Gig etiquette: What to do - and not to do - at Justin Bieber, Adele or 21 Pilots shows
OPINION: One thing I love about music is being able to see your favourite artists live. The energy of the performer and the crowd bouncing off them is an experience like no other.
I recently went to see Ellie Goulding perform live, and it became apparent how many people there had never been to a concert before.
"Put your hands in the air if you were born before 1997," yelled Ellie. I was the only one within a ten metre radius that raised my old, decrepit hand.
Given that Adele has just had to explain good gig behaviour to an errant security guard in Melbourne, it seems only fitting to impart some of my worldly concert wisdom for those first-timers to make sure her Auckland gigs go more smoothly.
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Put your phones away!
I don't object at all to taking a few videos and cheeky snapchats. But if you are watching the whole concert through your phone, what's the point?
It would surely just be cheaper to see the highlights on Facebook or Instagram.
Now I know the feeling of wanting to show everyone that you are there, but keep in mind you have probably been reminding them every day since you bought the tickets.
In my opinion, you might as well just burn $100 bills instead.
Get your photos and put your phone away, because your blinding backlight is ruining it for everyone else.
In the wise words of Macklemore: "Don't push, this is not a rock concert!"
I have attended enough "O Week" shows to know how rough it can get in a mosh pit. People push people, those people push back and before you know it there is a small riot brewing.
Now this doesn't apply to every genre of concert. I can't imagine anybody getting riled up at Andre Rieu. However when the crowd is young and plied with alcohol, it can get a bit messy.
So if that drunk girl next to you pushes you as she stumbles over, feel free to give her the evil eye ... but don't push back.
Watch out for the shorties
This rule only really applies to the tall people out there AKA the lucky ones.
One of the many benefits of being tall is being able to enjoy the concert from any location of the mosh pit. However tall people are a short person's worst nightmare.
Us five-foot-nothings get thrown around and stood on while we strive to see over the heads of everybody else.
If you are a human giraffe blocking the view of the shorties behind you please be considerate and let us in front, we really appreciate it. You still have your view, and now we get to enjoy it too. Win win.
Dance like people ARE watching
I am a big fan of dancing like no one is watching but at a concert this needs to be done within reason.
If you are going to a concert, you want to be able to dance along but you also need to consider the space you are in. A mosh-pit is a tight unit where you give up all sense of personal space, so don't be that guy who splits a mosh-pit like the parting of the Red Sea.
As much as you might want to break out all your sick moves, keep it to a gentle bop and no one gets hurt.
Have fun but not too much fun
Understandably, if you are out for a good night, you might want to accompany it with a few beverages.
Especially if you are anything like my sister and have pawned the kids off on the grandparents for the night.
But possibly the only thing worse than watching the concert through your phone, is not watching it at all because you have had too much to drink.
Have a couple of drinks, enjoy the night, remember it tomorrow. No brainer!
If you remember nothing else, remember respect. The old adage treat others like you would like to be treated never goes a miss.
A version of this story was first published before Justin Bieber's Auckland concert.