Sometimes I think us concertgoers are crazy. We deliberately spend hundreds of dollars a year to be part of a sweaty crowd to see a band that will probably never know we exist, with almost no guarantee that they’ll perform the songs that we like.
Nonetheless, being surrounded by strangers that share your love for a band feels like being with family. And every family comes with their own set of problems. Here are 9 struggles that are #relatableAF (unless you’re high SES enough to always be in the VIP zone).
1) Ticket prices that cost a kidney
It feels as if ticket prices in Singapore have been steadily rising in the past decade––I remember when standard tickets only cost around $68-$78. Now, with Singapore’s music scene in full swing and big names set to perform, get ready to drop upwards of $100 for even the cheapest category. That probably means no more bubble tea runs for at least a month.
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2) Not being able to get your hands on a ticket
As if it weren’t bad enough that concert tickets in Singapore cost a bomb. Now you’re faced with another problem: actually being able to purchase the tickets. It’s still permissible if you don’t have the time and energy like you once did to queue overnight to purchase your tickets or your internet just isn’t working with you the day of ticket sales. What’s not acceptable is if you miss out the ticket sales because you didn’t even know about it in the first place. Follow this handy Telegram channel and never miss a concert announcement again. Or, if it’s fine by you, you can buy a resale ticket at $12,000 too. No problemo.
3) The agonising wait for the day to come
You’ve purchased tickets and you’re in a state of euphoria knowing you’re finally going to see the band live. You’ve created a playlist of songs that you wish they would play and your gig group chat is buzzing with anticipation. Just one problem though––it’s months away. The wait towards the day of the concert is simultaneously the best and worst feeling ever.
In the meantime, why not do something productive during the month-long wait? Here are some unique workshops in Singapore!
4) Surviving rain or shine events
In a city where the weather is either hot, very hot, or sweltering, there’s another dreadful obstacle to face when preparing for concerts: rain. At outdoor concerts, you’re always facing the risk of a sudden downpour ruining your makeup, getting mud on your shoes, and drowning out the sound of the music. We experienced this at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2017 and Neon Lights 2018. Unfortunately, all you can do is accept the fate and complain about it to your friend later.
5) Security throwing your bottled water away
Dehydration is a big deal, even during a mildly strenuous activity like dancing at a concert. The perennial money-grab of bottled water at concert venues ($5 for a cup of water???) is a major annoyance of anyone trying to stay healthy and alive. So, basically everyone hates this.
6) Standing for an eternity before the concerts starts
Though I’ve found that it occurs more often with badly organised events, there’s a lot of waiting around for the band to finally appear on stage. Sometimes there’s an opening act which alleviates the boredom for a while, but otherwise you’re not doing much except taking random Instastories or checking out the latest deals on the Telegram channels that you follow.
7) Being surrounded by terrible people in the crowd
Sure, everyone has subjective opinions of what makes a person terrible, but there are a few definitions we can all agree on. This includes but is not limited to: the girl with really long hair that keeps whipping you because she didn’t tie it up, that person who sings so terribly and ruins your recordings, those entitled people who came late but are determined to squeeze to the front, and that one person who is so tall that he blocks your entire view. We hate you, tall person, but only out of envy.
8) Overpriced merch
Okay, band-I’ve-loved-for-a-long-time. Your music is amazing, I’m out a hundred bucks to attend your concert, and you’re selling your merch at designer prices––$50 for a t-shirt and $15 for a poster. I really want you to be able to keep touring, but I also really want to be able to buy bubble tea again. Next time, I’ll just buy your stuff off Carousell.
Or, perhaps you could treat yourself to a merch this time and then rationalise your purchase(s) by going to a free workshop? Logic.
9) Only knowing a couple of songs before the concert
There are two types of fans at concerts: die-hard fans, and regular fans who only know a couple of songs. If you’ve ever been to a concert as the latter and watched the band put on an amazing live performance, you’re likely to have faced a metamorphosis and emerged from the crowd as a die-hard fan. The struggle happens when you kick yourself in the face for not exploring their other great songs beforehand.
Avoid this problem by playing (and replaying) the songs while you work out at one of Singapore’s seven 24-hour gyms before the concert day.
10) Post-concert depression
Alas, the show’s over and you’ve taken dozens of videos and photos for reminiscing. The band was great and the crowd was full of spirit. You’re in a youthful, sweaty glow from singing and dancing, and you slowly make your way home. That’s when you realise you have to settle for Youtube videos and Spotify playlists of live music until your next gig. This consequent feeling of ennui is termed post-concert depression, but facing it means that you had an above average concert experience, and everything you’ve faced in this list was worth it.
Some ways to get over the post-concert blues include buying ticket to your next concert or learning how to play the band’s songs on a music instrument. There are many schools offering first free trial for their music lessons.
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