Concert Etiquette 101

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I have attended my fair share of concerts in the past ten years. I have watched rock, electronic, reggae, hip-hop, and even jazz shows. Though they are all unique in their own ways, I noticed a few general rules that people follow. Wait. Let me rephrase that. Some people follow. Just like it is a gentleman’s unwritten rule to open the door for a woman, there are unwritten rules for attending a live concert. Here are five guidelines I follow and you too should follow when attending a concert:

Show EVERY performer appreciation. I know you came to see so and so perform with the Flaming Flamingos, but come on. It only takes no more than a second to stop your mundane conversation about work or your partner’s inadequacies to clap for someone who at least had the guts to get on stage. The least you can do as an active crowd member is show some vital signs of life. You know, clap, hoot, holler, dance…Breathe. Besides, the agony of listening to said artist’s music won’t last forever.

Be cautious of your surroundings. So you had a few drinks in you. You’re feeling loosey goosey; wobbling around the venue, drink in hand; singing off-key and sloppily gyrating to the music. Sure there are people pointing and laughing at you as you regurgitate the new steps you learned from a Darrin’s Dance Grooves video. But it’s ok. Your friends will still love you. I think. I know you’re having fun in your reality, but in the real world its important to know what is going on around you. Not only is it important to know where the exits are for safety reasons, but you should also be cautious of what show-goers are doing. Shit happens. Randomness happens too. By being conscious of your surroundings you can avoid or eliminate possible threats to your safety. Check out the video below.

FYI: Watch the first minute to see what I’m talking about. Or you can watch the entire video if you go gaga for Lamb of God.

If you plan on stage diving, make sure there are people willing to catch you with open arms. Nuff said. Watch the video below. You’ll know what I mean.

Don’t take things too seriously. Concerts can bring the best and the worst out of people. They can transform men into sing-along groupies and teeny boppers into wild beasts. Trust me, their cute little faces and highly accessorized outfits can be very deceiving. So expect to have your pretty little shoes stepped on, your outfit spilled on, and to get shoved around like a rag doll. There’s no need to try to impress the girls standing adjacent from you by picking fights with everyone who ruffles up your Ed Hardy shirt. So do yourself and everyone a service by returning the Ed Hardy shirt to wherever you got it from, relaxing, and having a good time.

By all means, dress down. So you’re looking fancy, huh? Hair done, nails done, everything did. You got on your *”fuck ’em, girl dress,” ready to conveniently spill your drink on the first chickadee you see wearing the same outfit. Unless you’re at a safe distance from the stage, leave the cute ensemble you spent 300 dollars on at home. Or spend the extra 20 bucks to get the funk, alcohol, and “mystery stains” you swear that appeared out of thin air, cleaned off your new threads at a dry cleaner. Just sayin’.

*Click link and watch video for explanation. Start video at 2 minutes and 15 seconds. You’ll be entertained. I promise.

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