Standing at Gigs/Gig Etiquette

I do much prefer standing at a gig.  Its just better to be closer than stuck in a seat somewhere up the back or sides.  However standing does have its problems and this raises the unspoken issues around ‘Gig Etiquette’.

Firstly in the hour straight after the doors opening, you have all the space in the world.  We always pick our spot and get comfortable, as time passes, people move in.  That lovely space you had in front of you, now someone is standing in it and someone is also standing in front of them.

Also there is the to-ing and fro-ing of other people.  We are quite set in our gigs ways (I’m sure you might have picked up on that). We go to the loo as we arrive and then after the support, then that’s us pretty much in our spot till the end. But everyone else is in and out, backwards and forwards and they’ve decided where I’m standing is the perfect route to where they want to be!

Then there is the lack of personal space. Clearly I haven’t perfected the ‘Get out of my space face’ very well. People seem to think it’s ok to flick their hair all over you and in your drink! It is not!

It really annoys me when people talk through the band being on stage.  A concert with 20,000 people in attendance is NOT the place to bring your mates up to date on your personal life. I paid to hear the band sing, not listen to you! Save your drama for the journey home or the pub!

Finally what has to be the worse thing about standing is the throwing of drinks and other suspect liquids! Its that moment when you are happily facing the stage dancing and singing away when.. BANG a cup hits you and liquid is in your hair, your face, down your clothes and then you have the moment of.. its cold, its beer, its ok, rather than its warm, its probably wee, its NOT OK!


Waiting for the tickets

I much prefer booking a gig for months ahead.  Gives you something nice to look forward too and by the time it comes round it’s like a free day out!

However, before the day, there is lots to sort out! Time off work, travel arrangements and deciding where you’ll eat.  As well as ensuring that you know all the words to all the songs!

The most exciting thing before a gig is when the tickets arrive.  This whole new way of emailing your tickets as soon as you order (and charging you for that email), totally ruins the excitement of getting the tickets.

It’s that moment you get home and the letter is on the mat, you open the envelope, check again you’ve got the right amount of tickets for the right day. Look to see the times the doors open.  See if there is any hint at the support act. And look at the shiny hologram that will be on the tear of part of the ticket.  You tell everyone that needs to know the tickets are here, and you are one step closer to gig day!


Pre-sale nerves

You’ve seen the tweets, advert or email.

Your favourite singer or band are touring.

The general on sale date is Friday at 9, there is a Thursday pre-sale and a priority pre-sale on Wednesday.

You’ve discussed with your fellow gig companions which date you’d prefer, what the second and third options are.

You’ve agreed the maximum price you want to pay.

And after all this, after all the rules you’ve set, you agree. You get tickets NO MATTER WHAT.

Its Wednesday, at least an hour before the pre-sale starts.  You load up the ticket site, log in and do this again on multiple browsers… and you wait

You get your payment card out ready….

and wait

and refresh… and refresh

and then at 9:01 it says…… this website is experiencing high demand, please wait your turn..

You check every tab on your browser.. they say the same… your palms are sweating and you’re a little panicked now. YOU NEED THESE TICKETS!

and finally after what feels like an eternity you’re in!

You select your chosen tickets – always standing if that’s available, then if not as close to the front as you can get and if not, then yes, fine Level 4 will do!

You enter that stupid random code to stop robots but that slows you down..

You enter your payment details, your delivery address, your billing address, the timer counts down… you have 5 minutes to compete this page and suddenly for the life of you, you cannot type…..

You press buy, the page refreshes, and FINALLY its confirmed YOU HAVE TICKETS! The past 5 minutes have passed in a blur, you check you brought the right date, the right amount of tickets and put the right delivery address in and then and only then breathe a sigh of relief!! You tell everyone you need to, WE GOT TICKETS!

And the countdown to the gig begins!