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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 11:14

How To Be Less Annoying At Concerts

We’ve all been amongst their presence. People who just won’t let you enjoy your favorite band in peace.

If you’re an avid concertgoer, you’ve probably noticed annoying habits in the mosh pit that are just difficult to ignore. It’s as though these habits are just screaming for your attention. That despite your persistent effort to remain ~chill~, you just have to live with the fact that some people are just going to piss you off.

But oftentimes we also become unaware of our own behavior and end up being one of those annoying people.

So, here are some things to take note of on how to be less annoying at concerts.

 

1.     Don’t film the entire concert on your smartphone

This is a no-brainer. But unless you’re on a serious personal project to document every second of your life, please refrain from filming the whole show. You’re not only going to do yourself a favor by "living in the moment," but it is also going to be a huge relief for people whose view you’re potentially blocking. Keep ‘em in your pocket!

 

2.     Only smoke in designated smoking areas

If you want to smoke, please don’t do it in a crowded pit amongst the presence of potential non-smokers. A guy once did this in a Glass Animals show and from the looks of the people around us, it surely killed everyone’s vibe.

 

3.     Don’t put your bags on the floor during the show

I would suggest not bringing a bag at all to a mosh pit, but I know that some of us have personal/medical needs to attend to. If you’re going to bring a bag, bring a small one and please don’t leave them on the ground. People didn’t pay for concert tickets only to step and dance on a floor obstructed by your inability to carry the things you bought in the pit. Bring only what you can carry throughout the entire show!

 

4.     Check your personal hygiene

Mosh pits are usually a place of severe stuffiness and heat – especially in Singapore. You’re going to start perspiring the moment you secure that coveted spot. Hence, it goes without saying to put on some deodorant prior to the show. A wise friend once said, "Don't assault others with your B.O.”

 

5.     Tie your hair

I don’t know about you but there have been a few instances where I’ve been smacked in the face by some girl’s hair and god was it beyond unpleasant. If your hair is more than shoulder-length long, I would suggest tying them in a bun just so you and others around you can move freely without worrying about getting hit by someone’s hair in the face. You’re not in a music video nor are you Beyoncé. Get over yourself!

 

Photo Credit: Bandsintown, Giphy

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Most of us have gone through the embarrassing (and quite troublesome) experience of finding company for a concert we really want to attend. At this point of time, we realize that the real “problem” is not our friends, but the lack thereof. Let’s say even if you do have friends who listen to the same band, concerts might not exactly be their cup of tea. That’s where the dilemma comes in, or so we thought.

Going to a concert by yourself might sound daunting. I spent weeks deciding whether I should even go to that one concert last year, afraid of what people in groups would think of me. But all the worries were unfounded, as I ended up having one of the best nights of my life.

If you’re still deep in thought, here’s the sign you’ve been waiting for!

Here are 5 reasons why you should go to that concert alone:

 

1.     You’ll Get A New Perspective

Being alone makes you more observant and it will make you notice small details you wouldn’t have caught otherwise – like when that girl gives you a funny face when you hand her the water bottle the rest of the crowd all shared or how that guy in front you smiles back to his friend when the band plays their favorite song. Not only will you get to see your favorite band live, but you’ll also learn about how strangers’ reactions are different from your own. These memories, when compiled together, turn out to be unforgettable.

 

2.    You'll Meet People With Similar Music Taste

Forget mindless chatter when you’re in line for a few hours at a concert, because you’ll definitely end up sparking a passionate conversation with that person next to you. Talking about a common interest is a great way to make friends, and you might even end up going to the next concert together.

 

3.     You’ll Appreciate The Music More

I guess one thing you’ll get from enjoying your own company, aside from freedom, is focus. You don’t have to worry about whether your friends are actually having fun. You don’t even have to suppress any of your emotions when a song triggers you. Just close your eyes, and trust me, you’ll feel as though you’re floating. Enjoy the emotional experience, mate. You’ll be glad you went alone, as you smile to yourself in the train on the way home.

 

4.     You Can Scream And Move Around Without Any Worries

If you’re still hesitant about going to that concert, I’ll assure you that none of the people from the crowd care about you moving your spot, letting out that devouring scream, or dancing like a lunatic. You’ll have more freedom to “live in the moment.” It’s almost as though you’re just dancing in your room, except this time, with a bunch of strangers and the music is playing live.

 

5.     It Will Be One Of The Best Nights Of Your Life

Erase all the what-ifs. Life is too short to worry about embarrassing yourself in a crowd of strangers. What’s important is feeling euphoric and getting to see your favorite band play live after years of just listening to them on your iPod. Once you’ve tried it, you won’t be begging people to go with you anymore and you’ll have the independence to enjoy the music on your own.

 

Photo Credit: Strumberrypie, Getty, Giphy, Viponsaturday (tumblr)

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We've all been annoyed by different types of people at concerts. While there are some who ruin the show for us, there are also ones who make it worthwhile. However, if you’re a first time concertgoer, here are the 5 common types of people you’ll most probably encounter.  

 

The Tall Guy

You can never escape this type. You’re either the short person or the tall one. If you’re not blessed with a good height, just try your best to jump all throughout the whole set. But if you’re towering, please refrain from doing extreme movements as you might ruin the experience for the person behind you.

 

The Dad

The Chaperones, that’s what we call them. They come in cargo pants paired with a polo shirt, sometimes with a good pair of high socks. You’ll see them dancing along to their daughter’s favorite song. You might feel bad for them as they probably had no choice but to accompany their children, but don’t judge them too hard as they might be having more fun than you.

 

The Phone Addict

I once was this kind of person but I’ve learned my lesson. You’ll find these bunch with their cellphones raised up high during the show. They prefer watching their favorite artist from small screens, which may sound absurd, but they’re really recording them for memories’ sake. If you’re this type, please ditch your phones every once in a while as a courtesy to the person behind you.

 

The Hipster Wannabe

They come in groups and their outfit are always on point. However, you would probably just see them head bobbing throughout the whole show as they only found out of the headliner's existence when the gig was being promoted on social media. You'll find this type bragging about the show through their filtered photos on their themed instagram.

 

The Super Fan

You’ll find super fans right behind the barricade with other fanclub members who probably waited in line for 10 hours. They often get annoyed at Hipster Wannabes for trying so hard and you’ll see them mopping around before the show starts. But when their favorite band goes onstage, they pour all their emotions out with no care in the world, singing all the songs despite being so out of tune.

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Does any of these types sound familiar? Which one are you?

 

Photo Credit: lauramerica, weheartit, giphy, ultimate-guitar, actclassy, gatsbyentgroup

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Thursday, 04 June 2009 18:30

PCD Performing Today!

Its been 2 months since I last watched a concert (last concert was Kaiser Chiefs). I actually have high expectations for them - in their dance routines not singing, unfortunately.

Have you bought your tickets yet?

I'll keep my fingers crossed for an entertaining and sizzling hot performance from the Pussycat Dolls! *meow

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