The magic of live music never grows old. Seeing your favourite band, discovering a new artist or hearing that studio album in a live setting can be one of the most amazing experiences.
Then there’s the less amazing parts: getting accidentally intimate with a stranger that is pressed up against you in a moshpit, not hearing the band because of the enthusiastic fangirl screaming the lyrics in your ear,having drinks spilled down your back, your foot stepped on and being violently pushed every time the lights dim.
Without further ado, here’s the types of people that you can most probably see at every gig:
1) The Drunk Mate:
Dancing up the front with his arms in the air like he just don’t care, the drunk mate is loving life. He’s the one responsible for any drinks that have been poured all over your clothes and if you catch his eye, there’s a chance he’ll engage you in some weird moshpit two-step dance and this is even before the band comes on. While annoying at times, he (or she!) is kind of hard to hate, because…they just really freaking love life in that moment.
2) The passive aggressive fangirl:
“WELL YES, I was following the band before they became mainstream obviously, their first EP was absolutely their best work.”
There’s a chance you’ll hear this self-righteous phrase thrown out from one fans mouth at some stage during the gig. Because what’s more embarrassing than NOT following a band from the very start of their career? God forbid that ever happens.
3) The reluctant parent:
You’ll find the reluctant parent lurking behind their kids, potentially with ear-plugs in and 100% hating life.
4) The overly emotional fan:
‘OH MY GOOOD, THEY PLAYED MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE SONG, HE WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, LIKE SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS SO CLOSE…’ *promptly bursts into inconsolable sobs.*
5) The PDA couple:
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it before. There’s a time and a place for getting handsy and making out, and I’m sorry, a moshpit is just not one of them.
6) The unenthused hipster:
This mate went to gigs before it was even COOL to do it, alright? More often than not, you’ll find them at smaller gigs, in an arty warehouse or something similar – because like The Enmore Theatre and Metro are just too mainstream now, you know?
List compiled by Tahlia Pritchard, who has had the pleasure of witnessing many of these individuals at gigs before. And may have even been one or two herself.