Concerts: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Hey there lovelies, can you believe it’s already November?! It feels like only a few days ago, I was moving into my new uni house and now we only have a few weeks left of the semester before we break up for Christmas. And to make things worse I have no idea on what to buy my friends and family, just another thing that’s going to stress me out.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll come to realise that I have been to my fair share of concerts, especially in the last few weeks. So I thought I would write a bit about my concert experiences and give you the lowdown on what to expect but also so I can reminisce on all the great times I have been having over the last few weeks.

The Good:

There are so many great things about concerts, and honestly if you see an artist or band perform and you honestly like there music it definitely outweighs the ‘bad’ or ‘ugly’. I don’t think you need me to explain why concerts are ‘good’, and to tell you the truth I don’t think good effectively describes how amazing the experience of concerts are. But just for the sake of it here are a few reasons why:

  • Live music is 99% of the time better than hearing it on an album
  • The interaction between the artist/band and the crowd is always an added bonus
  • Being able to sing at the top of your lungs
  • The buzz you feel at the end of a concert

Watching Freya Ridings perform last month was amazing, she had the whole venue in a trance of utter bliss and there was not one moment where you felt anything but ecstatic. For someone who creates much mellower music, there was something in the way she performed her songs which kept you gripped and entertained throughout the set.

The Bad:

When I say ‘bad’, I don’t mean an end of the world kind of bad, more like little things that tick me off but at the end of the day add to that concert experience. Unless you have seats or are one of those people who rock up just in time for the main act, I think the following things are aspects of the whole concert experience that you can’t get out of:

  • Queuing for doors to open
  • Queuing for the merch stand (especially if you go at the end of the concert)
  • Sore feet after standing around for hours, waiting for the show to begin and between acts
  • Getting squished in a sweaty crowd when the main act arrives on stage

But the absolute bane of my life, is standing behind a tall individual and only being able to see the back of their head for the majority of the concert, just another short person problem I have to put up with.

Tom Odell definitely put on a show and I was not ready for it! I don’t think there was a moment during that concert where I wasn’t smiling, laughing or just singing along to the songs (ok more like screaming). Tom Odell’s concert was also the first time I had ever gone to a concert alone, and honestly I’m so glad I choose his concert because there was not one point throughout that evening where I felt uncomfortable or lonely. In fact I had such an incredible night and I can’t wait to do it all again and maybe find the courage to get standing tickets instead.

The Ugly:

There is definitely some ‘ugly’ that you may experience during a concert, and they can be pretty bad:

  • The most important, drink water because if you are standing in the middle of a crowd, it can get very hot in such tight spaces – STAY HYDRATED KIDS
  • People may on the rare occasion get a bit irritated which could lead to some unwanted confrontation
  • Getting pushed side to side by the people around you
  • Standing in a sweaty crowd
  • Also, dropping you phone in said sweaty crowd

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It has been a good few years since I last saw 5 Seconds of Summer live and so to see them live this year was amazing and what makes it even better was seeing them rock a venue like Brixton. Which is so much smaller than their usual venues but definitely much more intimate and undeniably something I’m glad I got to experience. And when I say I had a bloody brilliant time I mean it, it has been a good few months since I left a concert with sore feet from all the dancing and an incredibly sore throat from all the singing.

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Last night I saw Lewis Capaldi perform for the first time, and I don’t think I have laughed so much during a concert, for someone who apparently couldn’t think of have much to say between songs, he had the crowd in stitches. Not only was he a beautiful performer (THAT MAN CAN SING!) but he was a total crowd pleaser and knew exactly how to work his audience. I would recommend you have a listen to a few of his songs.

So to sum up, concerts are amazing! In all honestly, even though they leave you feeling sore, tired and a bit sad (mainly because it’s over) it’s an experience you won’t regret experiencing. Comment down below some of your favourite artists you have seen live.

Love Sharuni xx

//4th November 2018//

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