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The 10 Most Annoying Concert Behaviors


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Written on: 16.01.2013 12:27
Bongo Anders
Posts: 1154
Here are Rolling Stones top 10 over bad behavour at a concert, all of them except number 10 fits with the experienses i had at Roskilde.


By Andy Greene
January 14, 2013 3:33 PM ET
Going to rock concerts has always meant dealing with a bunch of unruly people, many of them very drunk – but it seems like lately things have been worse than ever. Attention spans are at an all-time low, and the ubiquity of smartphones has resulted in a huge percentage of the audience at any given show barely paying attention to the action onstage. Here are the 10 most annoying behaviors at rock concerts:

1. Taking pictures the entire freaking show.

I get it. You want to show all your friends on Facebook and Twitter that you saw a cool concert. Fine. Take a photo. Take five if you want! But please, don't take 77. You always manage to hold your camera right in my line of sight. You don't even look like you're enjoying the show while you're doing this. All your attention is on the photos. And you know what? Those photos are all going to look like shit. Every single one of them. You're too far away. You'll probably never even look at them. Also, you see those guys right in front of the stage with the giant cameras? They're taking great professional pictures. There's really no need for yours.

2. Checking e-mail, Facebook and Twitter every couple of minutes.

Unless you're a surgeon or a firefighter, everything can wait. Live in the moment. Enjoy the show. You paid good money to be here. You can e-mail your friends when you get home. Also, that cellphone emits a very harsh and distracting glow. For the love of God, just turn it off.

On Daily Beast: Technology's Awkward Bathroom Invasion

3. Incessantly talking to your friends.

You might not like whatever song is playing. You may be bored with the show in general. You may have been dragged here against your will. But you've been chattering the entire show, and I can hear every word. It's driving me crazy. Please shut up. Please. I can't tell you how many shows I attend where the two people in front of me are yelling in each others' ears the entire night. Not only is my sightline blocked when their heads come together, but I can hear them. Maybe go to a coffee shop when the show is done. Lie under an oak tree and talk until the sun comes up. I don't care. Just quiet down so I can enjoy the show.

4. Yelling out requests.

Look, I hope Morrissey plays "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" also. That would be cool – but stop screaming for it. Most of the time the set list is pre-determined, and you're screaming in my ear. They're going to play what they're going to play. Go along for the ride. And to the guy screaming for a super obscure B-side from 15 years ago? Nobody thinks you're cool.

5. Yelling out "Freebird!"

This request deserves its own subcategory of irritation. This joke has never been funny. Not once. Just stop. It was lame in 1981. Now it's just infuriating.

6. Pushing your way to the front.

If a concert is general admission, the people in front earned their spots. They got there early and laid claim to their space. The people all the way in front might have even spent all day camped out by the doors, so when the lights go off and you shove your way to the front, you're being a huge asshole. Don't do that. If you show up late and there's only room in the back, you've just gotta deal with it.

7. Getting so drunk you puke.

At pretty much any big concert, you'll see a janitor emerge after a couple of songs with a big broom and a bucket of sawdust. It means somebody puked. It's a bummer for the puker, but the people all around have to deal with the aftermath. Don't be the vomit guy. There's no worse kind of person to be at the concert.

8. Loudly complaining after the show because the band didn't play your favorite song.

Not all artists take the Rod Stewart/Billy Joel/Tom Petty approach of "nothing but the hits." Performers like Neil Young or Van Morrison are unpredictable. This is actually a good thing. Try to enjoy the show you're getting as opposed the one you wish you were seeing. Besides, haven't you heard "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Southern Man" enough?

9. Filming the entire show on your iPhone.

This distracts people even worse than taking pictures, and usually results in an equally horrid product. The sad irony is that people tend to film their favorite songs, but the smiles on their faces are gone when all their concentration goes into capturing these moments on film. Tomorrow morning, YouTube will be cluttered with crappy cellphone videos of every song from whatever show you're seeing. There's no need to add to that. You paid good money to see a show, and you're joylessly watching it through a tiny screen on your iPhone. It just doesn't make any sense.

10. Yelling "Sit down!" at people who are standing up.

This is a real problem at theater and arena shows that attract fans over the age of, say, 40. Nobody can quite agree when to stand or when to sit down. Inevitably, there are some people standing right in front of people that wish to remain seated. Between songs, someone will scream "Sit down!" The stander either obliges, or yells back something like "Go fuck yourself." The person in the seat just seethes with rage, and the tension seeps through the whole section. Often the person is standing only because someone in front of them is standing. It leads to chaos, and grumpy old people spending the entire show miserable. This has to stop. Here's a simple rule of thumb: If you can't see, stand up. It's very easy. Inversely, if everyone in front of you is seated, sit down. Go with the flow and just relax. We're all in this concert together.

[This article was edited 2 times, at last 16.01.2013 at 12:28.]
Written on: 16.01.2013 13:34
The Rehabilitation of Luis Suarez
Posts: 2506
Bongo Anders wrote:

Here are Rolling Stones top 10 over bad behavour at a concert, all of them except number 10 fits with the experienses i had at Roskilde.


By Andy Greene
January 14, 2013 3:33 PM ET
Going to rock concerts has always meant dealing with a bunch of unruly people, many of them very drunk – but it seems like lately things have been worse than ever. Attention spans are at an all-time low, and the ubiquity of smartphones has resulted in a huge percentage of the audience at any given show barely paying attention to the action onstage. Here are the 10 most annoying behaviors at rock concerts:

1. Taking pictures the entire freaking show.

I get it. You want to show all your friends on Facebook and Twitter that you saw a cool concert. Fine. Take a photo. Take five if you want! But please, don't take 77. You always manage to hold your camera right in my line of sight. You don't even look like you're enjoying the show while you're doing this. All your attention is on the photos. And you know what? Those photos are all going to look like shit. Every single one of them. You're too far away. You'll probably never even look at them. Also, you see those guys right in front of the stage with the giant cameras? They're taking great professional pictures. There's really no need for yours.

2. Checking e-mail, Facebook and Twitter every couple of minutes.

Unless you're a surgeon or a firefighter, everything can wait. Live in the moment. Enjoy the show. You paid good money to be here. You can e-mail your friends when you get home. Also, that cellphone emits a very harsh and distracting glow. For the love of God, just turn it off.

On Daily Beast: Technology's Awkward Bathroom Invasion

Pathetic behavior, but unless they disturb me with it I don't care. Each to their own

3. Incessantly talking to your friends.

You might not like whatever song is playing. You may be bored with the show in general. You may have been dragged here against your will. But you've been chattering the entire show, and I can hear every word. It's driving me crazy. Please shut up. Please. I can't tell you how many shows I attend where the two people in front of me are yelling in each others' ears the entire night. Not only is my sightline blocked when their heads come together, but I can hear them. Maybe go to a coffee shop when the show is done. Lie under an oak tree and talk until the sun comes up. I don't care. Just quiet down so I can enjoy the show.

This is the one that really gets to me. Go to the back if you don't want to get into the show

4. Yelling out requests.

Look, I hope Morrissey plays "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" also. That would be cool – but stop screaming for it. Most of the time the set list is pre-determined, and you're screaming in my ear. They're going to play what they're going to play. Go along for the ride. And to the guy screaming for a super obscure B-side from 15 years ago? Nobody thinks you're cool.

Rarely happens a lot at Roskilde

5. Yelling out "Freebird!"

This request deserves its own subcategory of irritation. This joke has never been funny. Not once. Just stop. It was lame in 1981. Now it's just infuriating.

Never heard of this thing

6. Pushing your way to the front.

If a concert is general admission, the people in front earned their spots. They got there early and laid claim to their space. The people all the way in front might have even spent all day camped out by the doors, so when the lights go off and you shove your way to the front, you're being a huge asshole. Don't do that. If you show up late and there's only room in the back, you've just gotta deal with it.

This one is really bad!

7. Getting so drunk you puke.

At pretty much any big concert, you'll see a janitor emerge after a couple of songs with a big broom and a bucket of sawdust. It means somebody puked. It's a bummer for the puker, but the people all around have to deal with the aftermath. Don't be the vomit guy. There's no worse kind of person to be at the concert.

I've seen many people winding out their willy and urinating in the crowd. Never seen anyone vomit at a show

8. Loudly complaining after the show because the band didn't play your favorite song.

Not all artists take the Rod Stewart/Billy Joel/Tom Petty approach of "nothing but the hits." Performers like Neil Young or Van Morrison are unpredictable. This is actually a good thing. Try to enjoy the show you're getting as opposed the one you wish you were seeing. Besides, haven't you heard "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Southern Man" enough?

I couldn't care less about that

9. Filming the entire show on your iPhone.

This distracts people even worse than taking pictures, and usually results in an equally horrid product. The sad irony is that people tend to film their favorite songs, but the smiles on their faces are gone when all their concentration goes into capturing these moments on film. Tomorrow morning, YouTube will be cluttered with crappy cellphone videos of every song from whatever show you're seeing. There's no need to add to that. You paid good money to see a show, and you're joylessly watching it through a tiny screen on your iPhone. It just doesn't make any sense.

There is nothing I hate more than journalist writing about iPhone as the only phone or iPad as the only tablet. I hate that a lot more than someone filming a show. I am able to move 1 meter to the side if I have a problem with seeing the show

10. Yelling "Sit down!" at people who are standing up.

This is a real problem at theater and arena shows that attract fans over the age of, say, 40. Nobody can quite agree when to stand or when to sit down. Inevitably, there are some people standing right in front of people that wish to remain seated. Between songs, someone will scream "Sit down!" The stander either obliges, or yells back something like "Go fuck yourself." The person in the seat just seethes with rage, and the tension seeps through the whole section. Often the person is standing only because someone in front of them is standing. It leads to chaos, and grumpy old people spending the entire show miserable. This has to stop. Here's a simple rule of thumb: If you can't see, stand up. It's very easy. Inversely, if everyone in front of you is seated, sit down. Go with the flow and just relax. We're all in this concert together.

Never happens at Roskilde as you say




They don't mention the most infuriating thing of them all- knobheads who throw half full plastic glasses of beer and/or food. I seriously want to punch them hard in the face. Most often they are in a big crowd of tough kids bigging up their ego.

Roskilde should target these people and cut their wristbands immediately. Totally unacceptable behavior aimed at making life miserable for some unfortunate people
Written on: 16.01.2013 13:42
TMaagaard
Posts: 380
A lot of annoying things in that list, I especially hate people chatting all the time.
I'd like to add: People going all the way to the front of a show, stay the first 5 or 10 minutes, then make their way out through a dense crowd. I don't get that.
Written on: 16.01.2013 13:52
Unison
Posts: 30
TMaagaard wrote:

A lot of annoying things in that list, I especially hate people chatting all the time.
I'd like to add: People going all the way to the front of a show, stay the first 5 or 10 minutes, then make their way out through a dense crowd. I don't get that.


If the band put on a rubbish show.

If a band I like but are playing rubbish I wont suffer all there show, saying that I rare go to the front nowadays.
Written on: 16.01.2013 14:18
TMaagaard
Posts: 380
Unison wrote:

If the band put on a rubbish show.

If a band I like but are playing rubbish I wont suffer all there show, saying that I rare go to the front nowadays.


Well, I'd say it's too early to say if it's truly rubbish after such a short time.

[This article was edited 1 times, at last 16.01.2013 at 14:19.]
Written on: 16.01.2013 14:34
Christian Forslund
Posts: 342
They don't mention the most infuriating thing of them all- knobheads who throw half full plastic glasses of beer and/or food. I seriously want to punch them hard in the face. Most often they are in a big crowd of tough kids bigging up their ego.

Roskilde should target these people and cut their wristbands immediately. Totally unacceptable behavior aimed at making life miserable for some unfortunate people

Yes this is also the worst behaviour for me, and usually you can recognize these groups imidiately. It seems often to be an entire young camp gone to a concert at orange concert in the afternoon. The guys ofter carrying weird stuff like hats, sticks etc and very drunk. It seems unavoidable that at sometime they will start throwing stuff while thinking they are cool. I guess it's those kinds of people you rather avoid than the Rihanna fans.

In general I hate, when I end up concentrating more on the audience around me than the concert, which happens a lot at RF (but not surprisingly since most concerts there is not with their fovouriteband.
Written on: 16.01.2013 20:10
The Rehabilitation of Luis Suarez
Posts: 2506
Christian Forslund wrote:

They don't mention the most infuriating thing of them all- knobheads who throw half full plastic glasses of beer and/or food. I seriously want to punch them hard in the face. Most often they are in a big crowd of tough kids bigging up their ego.

Roskilde should target these people and cut their wristbands immediately. Totally unacceptable behavior aimed at making life miserable for some unfortunate people

Yes this is also the worst behaviour for me, and usually you can recognize these groups imidiately. It seems often to be an entire young camp gone to a concert at orange concert in the afternoon. The guys ofter carrying weird stuff like hats, sticks etc and very drunk. It seems unavoidable that at sometime they will start throwing stuff while thinking they are cool. I guess it's those kinds of people you rather avoid than the Rihanna fans.

In general I hate, when I end up concentrating more on the audience around me than the concert, which happens a lot at RF (but not surprisingly since most concerts there is not with their fovouriteband.


This is exactly my problem. With ADD I can easily get distracted by those things, it ruins the concert sometimes.
Written on: 17.01.2013 06:37
Psykruuse
Posts: 241
I´ve seen a guy take a piss once in the middle of the crowd but thats really the only issue I´ve ever come across. Maybe I am just more tolerant of peoples behaviors or perhaps I give the concert the focus it deserves so I dont get distracted by minor incidents.

There will always be people wanting to get to the front and/or to the back and if its crowded you just have to step aside. Its part of going to a major concert.
Same can be said about people chatting and yelling for the band to play a specific song.

For me the crowd is almost as big a part of the concert experience than the band or music.

However I do hate when people throw beer cups around.
Written on: 20.01.2013 19:43
Stand up for rock n' roll!
Posts: 488
Experienced All of them, even nummer 10.. I actually thought They were joking


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