FolkWords Writes

Stop bloody chattering ...

(November 15, 2016)

Why do people go to gigs? Why do they pay good money to listen to artists performing? Presumably, to hear their favourite artists play ‘live’, perhaps to enjoy the ambiance of a good venue or maybe to experience the ‘live’ atmosphere. Whatever the reason, I’ll tell you what it’s not ... it’s not to sit there while the artists are playing, jabbering like an agitated monkey to your group of friends.

Not only does the constant chattering irritate those members of the audience unfortunate enough to be within earshot of your murmurings, it’s disrespectful to the performers. And why do these sufferers of 'verbal diarrhoea' always sit around the tables at the front? It really isn’t hard to understand ... when the artists are playing shut up. There’s nothing so mind bogglingly important that you have to talk about it during the set ... if there is, then get up before the start and bugger off into the car park where you can discuss anything you want at length. You may go to gigs to have a chat and treat the performers as ‘back ground music’ but the rest of us don’t. No one expects you to conduct yourself in 'monk-like' silence for the whole evening but when someone is performing shut it.

And while we’re on the subject ... the mobile, cell phone or tablet are not new technology, they are no endlessly longer fascinating. We’re all used to them ... so switch the bloody things off before you walk into the venue. Don’t wait for the inevitable ‘please switch off your phones’ announcement, which is frequently ignored because the theme from Mission Impossible still chirrups away during gigs. Don’t shuffle about in pockets or handbags to find your phone, all the while indulging in a sotto voce enquiry: “Is that my ring tone or yours?” Find it and switch it off before you walk in. And if you’re expecting a critical call that cannot wait, what are you doing there in the first place?

This is no more than common courtesy towards artists and audience members. Nobody is infringing any of your rights ... so should you fall into the ‘chatterbox’ or ‘phone’ category stop it. Show some respect. And stop being an inconsiderate boor.

Why do people go to gigs? Why do they pay good money to listen to artists performing? Presumably, to hear their favourite artists play ‘live’, perhaps to enjoy the ambiance of a good venue or maybe to experience the ‘live’ atmosphere. Whatever the reason, I’ll tell you what it’s not ... it’s not to sit there while the artists are playing, jabbering like an agitated monkey to your group of friends.

Not only does the constant chattering irritate those members of the audience unfortunate enough to be within earshot of your murmurings, it’s disrespectful to the performers. And why do these sufferers of 'verbal diarrhoea' always sit around the tables at the front? It really isn’t hard to understand ... when the artists are playing shut up. There’s nothing so mind bogglingly important that you have to talk about it during the set ... if there is, then get up before the start and bugger off into the car park where you can discuss anything you want at length. You may go to gigs to have a chat and treat the performers as ‘back ground music’ but the rest of us don’t. No one expects you to conduct yourself in 'monk-like' silence for the whole evening but when someone is performing shut it.

And while we’re on the subject ... the mobile, cell phone or tablet are not new technology, they are no endlessly longer fascinating. We’re all used to them ... so switch the bloody things off before you walk into the venue. Don’t wait for the inevitable ‘please switch off your phones’ announcement, which is frequently ignored because the theme from Mission Impossible still chirrups away during gigs. Don’t shuffle about in pockets or handbags to find your phone, all the while indulging in a sotto voce enquiry: “Is that my ring tone or yours?” Find it and switch it off before you walk in. And if you’re expecting a critical call that cannot wait, what are you doing there in the first place?

This is no more than common courtesy towards artists and audience members. Nobody is infringing any of your rights ... so should you fall into the ‘chatterbox’ or ‘phone’ category stop it. Show some respect. And stop being an inconsiderate boor.

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