2013 has barely passed – and the number of massive music events that have come our way is staggering. Future Music Festival 2013, Swedish House Mafia, Paramore, Linkin Park…this year has definitely gone well for all live-music lovers. We all know there’s a big difference between recordings of your favourite artistes and actually seeing them live, and getting the chance to go to a live concert would undoubtedly thrill us to bits. We would make the most of the opportunity.
Sadly, not all of us can claim the distinction of having had the best time ever at these concerts. All concert-goers will at some point or another have encountered the few people who insist on ruining the experience for their fellow partiers, who have no sense of place, time or courtesy. And sometimes, God forbid, we’re those people.
So how can we, as responsible ravers, partygoers, and concert enthusiasts make the most of the experience?
- Respect the space.
Crowded as every concert crowd may be, the rules of personal space still apply. You wouldn’t want some dude’s elbow flying into your face mid-jump, would you? In the same way, be aware of your surroundings. Don’t block the shorties if you’re tall. Stick to one spot once you’ve found it, and don’t shove.
- Chill on the alcohol.
If you and your friends choose to enjoy the event buzzed on alcohol, by all means. But don’t let your need for the buzz kill everybody else’s. Bottom line: Drunkards suck.
- Mosh well.
Let’s face it, some bands can’t be fully enjoyed unless there’s a massive mosh pit. Or wall of death, if the concert is that awesome. Too often, though, have these mosh pits been hijacked by people who think that the idea is to injure everyone within flailing range. Dude, it’s violent dancing, not a royal rumble. If someone goes down, pick the guy back up so that he doesn’t get trampled. And mosh some more.
And remember the few, the happy few, that may prefer to enjoy the concert without breaking into spasms. They are mostly girls. Guys (yes, it’s sexist, but how many girls do you usually see in a circlepit?), watch out for them. Their blood will be on your heads.
- Don’t try to dictate the setlist.
You are not the band. You are not the DJ. You will not be able to tell them what you want them to play, because (chances are) they will not listen. Unless everybody else is yelling the same thing (which rarely works anyway) or they ask, in which case they’re awesome. But generally, don’t bother trying. You’ll just annoy everyone else around you.
- Video recording
…is a major buzzkill for everyone around you. Unless you’re being paid by the organisers to do it, you will not be able to find a spot where you can have a good view and record the performance in peace. People jumping, partying and moshing – all of these increase the chances of you going home with a broken camera instead of a magnum opus. And you’re more likely anyway to record the couple singing along next to you than the actual music. Leave the camera at home.
- And lastly: Don’t be a jerk.
This pretty much sums up concert etiquette, the greatest commandment of them all. You’re there to have fun, party, and bullsh*t. But so is everybody else. Don’t ruin it.