TK1 Blog From Noelle – Concert Pet Peeves
Ok, I know I’ve already done a pet peeves blog about driving. But, after attending the “Brothers Of The Sun” show at Target Field in Minneapolis this past Sunday, I decided that a concert pet peeves blog was definitely needed. It seems like every concert I attend, I see the same annoying behaviors over and over and figured it’s about time I voiced my annoyance. Don’t get me wrong I’m all about having fun at a concert, that’s why I’m there. When I come across any of the following behavior, it takes me out of the moment and distracts from what’s going on onstage.
*The Overly PDA Couple – You know, that couple that is constantly groping and kissing and generally making out the whole show, especially during a slow song. Seriously, gag me people. I had an overly PDA couple by me on Sunday night and I wanted to tell them to get a room. If you do this, STOP IT IMMEDIATELY. No one, and I mean no one, bought a ticket to the concert thinking, “Gee, I hope there’s a couple making out by me during the whole show, that would be awesome.”
*The Dancer – This is the person that seems to think they have all the room in the world to bust out their best moves. But in reality, every time they bump (or fall, if they’re drunk enough) into me and just about take my head off as they fling their arms into the air, makes me want to give them a hard shove. Please, please, please have some consideration for those around you at a crowded concert. If we’re all standing shoulder to shoulder, there’s not room for you to be dancing and waving your arms all over the place. So, please, calm down.
*Chatty Kathys – Yes, part of the fun at a concert is chatting with your friends and maybe with the strangers around you. I totally get that and I do that. I’m talking about the people or group of people that stand around and converse almost non-stop, not even paying attention to the concert. I was in the sandbar section by the stage on Sunday night and I had a couple groups of chatty Kathys by me. I honestly have no idea why they spent the kind of money for a sandbar ticket, to stand around and chat as if they were at a bar and mediocre bar band was playing. Makes no sense to me and I’m not sure why they were even there. It was distracting during the slower songs and I wanted to turn around and shush them.
*The ”My sister/brother/girlfriend/boyfriend/friend is up there” person – If you’ve ever been in a general admission situation, you know this person. You knew you wanted to be close to the stage, so you got there early enough to stake out your spot. Then, usually between the opener(s) set and the headliner, all these other people start showing up and trying to sneak their way closer to the stage with lame excuses. Then they act surprised when you won’t give up your prime spot to them and you and your friends block them from getting past. It’s REALLY easy folks, if you want a prime spot you have to make the effort to be there early to claim it. Don’t expect me, who did get there early, to just nicely step aside when you show up halfway through the concert. It’s my spot; I wasn’t saving it for you. Oh, and guys, just cause I’m a girl doesn’t mean when you become a jerk about getting closer, I won’t tell you what’s what with a few colorful words.
So, what it all boils down to, is have some common courtesy and consideration for the other people at the concert with you. We all go to a concert to have fun, listen to some good music, and escape our daily reality for a few hours. It’s a bummer when someone’s behavior can detract from that fun. I could make this list longer, but these are my main concert pet peeves. What would you add to this list?