Unfortunately, the last show I attended in Houston was the worst show I have ever been to. However, the fault was not that of the person onstage, but of the crowd. In between acts, the people around me were also complaining about how rude everyone was. The couple beside me had even driven from another state and were shocked by how disrespectful Houstonians are at shows.
I apologized profusely and assured them that we aren't all bad, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that our city needs to be a little more polite at shows. Here are ten ways to have manners at a concert and still have a good time.
You Do Not Have a Future in Music Documentaries Are you a professional videographer or photographer? If the answer is no, then there is absolutely no reason your phone should be in the air the entire show, whether recording or snapping. Everyone wants to get a shot for his or her IG or FB, so taking a few snapshots is certainly okay, but holding your phone up for the entirety of the concert is just ridiculous. The people behind you are at the show to see it live, not on a screen.
Don't Push If you want to be at the front of a show, get to the show early like everyone else. Pushing and shoving your way through a crowd in order to make it to the front is both selfish and rude. Also, if you go to the restroom or to get a drink and need to re-enter the crowd, rather than barreling through, just explain yourself.
Most people will step aside for someone with drinks in his hand or if he says, "I went to the restroom; I'm trying to get back to my girlfriend." I am 5'3, so hearing an "Excuse me" is always better than a shoulder to the throat.
Don't Talk Over the Music When you go to a concert, go for the music. Don't go to lament to your friend about how the guy you're obsessed with never likes anything on your Instagram. Don't go to catch up with an old friend you haven't seen in years; meet that person for drinks or dinner before or after the show. Go for the music. If you aren't there for the music, then at least stand in the back or by the bar and chat at a normal volume.
The Shitfaced Sally Drinking and concerts go hand in hand. If you want to enjoy a tasty beverage, be my guest. But if you drink beyond the point of even remembering the show, then you probably should not be at the show. For one, you are a danger to yourself. What's more annoying, you are now a danger to everyone nearby that you are pushing over, falling on and puking on. Go home.
Stay Seated If you buy tickets for a seat, then you should plan on sitting during the show. It's understandable to stand during a hit song or during the encore, but standing during the entire show makes it problematic for those around you. Often older people or people with children buy seated tickets in order to accommodate their needs. Be polite and make the concert-going experience a pleasant one for the people around you. Also, what the hell does standing accomplish anyway?
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"Hello?" Do not answer your phone. If you are at a concert, text. When you answer the phone and start yelling, the person on the other end can't hear you anyway!
Sing Along, Don't Scream Along When people go to a concert, they go to hear the band or singer perform, not you. Often the audience gets into the performance and sings along, which is great; it can really add to being at a live show. However, there is a difference between singing at a normal level and yelling. When you have a person next to you yelling lyrics in your ear to the point that you can't even hear the band onstage, attending a concert starts to feel pointless. Sing, don't scream!
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Don't Forget Your Deodorant Smelly fans are the worst. Seriously, make sure you are clean before you go to a show. On the flip side, if you use hairspray, perfume or cologne, try not to overdo it.
Don't Be an Asshat Anyone who wears a large hat to a show is an asshole. Seriously, a ball cap is fine — it's flat, but leave the Abe Lincoln look at home. The people behind you would like to see what is going on. And trust me: You aren't making a fashion statement, because no one gives a shit if you are wearing a vintage bowler hat from the 1940s,
Respect the Opening Act Maybe you bought tickets for the headliner not knowing who the opening act was, but some people might be excited to see their set. Many people go to shows to see the opening act only or are just as excited to see the opener as the headliner. But all of the behavior described above should not be done during a concert, no matter who is onstage.
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