Last night I was at New Politics’ first US headliner, a band I discovered because when I drove up to BFD (Live 105’s summer festival) last year, I woke up early in the morning and hauled my ass to the venue in time to make sure I could see as many acts as possible. New Politics were the very first band to play and it was the best set all day.
Outside the venue last night, about 10 minutes before the first band was supposed to go on, these two girls asked me if I knew anywhere to eat in the area, complaining that New Politics didn’t go on until 10 and they were trying to kill time. Why didn’t they just go inside and watch the other bands to “kill time” beforehand?
I’ll never understand people that buy a ticket to a concert and then only show up in time for the headliner. That’s like going to a restaurant and paying full for one of those fancy prix fixe meals, but then requesting that they only bring you the main course and skip everything else. Nobody would ever do that. Sometimes the appetizers and sides are the best part. So why do people pay full price for a complete set of bands, but then decide they only want to see one? I’ve been to tons of shows and I’ve never missed an opener except when I wasn’t paying for my ticket and it was absolutely impossible to get to the show early enough.
Support live music and get your money’s worth. It’s win-win for everyone.