I love live music; there's just something about seeing a live band that brings their music to life. Being surrounded by people who all share a similar passion really excites me and I'll happily watch bands in all kinds of venues from stadiums to the back room of a dingy pub.
Having said that, in the past few years the experience of seeing live music has changed massively and in the next few editions of Wednesday Whine I'm going to tell you how.
So far I've whined about people using their mobile phones and tall people at gigs. This week it's short and sweet: People who talk at gigs.
I've been known to pay £40 or £50 to see someone I really like. That's a lot of money. Even when smaller bands play, and the tickets are only £10 or so there's usually booking fees and postage costs to add and the cost of going to see professional live music is mounting. So why then do people seem to think that when they're at a gig they can chat away as if they're watching a covers band in the pub?!
A couple of weeks ago I went to see Twin Atlantic in Newcastle. They were enjoyable (although they started with a ballad which is always a huge no-no in my eyes... I digress, apologies!) but there were a couple of women standing behind me who did not shut up for the entire ninety minutes that the band were onstage. They chatted about work, their kids, the fab Christmas party dress one of them had just bought, but not once did they take a breath and just enjoy the band. I couldn't move; I had a seat. The tickets were £16. and I don't know about you but if I pay £16 for something I don't want to spend the whole time doing something else!
This is not an isolated incident; in the past year or so I've been unable to enjoy many bands fully because of people nattering on about anything and everything. Seriously, if you want to have a chat over a pint whilst listening to music then find a pub with a jukebox. Don't waste your £20 and mine.