Viral TikTok Shows What Is” Acceptable” Concert Etiquette At Taylor Swift Era’s Tour
I’ve been going to concerts since I was in middle school. From Van Halen to Bruce Springsteen, to Reba McEntire, to Michael Jackson, to George Winston, I’ve been there for everyone I’ve ever wanted to see. And as you can tell by that list, I enjoy all types of music. Along those same lines, with each genre of music comes a different genre of crowd and acceptable concert etiquette.
For example, at a Van Halen show in the mid to late 1980s, it was not surprising to see VERY scantily clad females and smell the odor of pot in the air. Also, there was major crowd alcohol consumption, yelling, profanity, and perhaps a fight or two (usually over the scantily clad females). Basically, for a teenage boy, a GREAT night.
Now, George Winston is a classical pianist. The list of acceptable concert etiquette listed above at a Van Halen show, just wouldn’t be looked upon with the same nonchalance. No, this is a white wine sipping, politely clapping kind of gathering.
I’ve also been to shows where I was with a date and the music affected us both on a really emotional level. I remember dancing in the aisles and sharing a memorable kiss with my prom date at a Springsteen show in the spring of 1988. I mean, it was on the “Tunnel of Love” Tour. What do you expect?
This leads me to a Taylor Swift show the other night. I’ve never been to any concert where I would have seen this as acceptable concert etiquette. While Taylor was performing “Ready For It” from her album, “Reputation,” a couple in the upper deck got carried away. I mean REALLY carried away. If you were to tell me peeps were “bumping and grinding” at a concert, I might have guessed a George Winston show before I’d guess Taylor Swift.
Are you kidding me with this? Am I just getting old? Have I just become that old man in the stands scoffing at “the kids?” Or, is this now acceptable concert etiquette and I need to shut up?