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Concert behavior: what not to do

Concert behavior: what not to do

September 29
12:21 2015

Sam Beckett | Staff Writer


The annual Oaktopia Festival happened this weekend, and there was no shortage of live music to enjoy. Despite the amazing lineups, there are always bound to be people ruining the experience with annoying behaviors.

1. Constantly tweeting, posting, and taking pictures

Nothing is more irritating than when a band starts to get their groove going and an adjacent individual is intent on live-tweeting the entire concert. One of the special things about concerts is how the shared musical experience is unlike any other form of entertainment. Social media can wait. Be in the moment and enjoy the show.

2. Yelling out song requests

It’s cool to be a fan of the performing band’s old stuff. It isn’t cool to yell out obscure songs the band isn’t likely to play. No one wants to hear a voice screaming out song titles in a futile attempt to get the performers’ attention. Nobody thinks it’s cool. Let the band do their thing. Enjoy the show they’ve put together.

3. Public displays of affection

It’s fun to take a significant other out to a concert, but no one wants to see some guy’s tongue down his girlfriend’s throat during the encore. Nothing is more disgusting—or distracting—than watching two drunk people express their love with intense PDA. Get a room.

4. Being too cool

It’s easy to spot someone who thinks they’re “cooler” than the moment. These people always look irritated at the people who are actually enjoying themselves. Don’t be that person. Take your sunglasses off if it isn’t sunny outside. Let loose and don’t things so seriously. Dance with strangers, sing along and have fun. Make new friends and enjoy the youthful experience of the concert.

5. Getting wasted

Aside from being dangerous and stupid, getting black-out drunk at a concert isn’t fun for anyone. No one signed up to take care of a friend who can’t remember what planet they’re on because they downed 30 PBRs. Moderate the alcohol consumption. Take it easy.

6. Personal Space

This is a tricky one. On one hand, no one can expect too much personal space in the crowd at a concert. But this is no excuse to grind your sweaty, drunken body up against someone much tinier than you. Do your part to respect people’s personal space.

7. Yelling to your friends

It’s unnecessary to update the entire friend group before each bathroom excursion or every trip to the merchandise table to score a sweet Polyphonic Spree button. Shouting at friends over the rest of the crowd is pointless and obnoxious. The other concert-goers are there to listen to music, not hear the color-commentary of someone else’s evening. In need of a partner on a pee break or t-shirt run? Whisper the request in a friend’s ear.

8. Taking Video

Taking video at concerts deserves its own category. Not only is the person far too consumed with their smart phone, not enjoying the collective musical experience, but they will also, no doubt, post that video on the Internet later. Videos taken at concerts are of poor quality, shaky and filled with drunken voices from the crowd that obscure the band’s music. Put the phone away and make some personal memories. Not everything needs to be digitally recorded and posted online for everyone to see.

Featured Image: A girl spins a light-up hula hoop during Bone Doggie & the Hickory St Hellraisers set Friday night. Ranjani Groth | Staff Photographer

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