighter, or to make that all important call, then go right ahead.  Just don’t block anyone’s view.

3.  You have arrived at the venue, gone through the rig-a-ma-roll and have entered the venue.  You now need to kick up the etiquette a notch.  First, you have to decide whether or not you are drinking.  If not, enjoy the show!  If you are, pace yourself.  1 drink an hour.  I know this is against what promoters want, but at the same time you probably don’t realize how annoying and/or douchey you get when you drink faster than that.  Jaegerbombs are out.  Remember, you are at a concert.  If you want to get plastered, skip buying a ticket and go to a bar and get hammered while pumping cash in a jukebox.

4.  The music has started.  SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE!  Seriously!  How hard is it to NOT TALK during a concert.  In case you haven’t noticed, this drives me bat-shit crazy!  I have said this and I will say it again, if you want to talk during a live show, skip it.  Buy a live album of the artist, your drinks of choice, and crank your stereo at home.  I paid $15-75 to listen to a specific artist, not you droning on about some prick in your city league basketball team or how Travis never returns your calls unless it involves him getting laid.  If I wanted to hear that, I would go to a bar.  I wanted to hear music, that is why I bought a ticket.

5.  Every concert has that moron that shouts out song titles.  Guess what?  The band created a playlist and they aren’t going to alter it for you, especially when you keep screaming it out after every song!  More than likely, they will play the song you wanted to hear, be patient.  Also, don’t yell “Freebird!” or “Stairway!”  It is an insult.  They don’t come to your office and yell out things demeaning to you.  And yes, those two songs are insults.  Unless you are seeing Skynyrd or Zep.  In that case, see the first half of this paragraph.

6.  Singing along is ok, as long as you are quiet enough that those around you can hear the person they paid to hear significantly more than you.  Belt it out when the musician/band asks and only then.

7.  Remember, you aren’t the only person in the venue.  If you are in the back don’t get mad that there are people standing up in front of you.  If you are 6′ 10″, stand more towards the side if you must be up front.  Never use more barstools than 1.  I recently attended a concert and watched someone sitting on a stool with their feet up on another while a VERY pregnant lady was trying to find a seat for a couple minutes to rest her sore feet.  (P.S. don’t mess with pregnant women, it is a battle you will always lose).

8.  If you are going to hit on band members, don’t forget the drummer.

So what we are saying is:

1. Be respectful.
2. Be there for the show.
3. Have a good time.

Did we miss anything?  Comment below!

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