There are many things that signal the ageing process. I can now add blogging about the need for gig etiquette to that list.
Fortunately I am not alone in being mightily fed up with behaviour at gigs. A friend recently complained that one show she went to in the summer was like roosting with a shed full of starlings. An apt description.
So for the uneducated here are a few tips on gig etiquette:
- A gig is not a good place for a first date. Nor for those who are in the bedroom stage of their relationship. She or he is not going to run away if you remove your tongue from their tonsils.
- The time for sinking pints is before – and after – the gig. The beer taps will not run dry while the band is playing. Trust me, you can survive for an hour or so without consuming alcohol.
- The band tends to be in front of you. So not sure why it is you have to keep looking around every few minutes and checking out what is behind you.
- Do I look like a pedestrian crossing?
- An acoustic, low key number is not the cue to head to the bar, chat to your pals or text your mum.
- The time to leave is before the encore starts.
- If you choose to stop in front of me for a loud, shouty chat with your mates, while you are leaving mid choon, please don’t be offended if I tell you to feck off.
- Some burdz like to dance. It’s not a cue for you to come and leer or slaver over me.
- The quality of photies and videos taken on mobile phones, iphones and the like is so poor it’s not worth the bother. Have you never visited Youtube?
- If I have paid good money to see a band, I expect to do just that. See the band. So please don’t assume that your money is somehow better than mine and therefore that there will not be consequences should you choose to stand in front of me. Or worse my wee-er – but much less tolerant – pals.
Aside from all this, the Gaslight Anthem were awesome. They came, they did minimal chat and they conquered. They unleashed a blistering set, that was marred slightly by poor sound quality on the lead singer’s mike for the first few numbers. But the more they played, the tighter they got.
For a great big rollicking night out, they come highly recommended. Visit Edinburgh again soon please boys.