All Voices Matter: making a concert special


Prachurjya Shreya

In her weekly column, All Voices Matter, staff reporter Aviance Pritchett gives her take on social and cultural issues.

Aviance Pritchett, Opinion Editor

I went to my very first concert on Monday. It was the first stop of SuperM’s U.S. tour, so besides the fact that it was my first time at such an event, being able to see them live and therefore hear their new songs before everyone else did was an amazing experience. I failed to do the typical things you’d do at a concert, a K-pop one especially; I didn’t dress up nice–which I’m somewhat justified in doing since it was 33 degrees outside anyways–and I didn’t buy any merchandise, much less the new lightstick. I didn’t even know all of the songs that were being performed. In a way, I felt like this was a wrong start to my first concert until I realized that it didn’t really matter as long as I had fun. And I did.

The unwritten rules made for concerts are kind of unnecessary. Who cares if your face isn’t full of make-up or your outfit isn’t the best? Who cares if you don’t know all of the songs or can’t remember all of the lyrics? Who cares if you eat before or after the show? No one. You’re about to see one of your favorite artists perform–shouldn’t you care more about that than anything else? 

You shouldn’t be ashamed about whose concert you’re going to. Yeah, I was a little more than embarrassed about going to a K-pop concert of all places, but once I actually got into the arena, none of that mattered anymore. I was with my best friend, I saw my favorite member perform my favorite song, and I took tons of videos. It didn’t matter to me if people thought I was weird for going, because if they were to go to a country concert or something, I’m not going to judge. We all have our own tastes. A concert is all about the entertainment and fun memories to be had, not the fact that some people dislike whatever genre it is.

Make a concert special for you and only you. Don’t change your experience to satisfy everyone else when it’s your time to have fun. If you spend more time worrying about what everyone else is doing or what they may think of you, then you’re going to remember that more than you do of the concert. Wouldn’t you want the opposite of that?