As we gear up for Canadian Music Week, I thought it timely to re-share my post on Concert Etiquette 101. We can all likely take a cue from the list below and if not – if you are let’s say the flawless example of a concert-goer (regardless of my skepticism), then we’d all appreciate you enlightening your not-so-savvy friends. Play safe this week friends!
CONCERT ETIQUETTE 101
My inspiration for this post came to me at a recent show. I witnessed a girl shoulder tap the tall fella in front of her and insist that he MOVE OVER (capitals used to express her hostile tone). He had nowhere to go…not forward, back, left, right…should he have gone into the perma-squat position? It might’ve been good for his glutes but not good for his ego. This resulted in Exhibit A, obviously not a seasoned concert-goer, to huff and puff in a tantrum that could have been avoided if she got there earlier , wasn’t so stuffy, or both. That said if you are vertically blessed, don’t push through the crowd to the stage, consequently blocking the shorter folks who were there before you. Not cool dude.
So there’s two for you. Here are 9 more concert etiquette tips from Torontette:
3. See the opening act. Show your support for them, as well as the headliner…after all, even the biggest bands were openers once.
4. Keep your tongue in your mouth. The people behind you came to see live music, not soft-core porn.
5. Don’t wear the t-shirt. Yes, we know you’re a fan, that’s why we’re all here dummy.
6. If you have long hair, do us all a courtesy and put it in a pony. A mouthful of locks while you’re grooving doesn’t mix well with beer.
7. Leave your backpacks, oversized satchels and purses in the closet. Nothing’s worse than getting side-swiped by last season’s Michael Kors or the kid who brought his book bag. I know it’s a stretch but a concert venue is not the library.
8. Don’t start moshing with an open drink. Yes, concerts can get messy but the only moisture you should be wearing is your own ‘glow’ from dancing so hard. Not your concert neighbour’s warm Bud Light.
9. Ladies, wear flats. I don’t care how comfortable your new 5-inch summer sandals are…you’ll thank me later.
10. Pay attention to the set list. Don’t call out for a song to be played that they have already performed. It’s embarrassing, for them, more so for you.
11. Remember you are not in the band. I know sometimes the urge to haul yourself up on stage, show off your dance moves and how well you know all the lyrics is tempting but the audience has paid to see an artist that they love, not some fool jumping around rhythm-less oaf.
Would love to hear more if you’ve got them.
Love, T. xo