There are rules for everything. Heck, even the interwebs has rules – the full list is here, peruse them at your leisure; if you dare…
Anyway, the rules of gig going are generally not written down – and I have often seen them broken… and I may have broken them myself on a few occasions… Dun dun duuuuuun! *Looks around for the Gig Police*.
Oh wait… they only exist in my head, don’t they… right?
In the Unwritten Rules of Gig Going, Anneka Sillitoe writes the unwritten, so check out the rules – and abide by them! Mostly Anneka’s rules are common sense, and you’ll find the reasoning behind them in her post – it’s all logical and stuff, see…
But in summary, the rules are this:-
- Never wear a t-shirt of the band you’re going to see
- Don’t wear the merch you bought at the show, at the show
- Meet people, talk to people, interact
- Don’t crowd surf unless you’re small and pretty lightweight
- When you’re in the mosh pit, if someone falls down pick them up (very important rule!)
- The mosh pit is for moshing, not fighting
- Drink only within reason
- Respect the security at the venue
- Don’t spend the whole night with your tongue down someone else’s throat
- Wear earplugs
- Respect the photographers; they won’t be in your way for long
I’d like to add just two things to the list, it’s something that I’ve learnt from a gig-going experience (and yet somehow it took ages to sink in…)
- Always wear sensible shoes to a gig – for girls, this means no heels; for one, you’ll probably be standing all night so you should give your feet a break , and secondly, nobody else in a crowded gig will want to be trodden on with a big sharp pointy heel! For guys, I guess this means don’t wear massive boots that mean you stamp on everyone without even realising it, because, well, ouch…
- If you have really long hair, always take a spare hair band so that if it’s really crowded you can tie your hair up. I’ve been to quite a few gigs where we’ve been packed together so tightly I’ve ended up with a face or mouth full of someone else’s hair, and to be honest, it’s just not nice.* Plus, as I do have long hair, there’s been situations where it’s got pulled or caught on people’s clothes etc in crowds… not a good experience, I’m sure you’ll agree!
So there you go… follow these guidelines and you’ll have a pleasant gig experience. Although, like me, you’ll soon notice those inexperienced gig goers who don’t know the rules! Don’t worry, they’ll learn… and if they don’t, why not try following Rule 3 and interact with them in an educational way? Without being mean, of course!
P.S. I will update this post with some pretty gig-related pictures when I can be bothered to go through my collection and find some… until then, adios amigos!
*Alright, full on head-banging metal gigs might be the exception to this – you kind of expect hair everywhere in this case – but still be aware of how much you’re getting into people’s personal space.