Top 10 Most Annoying Behaviours Seen at Concerts

Going to a gig used to be one big communal experience as everyone got lost in what was happening onstage.  Not so much anymore thanks to the knobheads who insist on capturing everything through their shitty little mobile phone cameras.

That’s my biggest pet peeve when it gomes to going to gigs these days.  But there are other behaviours that long predate smart phones.  

1.  People that push their way to the front.  The worst are the ones who use their elbows like Gordie Howe.

2. Careless smokers who wave their butts around with complete disregard about who they might burn. And why are you smoking in the venue in the first place?

3.  Drunks who keep shouting out stupid requests.

4.  Idiots who sing along with every single song at the top of their lungs.  I didn’t pay good money to hear you sing, asshole.

5.  People who talk and talk and talk and talk and talk, ignoring the show completely.

6.  Mosh pit rookies.  Learn the rules and the ettiquette before you attempt it.

7.  Morons who try to start a pit when there’s no call for it.

8.  Mosh pit gropers.  That’s called “sexual assault.”

9.  Slamdancers at anything other than a hardcore punk show.

10. Idiot who use flashes on their stupid cameras.

Rolling Stone has their own list of ten concert annoyances.  Can you think of anything I and they have missed?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

6 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Annoying Behaviours Seen at Concerts

  • January 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Girlfriends sitting on shoulders.

  • January 16, 2013 at 1:18 am

    With regards to the camera phone picture takers… take one good one, then put it away! You don't need to keep it out the entire show.

  • January 16, 2013 at 1:51 am

    people who email or text or facebook or tweet during the WHOLE show (to the point where they're practically ignoring what's happening on stage). i can't tell you how many times i've seen this. if you're that absorbed in it, then why even bother going to a show in the first place?

  • January 16, 2013 at 2:16 am

    People behind you who ask you to sit down…at a ROCK show!

  • January 16, 2013 at 2:19 am

    People standing in front of you who lean waaaay back as if it's your job to hold them up. Hey buddy, take one small step for mankind, would ya?!

  • January 16, 2013 at 4:12 am

    I hate the people who yell "WOOOOOOO!" and whistle during quieter numbers. Usually it's people too drunk to be enjoying the song, but are instead having too much fun being an ass. I wish they would keep quiet during the song and show their appreciation after when everyone else is cheering.


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