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Published on June 6th, 2017 | by Alan Cross


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:

  1. 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.)
  2. “No smoking in the venue” means “no smoking in the venue.”
  3. Please don’t sing along with every song. I paid to hear the artist sing, not you.

Please weigh in with your comments below.

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58 Responses to We Need a New Code of Etiquette for Fan Behaviour at Concerts. Let’s Build One Together.

  1. C says:

    My believe is that if you want to stand during the show, then get GA admission tickets. I pay for a seat to sit. I find it annoying when I have to stand up as well because I don’t want to stare at someone’s butt for two hours, hence annoying people behind me. I know that some bands I like will make me want to dance so I get floor tickets. So why can’t others? Also, I don’t appreciate people competing with the band so they can have a conversation. you want to talk, then go elsewhere.

    • Carrie says:

      These days even if you get your tickets within the first two minutes of the sale you end up with 300-level seats. I would LOVE floor GA tickets but haven’t been able to get them for an arena show in years.

    • DMac says:

      I tend to be one of those that likes to stand, but GA sells out so fast it’s damn near impossible with some shows. So because of bots, and my misfortune, I’m not allowed to stand? Even tho I tried to get GA? Or I have to miss the show entirely? Seems unfair that I have to sacrifice my enjoyment because I wasn’t lucky enough to get the floor seats I wanted.

      Now, that said, I do try to be that guy who finds the balance and will stand for a little bit, then sit down for a while before standing again. I understand that the people behind me may not want to stand, so I do my best to compromise so that we all come out mostly satisfied.

      • EOB says:

        I think it is totally dependant on the act and the venue. If you’re going to see a hard rock or dance show, and/or it’s at a large stadium/outdoor venue, don’t expect people to just sit around and not be involved in the show. If it’s say Death Cab at Massey Hall for example, chill out, sit and listen.

        I recently was lucky enough to score front row seats to the Mother Mother show at Massey Hall. Some fans rushed the stage before the show and I was quite annoyed as I then had rows of people in front of me after spending the money for the prime seats. Security intervened asked them to stay in their seats for the remainder of the show (until encore) so I was relieved.

        Also, since I was in the front, I was mindful of the crowd behind me and didn’t stand up until others started doing the same and did some standing/dancing and some sitting throughout the show depending on what song was being played.

        BUT I strongly believe that, if I’ve spent $100s on a seat, you have no right to tell me whether I am allowed to sit, stand, sing, dance etc. We’ve all dealt with people standing in front of us when we want to sit. It’s just the chance you have to take. Be a fan, suck it up and get on your feet and more into the show rather than complaining perhaps? Or maybe rather than a rock show, start buying tickets to the opera??

        • rednewna says:

          Yeah but to the same point as you’ve just made, someone else has paid $100s of dollars to sit in a comfortable seat at a concert and do they not also have a right to be able to enjoy the concert as they intended? Especially for folks who have back/foot problems that makes it difficult to stand throughout most of a concert…

          • contempted says:

            In all seriousness, if you’re too sick or too old to dance at a ROCK AND ROLL concert, you shouldn’t be there. Drink some beer, take some drugs, whatever, people are there to party, thats what rock and roll is. Theres no room for debate. Get seats in the handicapped section, stand up and dance or don’t go, ESPECIALLY for any song with a faster hard rock beat. The performers are rocking, but you’re so sick and weak you can’t stand up for even 2 songs? I’ve seen it with my own eyes. An entire section sitting down, SICK, as The Who rocks all over the stage singing “hope I die before I get old”. These people are old and should stay at home. Its incredible that the old and sick dictate to the young and strong or even the old and strong. Thats pathetic!

  2. Meaghan says:

    Please don’t video the entire concert on your cell phone. You’re never going to watch that shaky footage and I paid to see the artist, not your phone.

  3. Concert goer says:

    Here are a few more after recently attending a Nick Cave show at Massey Hall.

    Please don’t talk throughout the entire show. It always floors me to see people pay good money to hear music only to chat for the ENTIRE concert. This seems to be a younger person thing (teens to 20s).

    Also, give your smartphone a break. Enjoy the music. Your FB updates can wait for a few hours.

    Again, it shocks me to see people staring at their phone for the entire show when they are metres away from an artist and/or band giving it their all for the audience.

  4. Eric says:

    If you’re at the beer garden and the show starts, you’re being a huge alpha loser when you run through and push your way to the front‬

  5. ross says:

    If you want to stand buy floors, standing in the upper deck is just ignorant.

  6. For some bands it is easy to get GA’s, for others it can be impossible. For me, music has two impacts: one is mental and one is physical. I like to move when I hear music I love. If I can’t get GA’s am I not allowed to dance/move/rock out? Isn’t that the point of a concert? If I’m at a rock show I’m on my feet. If I’m at a symphony, I am not. Can there be standards for this? Not really. There’s no way to make everyone happy.

  7. Joy says:

    Put on deodorant. It gets hot and no one wants to smell b.o. While trying to enjoy a show.

    I’m a short girl so I expect that people will stand and I don’t mind it. I know to adjust how I stand or sit to be able to see.

    I don’t care if you sing but don’t belt it out at the top of your lungs for the whole show.

    Don’t throw bottles at the stage!!! Act like a civilized human. I’ve been to a few shows now where someone thought it was cool to toss a bottle and the bands walked off.

    We all want to enjoy the show and do it in different ways so just be mindful of others

  8. Erica says:

    I understand those who want to stand, but please consider that there are some of us who can not stand for the show. That’s why we pay for seats in the balconies or rafters. Am I not entitled to enjoy the show too?

    I can’t begin to tell you how many hows I’ve stared at butts or backs, not only because of the lack of standing but also because I measure in at a whopping 5′ 4″. Have a little compassion for the folks around you. My biggest beef is when I’m stuck in a corner trying not to get trampled and unable to see anything at all. If you are a towering 6′ – stand behind the shorter folks. If you buy a seat, then sit in it, or dance in the aisle or something. We all just want to enjoy the show.

  9. Brett says:

    Do not talk through the opening acts set. Sometimes the 1st act is there at the headliners request. Sit back and open your ears and mine to something new.

  10. Tanya says:

    How anyone can go to a rock show with the intention of sitting through it is beyond me. But, it’s rock music – it has energy, passion, it’s made to get people singing, moving, dancing, jumping – if you can’t go with the flow at a show in regards to standing/sitting, ebb and flow with the show and the crowd then respectfully, maybe that’s not the best place for you to spend your money in support of the band.

    • Doug says:

      Not every concert is high energy “rock show”. If the majority of the people in a section stand, then go with the flow, but when you’re the only one (or two) standing, you’re being a dick blocking others’ experience.

    • Erica says:

      Wow, Tanya – way to be open minded. Not everyone CAN stand. So you are saying those of us who can’t shouldn’t be able to enjoy live music?

      Way to be inclusive.

    • Lindsay says:

      Not everybody is able-bodied enough to stand for the duration of the show. Some buy seats because that is the only way they will be able to attend for more than 20 minutes. The frustration and disappointment when the few people standing are the ones directly in front of you is HUGE.

  11. George says:

    Some have already been mentioned, but:
    -Don’t take endless photos and videos with your flash on on your phone (or rare now, camera). You’re too far away for the light to brighten the scene, and there is enough lights from the stage lights. (You don’t see Ross Halfin using a flash, do you?)

    -This actually happened to me: Don’t pull up a You Tube video of the band playing the same song on stage and show it to me. I will give you a withering look.

    -Once the show starts, enjoy it. Don’t talk the whole time and spoil it for others. If you want to talk about your job or vagina, do it on your own time, not mine.

    -The artists on stage (especially in smaller venues) CAN hear you when you shout at them from the nosebleeds. No need to shout seventeen times for your favourite song.

    -Don’t get so drunk, you act like an asshole and fall over on people.

    -This one I can control with earplugs, as I have tinnitus in my right ear, but please stop the whistling that goes on for minutes!

    • SB says:

      I love the point about yelling a song request! What do people think – the band just randomly plays whatever songs come to mind without planning, rehearsing, getting gear ready and sound check?

      I was recently at a USS show where some drunk girl kept yelling a request over top of the quiet moments in “Yo Hello Hooray” and if I could have reached her I would have given her one right in the throat. Some people are so focused on their own experience they completely ruin everyone else’s.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Don’t smoke. Don’t get stupid drunk. Stop recording everything. Stop talking. Stop taking pictures of you and all your friends while ignoring the band.
    As far as the standing/sitting conundrum, that will always be a reality. I was at Billy Talent last weekend and stood for the entire show, even though we had seats. We got seats instead of GA tickets because we like having an assigned spot in the venue. I’ve been to enough concerts in GA to know it’s not for me anymore. Some people will stand, some will sit; it’s just a reality at concerts. And if you REALLY want to sit through an entire show, buy seats in the front row.

  13. DMac says:

    The people who keep their back to the stage and stand in a circle with their friends, carrying on a conversation through the whole set have got to be some of the worst people at a show! If you’re not going to give the band your attention, then get the hell out. I was at a show recently (Kaleo with Judah and the Lion) where this happened, so we moved to a different area, only to end up stuck beside another group of people doing exactly the same thing. There was no winning it seemed.

  14. Doug says:

    BY FAR, my biggest annoyance at shows are talkers. People who apparently couldn’t care less about the show I paid to see and want to talk (loudly since they need to be heard over the band) for most or all of the show.

    If you don’t want to listen, GTFO of the venue and talk on the concourse or outside. Just as with the “I paid to hear the artist sing, not you” point, I didn’t pay (lots) to listen to you bitch and moan about your significant other, or how your workday was.

  15. Chris says:

    I’ve been going to concerts of all types for a long time. For rock shows everyone has always stood up for the headliner even when you have seats in an arena.

    In the last few years I’ve seen more and more people start to sit, it sucks for the audience because you can’t get into it as much, and the bands definitely notice because they always try to get the crowd up and they seem bothered by people sitting.

    I would say it depends on the music type but for rock, please stand up! This type of music should get your blood flowing!

  16. D says:

    Can we also ban the use of phones recording every song? Yes, I get excited when someone plays my favourite song. You should be allowed to record that, or take a selfie or two. To the girl who stood in front of me at the recent RHCP concert who had her phone out the entire show. I get it, you might want to look back on this moment later. However, half the time she was actually filming the rafters or the tops of people’s heads. Then when she wasn’t doing that she was snap chatting to everyone she knew. And if she wasn’t doing that it was social hour! Grabbing all her friends to smoke and fit in the space of her seat. And if she wasn’t doing that she was making out with all of said friends. Oh, and then she started watching cat videos during the encore. A fan? I don’t think she really was. I had floor seats and I am 5ft 2in. I know what I was getting myself into and can usually see the stage just fine. On this occasion I had to keep dodging her arm as it swayed all over the place recording footage she will never watch. Annoyed!!!

  17. Matt says:

    There are tons of things people do that annoy me at shows. But mostly my tastes run towards rock and punk and having a list of rules for enjoying music just doesn’t seem very rock ‘n’ roll (and certainly not very punk).

  18. Mark says:

    Are you blocking the guy behind you? Has the guy behind you said “Hey, please sit down, I can’t see”?
    Then don’t stand.
    Or move somewhere else and stand. Because the guy behind you might have MS, or have a broken leg, or just be really tired after a hard week, and wants to relax and groove, not jump up and down.
    So, basically, don’t be a dick.

  19. Dave says:

    I tend to get seats mostly as I know I can’t stand for an entire show. However, at the start of a show (depending on which one) I’m on my feet but sit after a few. I’ve never been to a show where people ask me to sit if I stand. Most people get it. If the people in front of me stand I’ll stand, knowing that I will eventually sit down and those in front of may or may not sit. It’s a concert, you kind of have to roll with it.

  20. Barb says:

    all of the above and DON’T BE A DICK

  21. Brad Hope says:

    I was at a Tea Party concert back in March at The Danforth Music Hall. I had GA floor tickets so this didn’t pertain to me. It was a complete sell out. The balcony was all seats and everyone was sitting for the whole show. Jeff Martin, the singer, encouraged the balcony to get up part way through the first set but nobody got up. When they came back out for the second set, he said, “Everybody up there (pointing to the balcony), stand up, it’s a fucking rock concert!” Again, nobody did. They all eventually stood up when the band came out for their encore.
    So, who knows what the etiquette is? I guess it depends on how close to the stage you are.

    • Erica says:

      The Tea Party, ok, well Jeff Martin – will always tell the seated to stand. That’s his thing 😉 They do know some of us can’t. I’ve chatted with the band directly about that in the past. I think sometimes they too forget that.

      I like several others posting here can’t stand for a whole show. I have knee issues that cause me to crumple like a paper doll if I stand too long. I pay just as much money to go to these shows as the rest of the people there. I intentionally try for front row balcony because I won’t block anyone, and I can’t be blocked, but it’s not always possible. Some venues don’t even offer seating, and in those cases, I expect to be crammed against a wall with a chair and just listen.

      I wish venues would take an initiative to have a ‘sitting zone’ for this reason. We want to rock too!

      For those of you who don’t feel we should be sitting, I pray you never experience what it’s like to not be able to.

  22. Kyra Pearce says:

    I was recently at a Kings of Leon show in SF. Can’t remember the name of the venue but the entire floor was GA standing. They are my absolute favourite band, and yes I got a little drunk, so I was dancing my heart out and jumping with excitement when my favourite songs came on. A girl (maybe 5 yrs older than me) next to me suddenly decided to start aggressively shoving and leaning into me, obviously trying to make the point that I’d probably bumped her during my excitement. So, being a kind Canadian, I quickly apologized and said I wouldn’t jump anymore. BUT she kept doing it! Laughing back at her friends and leaning her weight against me which caused a ripple effect, pushing those around me as well since it was a packed crowd.
    Her claim was that I should “follow concert etiquette.”
    See my problem? I apologized again and promised my feet wouldn’t leave the ground but she was to snarky to take my word for it. I understand that I was being a bit rambunctious and definitely owed her the first apology, but my theory is that you’re at a ROCK CONCERT. On the floor! People are going to get excited, they’re going to dance, and your precious personal space is somewhat foregone when you enter a crowd of that size. I’m not going to stand like the mindless iphone drones and enjoy the show through my screen. I’m going to dance and enjoy the experience that I traveled a long way to see.
    Anyone wanna weigh in on this? I can see the situation from both sides but, dude. Rock concert.

  23. Gabz says:

    No smoking means everything people. Why am I expected to inhale your pot smoke while you justify it by telling me “your at a concert so deal with it”

  24. Trish says:

    The stage is not for your empty beer cans, cups, your coat or your butt!

  25. James says:

    Leave your backpack at home.

  26. Hugh Hillman says:

    The issue of recording of concerts is an interesting conundrum. As fans we are also consumers. We will purchase the legitimate releases but we will also chase after the ROIO recordings, (Recordings of Independent Origin). As an example as oasis fans we want the recordings of the night(s) that Liam walked off stage and Noel had to sing the rest. If there is an interesting guest appearance we want it!
    So, while some will criticize others for recording there are those of us who will want to acquire such recordings for our collection… oh yeah dude who sat next to me at Jean-Michel Jarre at the Sony centre…. I’d love a copy!
    While yes I understand those who say I don’t want to watch the show through someone else’s phone, the collectors want/need that footage.
    So maybe the etiquette should be… if you’re going to record, keep the phone, camera, tape deck (I saw one at Alter Bridge) below shoulder height….

  27. JD says:

    I’ve been in almost every situation. I’ve been sitting and listening at a Diana Krall concert. Ive stood in the seats and the lawns for the Foos. I’ve been at the railing for QOTSA and sprained my ankle keeping the douchenozzles pushing the crowd from crushing my wife. I’ve been in the middle of the mosh pit at Edgefest while Goldfinger was on stage. Here’s what I’ve learned:

    If it’s a rock concert, prepare to stand.
    Don’t be an ass and hold your phone in the way.
    Look around you and if someone cant see, rearrange so they can. (Happened on Wed at Tool. Tall guy shifted seats so others could see. Solid move)
    Don’t get wasted and expect everyone to be your buddy.
    The floor is where people can be rowdy. Be prepared but don’t be a dick. You’d be amazed how quickly a group of people will surf your ass to the railing and get you tossed. (God I miss Molson Park)
    I get it. You’re jonesing for a dart. Grabbing a quick drag or two doesn’t REALLY matter. Smoking half a deck before the drum solo? You’re an asshole.
    As far as singing, just be on key. If you can’t hold a tune in a bucket, maybe let the ones on stage take care of it.

  28. MF says:

    Definitely NO SMOKING! Anything! Do it before and after the show, between bands, whatever. Just not in a room with a bunch of people who don’t want to smoke.

    Keep the phones and IPADS!!! (YEESH) down. You want to take a picture or two, fine! Try to do it so it doesn’t obstruct anyone else’s view. If that’s not possible, be quick about it! You’d be pissed if someone put their phone up in front of yours while you were trying to take a picture, right? Well just as phones like to see, so do actual people.

    Just be mindful of your actions and surroundings, really. Yeah, you’re there, but so are a ton of other people who’d like to enjoy the show.

    This isn’t an etiquette thing, but just a “you should do this” thing….WEAR ear plugs! Invest in some musician quality ones so it’s not a muffled fart (like those foam cylinder plugs), That actually would help with the “other” singers issue. Especially if they wore them. They could hear how terribly they sounded.

    The sit down, stand up “issue” is one I’ve faced from both sides. I don’t want to be in the way, but then again, it’s a rock show or whatever. Not an orchestra or slow,chill music. If it makes you wanna dance, you’re gonna have to dance at some point. But be mindful of the impact on others.

  29. Celine says:

    There should be a section for people who choose to sit, kinda like the wheelchair accessible section.
    I get that some can’t stand for 2-3 hours or just wanna sit back & enjoy the show. But when it comes to a fan like myself going to see their favorite band, it doesn’t matter where I sit, I will stand & show my love for the music.

  30. Chris says:

    Staff at venues (security, ushers, etc) are there to implement some of these issues, but unfortunately whenever alcohol is involved…there’s no such thing as etiquette at concerts

  31. Chriss says:

    This may be an unpopular opinion but… General Admission means General Admission… which means if you lined up outside the venue in the cold overnight to get up front on the rails right in front of the stage, I can show up at door time just before the show and have just as much right to be up there as you.

    That being said, pushing and shoving your way through a crowd up to the front is of course NOT acceptable, but politely slipping between people towards the front IF there is a REASONABLE AMOUNT OF ROOM up nearer to the stage, is totally acceptable.

    Also, in festival settings, often in between bands on the same stage, people will sit down on the grass or on their blankets to rest until the next band comes on. It’s totally reasonable for folks farther back to carefully step over said people on the ground to make their way closer to the stage. When everyone is on the ground, they’re taking up significantly more room than when everyone is standing, so there’s certainly reasonable space for others to make their way up into the closer areas.

    Last but not least, relating to the above, I also think that if you’ve found a spot with your friends up front near the stage, and you have to leave your friends to go to the bathroom or grab water or a beer or whatever, it’s completely reasonable for you to POLITELY and gently weave your way back to that spot after, as long as there’s still room.

    I think the exception to the above is if you push your way up to the front and it’s so dense that you literally have to physically wedge yourself in between two people in the spot you’re in, then you probably shouldn’t have gone that far up towards the stage.

    I actually don’t make a habit at all of pushing or weaving my way to the front like this at GA events… but I firmly believe that General Admission means General Admission, and Reserved means Reserved.

    Last but not least, in general, I think the overall keys to concert etiquette are of course common sense/common courtesy and respect for your fellow concert goers. But that being said, depending on the show, but especially when it comes to rock and roll for example, I’m a bit old school in that I think if you can’t tolerate a little bit of weed or cigarette smoke, or people being loud and/or drunk around you, or getting bumped into a bit because people are dancing, or the possibility of someone standing up in front of you while you are seated (or having to stand for an entire show if you are not a person with a disability), or the person in front of you recording video on their phone the whole time (which I personally think is absurd, but it’s not going to ruin my concert experience)…. if you don’t have a reasonable tolerance for those things, then perhaps a rock concert isn’t the place for you. I’m all for the respect and consideration of all peoples’ various sensitivities towards this and that, but rock concerts never have been and never should be sterile orderly environments. Generally they’re loud, gritty, sweaty, smokey, physical environments with plenty of alcohol and other substances being consumed. And along with the music, these elements are what make rock concerts what they are.

    • Steph D says:

      The issue here is how do you define ” REASONABLE AMOUNT OF ROOM”? If everyone up front has kept what they believe is a reasonable amount of space around them, for hours on end, and then you wedge yourself in there in front of someone because you think there’s room, how’s that ok?

      Case in point, I was in Austin last fall for ACLFest. People had filled up the area in front of the main stage by 1PM for Mumford and Sons at 9. They staked out spots, and stuck to it for 8 hours. People left for food/drink/bathroom, one at a time, while others saved their spot. The group was really civilized.

      But when M&S hit the stage, there was a massive surge of people pushing their way through the crowd, with no regard for those who had been there for hours in the Texas sun. I saw some folks on the shorter end get completely blocked out by tall drunk idiots who just kept shoving their way through.

      Respect the fact the people in a GA lineup have put in the time and patience to earn a spot up close. To me, it’s a sign of how big a fan they are of the band and how much they’re willing to dedicate their time to be able to see them up close.

  32. Jenn says:

    How about watch the show through your eyes not your iPad? I’ve seen people with laptops holding them up to record shows and blocking everyone else. What’s the point?!

  33. Blake says:

    My #1 etiquette tip:

    The people who got to the front early and planted themselves there get the front because they put in the work. They sacrificed bathroom breaks, drinks, souvenirs and socializing for the privilege.
    The drunken bro who decides three songs in that he’s going to shove his way to the front and force everyone else to be his slam dancing partner in an asshole.

  34. Steph D says:

    I like many of these recommendations (though the sit/stand debate is clearly far from decided!)

    My own personal ones:
    – If you want to chat, you and the other party have a 3 sentence limit – opening sentence, reaction to opening sentence, closing reaction. (i.e. “I hope they play this obscure song!” “Ya! Or this even more obscure song?” “That would be so cool!”) Beyond that, go out to the bar area, or if at a festival, move to the back of the crowd.
    – Speaking of festivals, people arriving early have staked their spots through patience. Pushing through the crowd to get ahead of them is the biggest douche move and should be punishable by a quick chop to the throat. Even worse, tall people pushing in… and then standing in front of a short person.
    – Belligerent drunks – go drink somewhere else. It’ll be cheaper for you, and more pleasant for everyone else.

  35. Ryan says:

    After being to a number of shows my number 1 request for other concert goers is reading the crowd. If it is a punk so go ahead mosh and throw your body around thats a okay. On the other hand though, if you are at an acoustic folk show maybe getting rowdy and trying to mosh isn’t the most socially acceptable. I was at a shakey graves show last year and the crowd did not follow this rule. Maybe I was completely missing out on the vibe of the venue ( or maybe I wasn’t doing copious amounts of stimulants), but punching someone in the face and saying that’s okay because it’s a show is never cool. Overall, just be cognizant of your fellow concert goers. Respect is paramount to everyone having a good time!

  36. Tuilpe says:

    I find this happens a lot at outdoor concerts/festivals. I cant stand when you go to a show and the people beside you start “Let’s meet up and catch up on the last 6 months of our lives”. I don’t care, I’m hear to listen to the band that I paid for.
    Additionally, singing so loud that I can’t hear the band.
    I get to the festival an hour in advance, find my spot to watch the show, and the 7 foot kid with the Afro stands in front of me as the first notes start. Be considerate of who you stand in front of.

  37. Todd says:

    When i’m sitting and someone stands in front of me – I get it. Sometimes I like to stand and sometimes I like to sit – you bought the ticket – prepare for that to happen and vice versa. This is not dinner, this is not the movies – you should know that going in. The one thing that urks me are the people that push through and stand in front of you – there has to be some consideration there…Another one are the people that go to make out. Come on….really. I think the phone thing isn’t getting out of hand as well – I like the bands that are banning selfie sticks and even phones during shows – i don’t want to watch Pearl Jam through your screen. I like the concert etiquette idea – this should be a thing.

  38. Jen says:

    If you are in GA, please do not get drunk, lose awareness of yours and others personal space, and then get aggressive. Please respect everyone’s space – we are already super close to each other – there is no need to throw elbows and push to get to the front. If everyone stays in their own little bubble, everyone can enjoy the show. (Unless you’re in an actual mosh pit – guess it depends on the type of show you’re at.)

  39. L Jones says:

    Singing with the band bothers me because usually all you hear is the crowd. I’ve seen Pearl Jam many times and the crowd sings along with most songs. Eddie encourages it so it’s never going to stop but I’ll still go see them. I don’t get standing the whole concert but so be it. Cell phones are another story. I’ve seen a lot of bad concert footage from cell phones. Put them away and enjoy the show.

  40. Tim says:

    The only thing on your shoulders should be your own head. Bros: allow your lady to enjoy the show by your side. Unless its Motley Crüe and your lady is looking to get the backstage by flashing her goods, the whole piggy-back thing is a major downer for everyone else at the show. Worse: holier-than-all parents who put their kids on their shoulders. Maybe at a Raffi show this is appropriate… but at a (true story) Pixies show, I can assure you that Frank and Kelly hated your kid. Just like everyone else did, too.

  41. debra says:

    Please stop yelling woo hoo or what ever you are shrieking through the entire show. I want to hear the band not your idiotic shrieking the entire time. The cell phone thing -please stop. No-one is watching your post on facebook , believe me. It’s dark and sounds like crap. As far as the standing or sitting debate, I like to sit but will stand if I want to see past the standers in front of me.

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