Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Weekly Geekly: How To Concert Properly

Hi friends! Hope you're all having a fantastic day. Today I'm taking a slight detour from the normal geeky things because, let's face it, geeks come in different forms. While I normally talk about things considered geeky in the comic book/book variety, today I'm going on a limb with my music geekiness.
Since summer time is generally my concert season, I start to find myself getting annoyed at how people act at concerts. I'm sure there will be some disagreements with some of the things I have to say, but I go to concerts all the time and these are generally things that are done wrong.
NUMBER ONE: PUT DOWN YOUR DAMN PHONE
Yes, I get it. You want to take a picture of Beyonce or a video of her singing your favorite song so you can listen to it forever (even though you've been singing along crazy loud so when you go back to watch you only hear yourself singing it very off-key [I speak from experience :(]). A couple pictures here and there are fine, a quick video is whatever, but stop trying to take a picture every five seconds. What are you going to do with them? You'll post a couple to Instagram and then you have 100 pictures that are probably out of focus and messed up from the lighting sitting on your phone taking up space. You're paying quite a bit of money to go to this concert and so are the people around you. I can 100% guarantee that the people behind you didn't pay what they paid to watch the concert through your phone screen. I was at a Lumineers concert last year and when they started playing "Ho Hey" everyone took out their phones and they actually stopped and told everyone to put them away. Be present.
NUMBER TWO: BE CONSIDERATE
I HATE general admission shows. HAAAATE. I like having a seat and my own space, but even that doesn't work out sometimes. Yes we all like to dance, yes we all want to move around to the music, but give the people next to you some space. On the other hand, and this is really tough for me because I don't want to contradict, but there are some boring and lame people out there who go to concerts and can sit like a rock the whole time. I don't understand it since I relate the most to life through music and have always been musical my whole life, but some people just want to listen. If you're at a show, feel out the vibe. If most of the crowd is sitting and you want to get up and dance, sorry but you'll have to bite the bullet and chair dance, unless you're in the back then you can dance your heart out!
NUMBER THREE: CONTROL YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE
I don't drink. Never have and never will. It never appealed to me in the slightest bit but I get why people do. I don't understand why people get absolutely obliterated at concerts, however. Odds are you're going to be in a hot, crowded space being bumped around left and right. The last thing you need is to be that person that can't even stand up on your own or, even worse, falling down in a sea of people who can't always see you. People get trampled and hurt all the time at shows. You also don't want to vomit because you will make no friends that way. Plus, again, concerts aren't cheap. Why would you want to ruin the experience and waste your money being completely wasted. Drink responsibly!
NUMBER FOUR: DON'T WORRY ABOUT DRESSING TO THE NINES
Last summer, my friend and I went to two concerts together. The first was Beyonce. There were girls in the tightest dresses I've ever seen and heels that were sky high. The second one was Jay Z and Justin Timberlake. The girls were in jeans/shorts and t-shirts. Aside from the ass-backwardness of that, why would you get so dressed up when you're just going to sweat it all off? My brother, who lives a block away from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, walked by the arena when there was a line outside for the Beyonce concert that wrapped around the building several times. The concert that day ended up getting pushed back a couple hours because of construction on the subway or something so all these poor girls just started to melt. Even if the concert is inside, you're up and dancing and sweating your butt off. All that hard work will be for naught when all is said and done. Plus, your feet are going to HURT if you wear those crazy shoes. I love wearing super high heels but not when I'm going to be standing for two hours. Be practical in what you wear. Beyonce isn't going to love you any less if you leave your Freakum Dress at home.
So that's what I have. Anyone else have any concert pet peeves? Anyone going to any concerts this summer? I'm going to Beyonce and Jay Z next Saturday and I am so excited! I thought that when Jay Z ran out at the end of Bey's concert last year would be the only time I would see them together. Who knew?! Leave me a comment down below with your concert plans and peeves!
xokatie