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what do you think constitutes the perfect gig? Not just including the performance of the band.
Support bands that you may not be aware of but that really blow you away.
no cunts who feel the need to talk through it.
No ballbaggery from audience members
doing something more than just playing the songs reallyreally well. antyhing from interesting re-arrangements to stage decorations to giving out sweets
some massive guy with dreadlocks felt the need to stand right in front of us, that was pretty shit.
Didn't he know who you were?
the point is that the guy was totally selfish.
and scotch eggs.
It's no place for gala pie
and having a great group of friends with you. Yesh.
(but that is covered off in the great venue bit)
I saw BRILLIANT lasers at Sonar one year... best I've ever ever ever seen... During Miss Kittin's set... It was incredible.. I have pictures somewhere.............
lasers can be amazing. Coldplay at Glastonbury a few years back was unbelievably bland but the lasers/lights made it so good I didn't care. That big green thing they put over the whole crowd especially.
most non-acoustic gigs nowadays just seem to be so loud you can't hear anything but fuzz.
No couples getting off right by the stage.
No girls dancing around in bras thinking they're hot when they look like sweaty, acne-ridden bulldogs.
No annoying talking at the front all the way through the show.
No snobs having a go at you for singing along (Radiohead) or laughing (Magnetic Fields).
No professional photographers/video camera people. Especially not ones who go "this camera cost £6000000... don't you dare go near me" and then start kicking members of the crowd and starting a fist fight (Kait0 and Todd at the buffalo bar).
Venues that let you take water/bags in.
A quiet area you can talk in or sit in.
No pointless strobe lighting (Spiritualized).
Bands that actually do something more than just play their songs (British Sea Power showing a film before they played with The Flaming Lips, The Flaming Lips in general).
No long tuning breaks (Brian Jonestown Massacre...if The Fiery Furnaces can do a non stop set for over an hour so can anyone, guitars don't go out of tune every two seconds, it's just paranoia. Or crap guitars)
Bands only chatting to the crowd if they're funny/interesting (Buck 65, Magnetic Fields, Neko Case, Granddaddy, Mountain Goats) not if you're just going to do a big pointless student politics rant (Get Cape Wear Cape Fly) or repeat the same speech about how it's the best gig you've played every show.
No one spilling beer all over you or burning a hole in your top with their cigarette.
Probably more but that's all I can think of for now.
I would say people with rucksacks or tall people but I'm sadly usually both of those myself.
...I'm sober: No drunken twats talking/wobbling/spilling beer around me.
When I'm drunk: No po-faced, joyless, miserable bastards tutting/looking down their noses at me just because I make a remark to a friend or have to squeeze past them to get to the bar.