Concert audiences have forgotten how to behave during concerts, several artists said this summer. The audience was accused of, among other things, disrespectful mobile phone habits and throwing hard objects onto the stage.
Now the international debate has gained new momentum in the UK after artist Lucy May Walker shared a post on X, formerly Twitter, which she also distributed during her tour. There are a series of rules you want the audience to follow – such as “Don’t talk during the concert” and “Read the room”:
“If you’re the only one singing, try not to make your voice so loud or fake that it distracts the people around you.”
A storm of criticism
The post went viral and was heavily criticized. To Good Morning Britain, Happy Mondays singer Rowetta commented on the post:
-Having a series of rules for a party that people pay for is really terrible. You should be a teacher or a prison guard instead.
One attendee points out that there are times when the rules cannot be followed, such as when sick – while a third thinks the requirements have been messed up:
“You’re crazy if you think I’m paying for a party where I’m treated like a little kid.”
Many people on social media are supporting Lucy-May Walker, who is defending the post by saying the rules were designed after her tour, which takes place in front of a small audience.
Swedish artist Bill believes Lucy May Walker has a “good point” about rules.
-But it’s a bit difficult to have a list of rules. It’s as if you agree to something to be able to go to this party, she tells SVT Kulturnyheterna.
– It must be clear and not in the artist’s hand. You won’t see me handing out flyers about how my audience should behave.
Bell has been playing extensively since this breakthrough, and feels the atmosphere on stage is difficult. During every concert people throw things on stage, listen to her tell more in the clip above.
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