Pet Peeves At A Concert; A Rant Coming Up!

Good morning!
Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to see Emeli Sande live in concert, thanks to a very generous offer of press tickets. But whilst I was there, a few things really annoyed me, whilst trying to enjoy a good concert. So, but if a grumpy post today, but here are my pet peeves at a concert:
The person always on their phone.

Throughout the concert, they will be on Facebook, Instagram, even Snapchat. And only part of this is to document the concert going on in front of them. The huge, lumimous screen is the distraction-seemingly exarcebated by the darkness a concert usually takes place in. Can’t we just enjoy it, without technology, for once? Like back when Rock concerts were a full foot-stamping-sing-along affair? Because that looks far more entertaining and enjoyable.

People moving about the row.
Or even just walking out. There’s probably a clearer cut exit path than having to bumble down one fully packed out row. Instead of going through a throng of people, and treading in their toes, why not go out the right way?

Hecklers
At a stand up concert, the put downs can be rather funny. (Look up Jimmy Carr vs Blonde Women on YouTube if you don’t believe me!) But at a concert? I remember seeing Anastacia back in 2015, yet whilst she was talking-due to a Q&A feature of the Resurrection tour-a group were constantly heckling her, meaning we couldn’t hear her. It’s not funny! And it was all really crude axioms, seemingly sexual, that were being shouted. I wish for the artist to be in control, and to enjoy their show. Heckling is not very funny at a rock concert.
Playing your own music.
You pay decent money to watch a show, but then there’s always one person who gets their phone out, in order to play their own music, usually during the middle of a song. Why?! Just Why?! We come to hear the artist, often on in a quite pricey ticket, not your rap music that’s muffled in its sound. Turn it off, sit down, and enjoy the show. You won’t annoy anyone, promise.

Feet on seats.

Why is it acceptable to put your feet up on the back of somebody else’s chair? Even if there is very limited leg room, I don’t wish to smell your stinky shoes, or to be annoyed at you kicking my chair. Besides, you can always stamp your feet in time to the beat on the floor.
What are your pet peeves at a concert?
Lydia
XO

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Emeli Sande Live In Concert; Review. 


Disclaimer: Thank you you very much to Katerina and Rosanna who sent me the press tickets to review this show! (What otherwise follows is my honest opinion…)

What has changed since the release of ‘Our Version Of Events’?

I’m at the O2 Academy in Brixton, waiting to see Emeli Sande. Her support act, Ray Blk, is really good. The crowd joins in to a cover of ‘Say My Name’; latterly, we become more enthusiastic as the night goes on, due to spaces slowly yet surely filling up in the room. I’ve never been here before, but I love the architecture that you can see from the Circle-and what seems to be inclusive of a built in tree. Always one for the greenery!

Firstly, Sande is nearly forty five minutes late….we’re not really given an explanation for this, in spite of the fact that are tickets are seemingly being checked and checked again. Random cheers to up at points, but it’s not her, not just yet.

But she’s back.

Emeli’s voice is ultimately very powerful-at once gospel in harmonising with her background singers, rocky when singing Hurts, and soaring when she sings old classics from Our Version Of Events. 

There isn’t a lot of chatter between songs-and to be honest, I would have hoped for more, really. But there’s cheers when Sande declares “London, you are full of wonder!” when introducing her next song. (It’s in the lyrics.) Her voice seems girlish, but you can see that she’s excited, even exhilarated, to be performing. But it’s on songs that we all know and live which are truly special moments-who’d have ever thought that there’d be an audience sing-a-long in Read All About It? We’re all singing along, enjoying ourselves.

I also had problems with the sound; at points her voice sounded a little mechanical, almost as if the actual transmission of it was not working. (My ‘plus one’ for the evening remarked that it sounded as if she had a sore throat..) There was also far too much bass. To give the show more of an edge, there needed to be more emphasis on percussion-although there was a formidable kit on stage-and her transmission tempered, in order to prevent the mechanical sound. Additionally, there was also a lot of new material, in comparison to older material; I know that this is promoting Long Live The Angels, but there could be more of a balance.

What impressed me most was Emeli’s seemingly positive vibe throughout-in that she encouraged us to be Angels in what is gradually becoming a very dark world. We need more singers and artists like her-the talented, the ones who don’t swear, and who are suitable for all ages. I highly suggest you buy a ticket to see her live.

Long Live The Angels is out now. Click here to buy the album. Or click here to buy tickets to her other concert dates.