I’ve got some beef with Buzzfeed.
A Buzzfeed post is going viral, mostly because my friends and I HATE what it had to say. Buzzfeed says: “It’s time we all admitted that going to concerts is actually kind of the worst.” UM…no…no, you’re the worst, Buzzfeed.
Let’s have a look at some of their claims to back up a statement like THAT:
“There are the obvious reasons, like the insane convenience fees on ticket prices.”
Um, be old school if they bother you that much, and go line-up at six am like the kids used to to avoid the processing fees you get online. In the last year, you can find big bands that have offered up amazing ticket prices because of their loyalty to fans. Prophets of Rage, for example, had $20 lawn seats at the Molson Canadian Amphitheater in Toronto, with proceeds from sales going to a local homeless charity.
“Then you’re forced to sit through seemingly endless opening acts you don’t care about, just to get to the good stuff.”
Please don’t call the opening acts pointless. They’ve been hand-picked to open for some of these bigger acts for their big break! Let’s remember that Nirvana and Guns N Roses were once “opening acts” too. How do you think a band like The Standstills will reach their full potential if you don’t go see them open the show for Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth? They rocked, and you missed out if you missed ’em.
“The day the concert finally arrives, you have to wait outside in line for hours if you want a good spot.”
It’s part of your love for the band. Devote whatever time YOU WANT to your spot, if you’re on the floors. Shimmy your way to the front, if you’re a loyal fan that’s the trouble you go through to see ’em!
“If you manage to get a spot in the front, you risk getting smushed by the crowd behind you.”
Might I refer you back to the previous point – measure your love for the band by your commitment to the show – a smush might be worth it if you can see Eddie Vedder’s pores.
“That is, if you don’t get accidentally get caught in the mosh pit.”
Referring back to the previous point, again – you’ve either bought a floor ticket, which entails you want to be as close-as-the-mosh-pit, or a seated ticket in a row. It’s sort of an enter-at-your-own-risk situation. No mosh pit is accidental at the right show!
“Or else you stand safely farther back, but can’t see the stage.”
Again, it’s about YOUR loyalty to the band in question unless you’ve been searching far & wide for ANY ticket if you couldn’t get one at all. Hop on someone’s shoulder’s (but, maybe ask them first).
“…You’re stuck standing on hard concrete for hours.”
Again, refer back to the point about the commitment you have to the band you’ve gone to see. If you’d rather watch a pal’s Facebook Live stream of the concert sitting on your couch in comfortable footwear, by all means.
“…Once the band you came to see finally performs, you realize they’re not going to play their good songs until the end of the night.”
If you love a band enough to buy a ticket to see them, chances are they are touring in support of a new record, which you’d like to get to know, too! The hits will always be crowd-pleasers but this is the way to weed out the true fans!
“…You’re still stuck dealing with huge crowds of people who keep bumping into you.”
Maybe don’t leave your home at all if you’re worried about this one…concert, by definition, means a huge crowd of people gathering in the same place to watch a performance so I’m not sure what you’d expect. Expect to get bumped-into. Expect for everything to take longer. Expect the bigger bands to piss you off more!
“…The bright, constantly flashing lights make it hard to even look directly at the stage anyway.”
Wear your sunglasses at night, so you can, so you can, deal with it.
“Even if you bought a ticket with an assigned seat, you don’t really get to sit, because everyone around you just stands up as soon as the show starts.”
You’re the biggest Wah of the Day if you’re bitching about someone standing up at a concert. ‘Tis the place to stand proudly and belt-er-out in a no-judgement-zone.
On the topic of OUTDOOR concerts:
“You’re at the complete mercy of the weather, which can make or break the entire event.”
And…sometimes Scott Weiland giving one of his amazing LAST performances with Stone Temple Pilots in Ontario with a thunderstorm for a backdrop makes for one of the best Rock the Park nights in recent memory…if you’re afraid of a little rain, don’t music-festival. Buy a poncho and suck it up, buttercup.
*I only agree with ONE statement…*
“…if you can even GET a ticket before they’re mostly snapped up by ticket resellers.”
Thanks to bands like The Tragically Hip and Metallica taking a stand against this type of thing, in countries like Canada, there’s more of a spotlight on this issue and hopefully, a solution on the way. In the meantime…