Weekly survey: What’s your favourite vantage point at a concert?

Finding the right place to stand/sit at a concert is a challenge. If it’s a seated venue, we’re often happy with whatever we can get, but there are still situations where you can choose where you sit. When it comes to general admission situations–the floors at an arena or stadium or at a club–we have much more latitude.

Some people prefer to be as close to the front as possible. Others like to hang back where the volume (and the crowd) isn’t quite so punishing.

Me? I like to hang by the soundboard. After all, everyone is getting the mix created by the guy standing there. It theoretically makes sense that’s where the best sound will be. Plus it’s easier to duck out to the bathroom.

Then there’s the matter of festivals. Where’s the best place to spend the day?

What’s your favourite vantage point at a show? And why?

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.

5 thoughts on “Weekly survey: What’s your favourite vantage point at a concert?

  • June 25, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I love being at the front close to the stage. I am there to see the band and I actually want to be able to see them.

  • June 25, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Right near the stage. Want to be able to see the expressions on the artists’ faces and feel their energy. Plus I like to turn and look out at the crowd to get the same view that the artist does of the venue.
    I’m there to see the band, I want to be able to see them. Otherwise I’d stay home and pop in their CD with a good pair of headphones and listen.
    Of course this all changes if it’s a small, club-like venue, then I like to bounce around from place to place as all vantage points are usually good to SEE the band.

  • June 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    I’m with you, Alan. Straight to the Soundboard.

  • June 25, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I am a sound board guy

  • June 28, 2018 at 7:50 am

    If I’m able to be on the floor In an arena or stadium I like to be a few ppl back as I can see the band and the “show”. In a club it’s near the soundboard.


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