Concert Culture

From 5 Seconds of Summer to Snoop Dogg, there’s a large array of concerts coming to Michigan this summer for all ages to enjoy. Jenna Pomaville, senior, has big concert plans: “This summer I plan to attend Florida Georgia Line at the Soaring Eagle, Faster Horses Country Festival, Demi Lovato, and maybe a few other raves and festivals if they’re not too distant or expensive,”.
    What is the proper way to dress for the concert you’re going to? Of course, festival season is hot so dress for the weather, but is there a certain code? Basic concert clothing depends on what concert you’re going to: “At the 1975, I wore tye-dye, same with a rave. A country concert, I’d wear something more flowery, whereas a rap concert I’d wear something more edgy. I just match with what genre the concert is,” says Pomaville. However, if you find yourself stuck, there’s always a simple go to: “A t-shirt of the band you’re seeing that day,” says Lexie Vaughn, sophomore.
    Not only do different concerts require a different style, concerts all have different moods. Although none are bad, there’s always a different tone set depending on who you see. “At rap concerts, people are more aggressive and vulgar, like the music. At country concerts, everyone is usually too drunk and just sings along. At raves, everyone dances and goes crazy, which is great because no one judges you or thinks you’re weird since everyone else is dancing, same with indie concerts except they’re a bit more toned down,” says Pomaville. Even if they’re the same genre, concerts can still set different moods. “Acoustic rock concerts are super calm, but hard rock concerts are a lot of jumping and screaming,” says Vaughn. Of course, different moods mean different types of people.
    Concerts are an emotional experience, bringing the attendee up close and personal with the performer they sing along with in the shower most of the time. Of course, a bunch of people devoted to an artist and ready to see them perform in the same room are bound to connect with one another. “2 years ago, I went to Faster Horses for the first time and I met a girl named Brooklyn. We shared the same love for country music and she was the sweetest and cutest girl in the world. Last year the weather wasn’t too great and her friends decided to leave her stranded there, so we took her to stay with us in our hotel room. We had a blast with her, and we’ll be staying together this year for my third year in a row at Faster Horses,” says Pomaville. The connections you build with people through concerts and music are unlike bonds you form anywhere else, and they tend to be closer bonds. “I met my two best friends at a concert,” says Vaughn.
    Concerts show you the full circle. You can meet your best friend, but also find your worst enemy. Whether or not you find an arch nemesis, you do find a typical person you dislike. “My concert pet peeve is when people record the whole concert. You might as well have just stayed home and watched it on YouTube. I used to record a lot of the concerts I went to, until I realized that it’s a waste and you’re basically just wasting your time and money by looking at a concert through the screen. At the 1975, I actually screamed at a girl because she was recording everything,” says Pomaville. Whether it’s recording, or it’s people sneaking their way to the front, there’s always someone to keep an eye out for and avoid.
    “Concerts are a great experience and I think everyone should go see their favorite artists if they get a chance to.”         

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