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    Have been thinking of going to more gigs but not sure how to go about it. I think they can be quite tribal and concerned about seeming out of place. However, would not want to miss out on them. You can learn something about the culture by reading and perhaps observing, but when you go there it seems to help to be part of it in the first place. I have heard that you will not be respected if it seems like you are trying too hard to be someone you're not - known as being a poser - but think it can also work the other way as if you do not seem like them they will not approve, and react negatively to you. I see no point in trying to shrug it off because I am concerned about what others think and it would definitely affect how much I would enjoy being somewhere. What kind of things would you say you need to do to make sure that you are accepted?

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    Does this question make sense to you or do I need to word it differently? Maybe no-one has anything to suggest, but there'd be no harm in communicating that.

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    • #3
      I go to gigs to watch live bands and listen to great music, not to be accepted.
      Love Is Not Love That Alters When It Alteration Finds

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      • #4
        Are you talking about going to fairly big gigs? If so, no-one is going to notice you're there on your own - everyone else has whatever their doing on their mind!
        If youre worried about going on your own, you could always look on the band's message board to see if there's a lot of others going on their own because sometimes people meet up with others on their own.
        I am Kate in chat

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        • #5
          Originally posted by plugitin View Post
          Are you talking about going to fairly big gigs? If so, no-one is going to notice you're there on your own - everyone else has whatever their doing on their mind!
          If youre worried about going on your own, you could always look on the band's message board to see if there's a lot of others going on their own because sometimes people meet up with others on their own.
          Not necessarily. It's not essential to make friends there, at the major ones especially that would probably be expecting too much in fact. I'm more concerned with how to give the right impression. Suspect that particularly at more tribal things such as heavy metal, they are fairly particular about who they want there and do not want to cause embarrassment by being an outsider.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lexi99 View Post
            I go to gigs to watch live bands and listen to great music, not to be accepted.
            Granted, but surely there are some rules that you follow in order not to alienate the others?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by will2 View Post
              Granted, but surely there are some rules that you follow in order not to alienate the others?
              Yeah - don't talk on your phone during a quiet song. Someone did this and wondered why I gave them a dirty look.

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              • #8
                You're over-thinking things.

                That is all.
                Can you hold me like you held someone you shouldn't have let go?
                Can you keep me deep inside like the regrets that burned a hole?
                Can you love me like you loved someone you loved so long ago?

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                • #9
                  I second what arctic roll has said. Basically providing you don't act like a dick, no-one will care. Plus you'll never see these people again, so it doesnt matter what you think! Go because you enjoy the music, not to 'be cool'
                  I am Kate in chat

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by plugitin View Post
                    I second what arctic roll has said. Basically providing you don't act like a dick, no-one will care. Plus you'll never see these people again, so it doesnt matter what you think! Go because you enjoy the music, not to 'be cool'
                    There's a lot that I have to say about this, but I really don't want to be depressing! I do agree that at, for want of a better word, nicer gigs this is true. Sorry I haven't been for a while, wasn't very sure what to post.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Arctic Roll View Post
                      You're over-thinking things.

                      That is all.
                      I disagree with this, but beginning to wonder if this post makes any sense. I don't want to seem too needy, and it is part of a wider issue than what happens at gigs.

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                      • #12
                        Arctic put it very short (and succinct) that you are overthinking things. It really does not matter what other people think of you wherever you go, least of all at a gig!

                        You have to remember that people are there to see the band, not you, if you want to talk to people and/or fit in get a beer/alcoholic beverage/water/fluid, stand next to some other dude not doing anything and start a conversation about <insert name of band playing here> and let it flow from there, open with something like "Have you ever seen <insert band name> before? I have never been and I'm excited!"

                        On alienating others - it is pretty simple, don't be miserable, smile, look happy, don't say things like "I brought a push blade for tonight, its in my sock", don't share highly sensitive opinions, don't be afraid to be different and finally remember there is more to people than what music they like. If you act like a nice person, people will be nice back.

                        And one last thing, one of the coolest people I ever met at a gig was standing by a bin on his own wearing a bright pink suit while we waited to see Rammstein. We got drunk together and had a good night - So the moral is never judge a person on whether they look like they fit in or not!... Still not sure why he had a pink suit on though.
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                        • #13
                          you should try and be a single woman going to gigs - see how some people look at you then.

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                          • #14
                            [QUOTE=SnuggleBubbles;2429345]Arctic put it very short (and succinct) that you are overthinking things. It really does not matter what other people think of you wherever you go, least of all at a gig!

                            QUOTE]

                            Well, that depends on whether or not you are interested in getting along with the others. If you are, then you need to be concerned what they think, if you don't, you need only to be concerned about what they do (this is rarely, if ever, a problem at gigs these days, but there was a time when particular types of music attracted violent and dangerous people). Both approaches can be taken too far - too concerned and you lose integrity and are no longer yourself anymore, not concerned enough and you are not taking in anything from other people, which is counterproductive and isolating.


                            You have to remember that people are there to see the band, not you, if you want to talk to people and/or fit in get a beer/alcoholic beverage/water/fluid, stand next to some other dude not doing anything and start a conversation about <insert name of band playing here> and let it flow from there, open with something like "Have you ever seen <insert band name> before? I have never been and I'm excited!"

                            True, though I'm not trying to be the centre of attention, if anything the opposite.


                            <On alienating others - it is pretty simple, don't be miserable, smile, look happy, don't say things like "I brought a push blade for tonight, its in my sock", don't share highly sensitive opinions, don't be afraid to be different and finally remember there is more to people than what music they like. If you act like a nice person, people will be nice back.>

                            Agree that this can make a difference in any situation.

                            <And one last thing, one of the coolest people I ever met at a gig was standing by a bin on his own wearing a bright pink suit while we waited to see Rammstein. We got drunk together and had a good night - So the moral is never judge a person on whether they look like they fit in or not!... Still not sure why he had a pink suit on though.>

                            I expect he probably liked it. Glad that you had a good night.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by stogie View Post
                              you should try and be a single woman going to gigs - see how some people look at you then.
                              If it's what I think you mean, would have thought this would be flattering, but does it become irritating after a while?

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