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Better to Stand or Sit at Concerts

Updated on May 25, 2012

Concerts, Gigs, Shows and Performances

We all love to attend shows by our favorite singers, actors or performers. Once we scuffle enough money together we always enjoy getting the ticket because that's when it becomes official but have you ever thought if sitting might be better than standing or vice versa? All the questions run through your head, "Will I be able to stand for hours? Will I be able to see if I am seated?"

What do you do when you have never attended a concert performance before? You have no idea what to expect (trust me I know). When I went to a Lil Wayne concert on 6 December 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa I expected to get there and listen to him and go home, boy was I wrong. Read on and you will hear why!

Each answer will be different for each different type of concert. Stay tuned to see why. I hope you have a good time and feel very free to leave a comment to tell us what you think. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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My First Concert Experience

My partner and I thought about going to our favourite artists (Lil Wayne) concert in December 2011 to see him and mark it off our bucket list and so we did. It was our first concert we had been to so we had no clue on what to expect. We thought because we had bought golden circle tickets that we will be treated like VIP's as we did pay 600 bucks a ticket.

We traveled from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town which took us about 8 hours and stayed with a relative who stayed close by the Bellville velodrome which is 25 km's from the center of Cape Town. We finally arrived in the late afternoon, had a cold beer and jumped in the pool. We explored the beautiful busy city the next day and relaxed.

The next day we were getting ready and all dressed up for the concert. Our ticket says that it recommends us to arrive an hour before the time, and so we did (what a big mistake). We arrived outside the concert to find thousands and thousands of people with 3 lines going in different directions. We had no idea on which line to stand in first of all. Eventually we found the golden circle people which almost looked like a small group.

We stood in the line for about 6 to 7 hours.

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Never doing that again

After the very long wait in the line, we finally entered the building and listened to really awful bands play while we were standing, Then we waited for the rest of the people to enter while we just stood there and complained about how sore our legs were. We waited about 2 and a half hours in the building and 4 and a half hours standing in the line to enter.

Anyway, by the time Lil Wayne had actually got onto the stage we were completely exhausted from standing for so long.

We paid top dollar to get privileges and you know what the sad part was? We ended up wanting to sit down!

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Grass is not always greener on the other side?

So we ended up wanting to sit down because of dehydration and exhaustion. That means I could have paid 600 bucks for two tickets instead of one. When we asked if we could please sit down the security said no can do, we argued that we should be able to sit in a cheaper class because we paid more but the guy didn't seem to understand that.

Lil Wayne was awesome though, he made up for it. If you would like to see some videos we took you can find it on the lens below. Please note that we were trying to have fun and take videos at the same time so they might end in the middle of a song etc

Without music, life would be a mistake - Friedrich Nietzsche

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Rap and R&B - Seated

From personal experience, I have to go with seated. It is just not the same as a Rock concert where everything is wild and noisy. It is still awesome to see but while seated. We all have different opinions, and this is just my opinion.

Rock and Metal - Standing

Everybody knows you can't go to a rock concert and expect to sit and relax through the whole concert. If you do you will probably be pushed and shoved in all directions. You don't go for peace and quite, you go to scream and let loose. If you go to a heavy metal concert and don't end up jumping around and having a awesome time, you probably weren't at a heavy metal concert.

Going to a Rock or Heavy Metal concert you will definitely be standing and moving around a lot.

Jazz and pop - Seated

This genre is a lot more relaxed and friendly, it all depends on what type of person you are really but I have never heard any one jumping and shaking their head to a Jazz song. I'm sure it wouldn't be too bad to stand for a pop concert because there is a bit of energy but in my opinion I would rather be seated.

Rave - Standing

No way you can be seated at Rave concert. You should be up shouting and having the time of your life. No need to rest your legs when you have so much adrenaline running through you. Some concerts can be a little more relaxed but still adrenaline pumping. Definitely standing.

One thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain - Bob Marley

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      5 years ago

      Great Lens. Thank you for the info.

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      6 years ago

      I've been to many concerts in my life, and I do like to be able to sit for the most part. But, being able to stand is good too. I like it best when things are set up well so people aren't blocking each others views. :)

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      CyberTech LM 

      6 years ago

      The last concert was in Detroit, MI and it was the best ever!!!! The seats were set up so you could stand or sit and still see the stage. If the people in front of you stood, you could sit and still see good! Loved it! Love Rock and Roll!, but this was a Country concert and Loved it!!!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! Standing up for so many hours was pathetic. Next time I shall get a seat ticket (if I ever end up going to another concert)


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