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Is it just me who finds it really disrespectful when people sit on the floor at gigs?
I think I did at a Dandy Warhols gig once and it was fabulous
"I cant be arsed to stand up for you"
there were cushions and stuff scattered around the floor. It was when they were trying to be the Velvet Underground. Half the people there were on their arses....I thought it was an interesting way to watch a show.
before the gig starts or DURING? Because I sometimes sit at the back before a gig if it's in a big place. And everyone at an arena gig sits on the floor when they get there.
last night at Mark Eitzel at the lumi there was quite a lot of people in there and loads of people near the front were on the floor taking up room which could have been used for the people standing to get a better spot.
When I saw Smog in Brighton a couple of years ago, EVERYBODY sat down for the whole thing. He seemed really pissed off and said "Do you all have magnets in your pants or something?"
And where? And why?
(nb: I've done this once, but in my defence I was sitting on a step-type thing at the front of the stage in the Luminaire, and I was very concious that I was about a foot taller than everyone else there. Public service. And it was an acoustic gig).
& places like ally pally
but it sounds incredibly stupid
in Oxford and a few pulled up a chair to watch us at the front. Very weird.
and what kind of music.
i've seen everyone sitting ont he floor all the way through gigs by.. laura veirs and the czars. not sure if i've seen it at any others, apart from at arenas before the band comes on.
where people do this. The one opposite the Barn. Pisses me right off.
for the whole gig, it was quite nice, but everyone was. It felt very atmospheric.
I think the Luminaire feels clean and safe to sit in.
is that if it's even half-busy, people sitting down makes life difficult for people anywhere near the bar. sitting down the front's fine if it ain't busy, but the number of time i've stumbled over people's hands/bags/drinks because they thought it was a great idea to sit themselves down a metre from the bar. the best bit is the injured look you get from them when you do go flying over their possessions/bodily parts.
saw the blood arm recently and they make everyone sit down during one particularly song though - that's a nice touch.
I would always prioritise the bar over the sitting :) It wasn't too packed actually, it was nice, and I had a prime step seat!
When I went to see Owen in Manchester he actually asked everyone to sit down, and it was much better - we could all actually see him and hear him, and it felt much more intimate. But sitting down to watch a band you could dance to is unexcusable. You should be dancing.
got everyone to sit down at a solo gig of his and it was nice. Then Frank Turner tried to do the same but no one listened.
are we all on first name terms with him now? Is he like Kylie?
He is a bit like Kylie, yes.
also people take up more room when they sit down and it was a pretty small room.
But i was TRYING to be disrespectful.
if it's a really long gig and keeps dragging on I guess people need to sit down. You get to that achy leg stage...but generally it is a little disrespectful. However, you've paid to see the gig, it's your choice if you want to sit or stand. I don't think you should be ostracised for it.
at a Low gig in Birmingham. It was lovely. They asked us to, I think.
It's annoying when some people sit down and everyone else is standing up though.
I did it for Slipknot :)
there was no choice. At festivals outdoors and smaller gigs, that is stupid really.
then fair enough
When I saw Adem once he had to ask everyone to stand up.
as a bit up himself.
very good targets for cigarettes/cups of water/spit.
as you seem to refer specifcally to last night at the Luminaire.
Because the stage is so low at the Lumi, it usually means that if you are a bit further away you can't see bugger all. Last night the first 4 or 5 rows were sitting down, and the rest of the crowd were standing, but because the place was not more than maybe half full, it meant that almost every one got a fairly decent view. That wouldn't have been the case if everyone was up on their feet.
It also meant that the performer(s) could see a lot more faces than just the first row and on last night's evidence, that seemed to help the interaction between crowd and artist enormously.
When it's a sold out gig at the Lumi usually some member of staff asks everyone sitting down to get up, so that the people at the back can shuffle closer to the stage.
in was in a small boat on the Seine.
The band was in the middle of the boat and the 50 people sat around them.
It was magical.
It can only works when the gig is really intimate.
'oh musicianly wondergod i must stand in your presence' - it's not neccessary.
if you're watching a band who aren't a dancing/moving kind of band why not sit down?
it's only bad if you're stopping people at the back from moving forward by hogging all the floor space.
Maz, the promoter, told them to stand up with a teacherly gesture of the hand - they stood up.
I always try to tread on them and spill as much beer over them as possible.
she is very teacherly.
I'm going to one of gigs tonight - Mills And Boon and Johnny Foreigner.
I love Mills and Boon.
I'm not sure I actually find it disrepsectful as a little too reverent towards the band to be sat at their feet looking up at them. It's like your in a primary school lesson or something.
It is damn annoying though.
if the band's really twee, or if it's devastatingly hot and it's a crap support band.
Or if it's at the Port Mahon.
travis supporting beth orton (this was a long time ago), they sat at the front when she was on. she growled at them and made them stand up. YEAH!
i sat on the floor at the enterprise recently. SO WHAT!!!!
at the last gig I was at because my friend (who has a colostomy bag) was feeling really cramped and ill and the only way she was gonna get air was by sitting down with some water.
It is quite annoying normally. Just getting in the way.
as well so everyone could see the projector. It was amazing and it definitely improved the atmosphere.