I know I already did my little music blurb for the semester, but I just went to a concert and I am still so hyped up on the atmosphere from there. Music relaxes me. It brings me happiness (yes, even the sad songs). I just saw a band I have been wanting to see for a good while live and I was blown away. Just the atmosphere alone was enough to make me happy, but when they actually started performing, they were just as amazing as I thought they would be. They had so much energy that it was contagious. A smile never left my face. They were also the funniest humans I have seen live. I actually wrote a whole concert review for this issue, so if you want to hear more about the actual concert, go read that. But what I want to touch on with this is the fellow concert goers.
Going into this concert, I knew a good chunk of this band’s fan-base ranges anywhere from 12-30 years old. The majority of the concert goers to this show fell into the 12-15-year-old range. So, there were a lot of parents dealing with a lot of pop-punk/rock fans that had to deal with 12-15-year-olds. Alcohol was spilled and glares were made. However, that being said, when they played music before the show and between sets, when songs came on that are well-known in that specific music community, it got loud. The venue played My Chemical Romance (MCR) songs, Fall Out Boy (FOB), and All Time Low (ATL). When MCR’s song “Teenagers” came on, the crowd started screaming the lyrics to the song. This led to me looking at my friend and saying, “Well, now teenagers do scare the living s—t out of me.” This continued on with MCR’s “Helena”, FOB’s “Sugar We’re Going Down Swinging,” and ATL’s “Dear Maria, Count Me In.” The look of some of the parents in the room killed me. They looked so confused and lost. It was honestly both hilarious and sad.
Fast forward to when I stood in the merchandise line for an hour, and I was once again surrounded by 12-15-year-olds and their parents. Different hair colors, piercings, tattoos, and band tees surrounded me. Then I heard it. “Everyone is either wearing combat boots, converse, or vans. That’s what edgy teenagers do.” Considering my height, I probably do look like a teenager every now and again, but I was slightly annoyed by this girl judging me for wearing my boots. I am an edgy adult, thank you very much.
Moral of the story, concerts are amazing and I love going to them. However, when I am judged by a mini-person for what kind of shoes I wear to a concert (or even really anything concert related), I get slightly annoyed. It is in those moments I wish a lot of the shows I went to were 18+. But what can you do? It is in those moments when you have to stick it out and just enjoy the atmosphere.