Published on June 6th, 2017 | by Alan Cross56
We Need a New Code of Etiquette for Fan Behaviour at Concerts. Let’s Build One Together.
This email came in the other day:
Hi Alan, I was wondering if you could weigh in on this. I went to the Tool concert in Hamilton and had upper bowl seats. When the band started playing, my girlfriend and I stood up. The guys behind, who wanted to sit, us gave us a really hard time for blocking there view, and we argued back and forth as to whether her and I had the right to stand when they paid for seats. We ended up moving to another section, but were quite disappointed. What’s the etiquette here??? Your feedback is much appreciated! Jason
Interesting. I have no real answer to this because I can see both sides.
This got me thinking: what are the rules of concert-going etiquette in 2017? Here are some initial thoughts:
- If someone falls in a pit, pick them up. And if you see someone groping a woman in the pit, punch them in the throat. (There’s probably a whole article to be written on mosh pit etiquette.)
- “No smoking in the venue” means “no smoking in the venue.”
- Please don’t sing along with every song. I paid to hear the artist sing, not you.
Please weigh in with your comments below.