The unwritten code of rock concerts.
October 16, 2010 2:10 PM Subscribe
Rock concert etiquette: What are the unwritten rules of general admission, unseated shows. re: your spot.
posted by windbox to human relations (32 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I’ve been to more rock concerts than I can count, but there is one aspect of it that I’m pretty clueless about.
I get pretty frustrated when someone tries to cram in front of me+friends, especially when we’ve scored prime spots early on in the night and patiently waited through openers and sound check so that we can have a good sightline for the headliner. Likewise, I get pretty pissed off when I have to split from my friends to run to the bathroom and people aren’t letting me through to get back to my group, in which I usually just become a hypocrite and politely try to slide through the crowd anyway. Sorry!
So basically my entire concert-going career I’ve seen it as an every-man-for-himself sort of deal – “don’t you dare get in front of me, asshole BUT excuse me my friend is over there so if I can just get through…” I’m sure this is terrible protocol. I wanted to know what you all do: What is your concert-going etiquette regarding general admission, unseated shows? Do you just try to let everyone in front of you when they try to press through, assuming they spit from their buddy at some point? Do you stubbornly refuse and tell them to fuck off? What about when YOU become “that guy/girl” who has to run to the bathroom? Do you just find a new spot and enjoy the show without your group for the rest of the night?
What is your “personal code” for these situations at GA unseated concerts?