I have always been a huge fan of concerts. Who knows me well can assure you that one of my most said sentences is: ” If I could, I would spend all my money for travels and concerts” (well okay I would probably leave 20% of it for stationary stuff :p).
I believe that going to a concert is living the whole music experience. Of course, listening to music from an ipod/radio/phone/ecc. can already transmit you emotions but being there, right in front (or side) to the band/singer makes you feel that emotion 100% more.
The first reason why I love going to concerts is that during a concert the singer or the members of the band usually triy to create a relation with the audience maybe by doing some jokes or telling about a funny event happened in previous concerts for example. In any case, from how they act you can identify the singer as a person, a human which,just like you, he/she likes having fun, talking, dancing…. they are not just a picture or a person you watch in TV.
Personally, I particularly like when the singer, especially if they are the author of the song, explains when or why the song was written. It often happened that I gave a personal meaning to the lyrics of a song and eventually when the author explained why he actually wrote it, his/her reasons were related to a different context than mine and I found this very interesting to notice.
Another reason why I enjoy concerts is the people around you. Okay, this is quite a debatable point because you have to be lucky to be near to nice people with your same attitude and spirit. Last year when my best friend and I went to The Wombats concerts we managed to arrive there early and to position ourselves practically under the stage, in front of us there were 3 girls wearing the band tee-shirts so we thought they would have been active and enthusiastic during the concert…well, it ended up that, a part from the fact that they did not know any lyrics, they spent the whole time holding their phones and standing while my friend and I were dancing, singing and screaming together with all the other people around us…yep quite annoying..but we enjoyed!! 😉 When good people are around you they make that moment even more memorable, after all there’s nothing better than meeting people with your same spirit, right?
Also, during live performances unpredictable things can happen. For example, at the Mumfords&Sons concert at the Arena (an ancient structure similar to the Colosseum in Rome but smaller in size) in Verona, due to the fact that the acoustic of the place was really good they managed to sing 3 songs a capella (if someone of you knows their kind of music you can imagine the emotion of listening them with no instruments…thrilling!) and as said by them, this is not an event which happens often!
One of my favourite moments is when the singer plays an old song which you might didn’t even expect him/her to perform. At Adele‘s concert for example, she sang one of the first songs I’ve heard of her when she still wasn’t famous and listening to it live has been a memorable event.
As you can read I really love going to concerts, as much as travelling. Maybe because, as a performer, I know how the feeling from the other side of the stage is but I strongly believe that during a live everything can happen while your ipod track will always be the same, for sure it’s nice and enjoyable but it will always remain the same sound and rhythm.
What about you? Do you like going to concerts? Which one has been your favourite? 🙂