Concert culture changes after Covid-19

January 25, 2023

Abigail Culcasi

Statistics from and Pollstar.

From dressing up in cute outfits, blasting the music to the artist you’re about to hear live in the car ride up, to screaming the lyrics at the packed concert to your favorite song with your best friend: these are some common memories of people that have attended any concert.

Concerts are a popular experience many teenagers share. People love concerts as it is a way to socialize with your friends and listen to your favorite music. Not only is going to a concert fun, but there are also many benefits to attending one, such as stress reduction, a sense of connection and community and an overall feeling of well being.

It seems as though people post COVID-19 are viewing the whole experience of a concert, regardless of whoever the artist or band might be performing. People miss the gatherings and outings that they have missed.

Junior Ellery Johnson explains how she feels the concert culture has been impacted in a positive way in a post- pandemic world.

“I think people are just excited to go out and have fun again so you enjoy [the concert] so much more. It feels like the audience is closer now being through the pandemic together, even though we don’t all know each other we are all there for the same purpose and [there is] a sense of bonding in a way,” Johnson said.

Because of the growing number of people attending concerts, tickets have also been harder to purchase since COVID-19. Senior Madeline Kelly speaks on how her experience with buying Taylor Swift tickets changed from 2018 to 2022.

“I think that buying tickets is harder. For me personally, it was so much harder to buy Taylor Swift tickets now than it was in 2018. All of the concerts I’ve been to this year have been sold out, and it was incredibly hard to buy tickets, or we had to buy tickets from a scalper for a ridiculous price,” Kelly said.

While concerts have been viewed as an overall positive experience, recently concertgoers have found an interesting shift in the concert culture in a post COVID-19 world. Because of concerts being postponed for a few months because of the pandemic, some concert goers feel as though some attendees have lost what is known as “concert etiquette”.

“ Since we haven’t been together for so long because of COVID some people have lost that etiquette and the social norms [of a concert] so sometimes it is annoying when people are not polite anymore… or when they are socially unaware,” Johnson said.

Senior Georgia Genin believes that some people are not really there to have the concert experience itself, but rather just take pictures and tell people that they were at the concert.

“There’ve been cases where the people sitting around don’t really care for the artist or only go to see one or two songs. This happened a lot more with the bigger artist [The Weeknd],” Genin said.

Because some people who attend concerts are not super fans of the artist or band, they may not know all the songs. However, some concert goers have had some experiences where people that do not know the songs as well as some other people at the concert may judge them for singing along.

“There are people around us that kind of just sung the popular songs but then judged us for singing all of the other songs very loudly. I think that it is fine to go to a concert if you only know a couple songs. But they were judging my sisters and I for enjoying the concert and that is where I kind of have an issue,” Genin said.

Another key difference in concert culture is that people who attend concerts regularly have also said that they notice that there are more “extreme” fans that will go to lengths to ensure that they get the best concert experience possible.

“I also think that people are more inclined to camp out for GA [general admission] to get as close as possible compared to before COVID-19. My friend and I had to wait for over 8 hours to get remotely close to the stage when we saw the 1975 where [as] before I don’t think this was a problem,” Kelly said.

Some concertgoers feel as though a portion of people are going with the wrong intentions.

“I feel like there is a sort of a status that comes with coming to see someone in concert… Taylor Swift for example, it is almost more valuable to say that you purchased the ticket [to the concert] than actually going to the concert,” Genin said.

While there are many positive and negative ways concert culture has changed over the course of COVID-19, we definitely know that we are living in a different post pandemic world, even with concerts.

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