Let’s Talk about a little thing I’m going to call... CONCERT COURTESY!
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO TO THE FUTURE HEARTS TOUR OR ANY CONCERT IN THE FUTURE I RECOMMEND YOU READ, COMPREHEND, AND PASS THIS ON TO A FRIEND!
Last night (4/15/2015) I attended the first date of the Future Hearts Tour with All Time Low, Issues, Tonight Alive and State Champs. And I had my rib broken by another fan.
Now, I’ve been to a few concerts in my days and I know the rules of the road, whats to be expected, the dirty and sneaky ways people have to get to the front to see their favorite artists, but there comes a point where a line is drawn and you wanting to get to the front SOO BAD becomes unsafe to those around you.
Last night alone two girls in my one area had to be lifted over the barricade because they were seconds from passing out and no one would move to let them and their friends out because that would mean they may lose their spot. Which is honestly so beyond disrespectful its rediculous.
But the other thing I want to talk about - which some of you may have seen on twitter or whatever - but another girl broke her rib, THAT GIRL WAS ME.
Now, I’m a small person so being tossed around and knocked into at concerts is something I’ve accepted and adapted to, but never once before have I been injured at a show. I wasn’t crowd surfing, or in a mosh pit, or trying to get to the front. No. I was just standing, enjoying the concert trying my hardest not to bump into someone by accident. That was when four girls at least twice my size, two of them at least a foot taller then me, the other two not that much shorter from the glimpse I got, pushed by me.
And I’m not talking the casual bump and grind, I’m talking soccer mom on black friday SHOVING everyone out of the way, and I stumbled backwards, only to be shoved forward into the four girls who were trying to forcefully shove everyone out of the way. When I knocked into her - I don’t know if she thought I was trying to push her back or what but I was shoved, pushed and elbowed- HARD.
SO HARD TO THE POINT THAT MY RIB BROKE.
I instantly could not breathe. I damn nearly screamed and turned to try and find my friend who I had been separated from by the mob but I couldn’t scream because I couldn’t breathe. And the reason I was slightly collect instead of in a full on panic was because I had broken the very rib once before and I knew the pain, I knew what was wrong. And I knew I needed to get out of there before I passed out.
I found my friend with the help of someone who had known I was with her and she took one look at me before picking me up and running through the crowd trying to find and EMT, But know- my friend is a SHY human being. She doesn’t talk back, she never yells, she doesn’t even sing at concerts because she’s afraid shes bad and doesn’t want to bother other people so she just hums. And seeing me like that had he screaming. Thankfully everyone moved out of her way- probably just very confused as to why one girl was carrying another who was gasping for air and crying but still.
I JUST WANT TO SAY.. that basically the reason that I’m writing this is because I love ATL as much as the next girl- trust me, I DO. But if you honestly think that getting to the front for the last two songs of the entire concert is worth elbowing someone with enough force to break their rib cage, then I don’t think you deserve to be at the concert at all.
No one needs to be at the front that bad. No one needs their spot an inch closer at the hand off of refusing to let a girl who is going to pass out leave or to break another girls bone.
It’s just not fucking right.
SO ALL I WANNA SAY IS OPEN YOUR EYES AND BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER.
Stop fucking shoving people, if you want to get to the front that bad then show up early, if not- then make friends with who your standing with. You’re all their for the same reason. You all love the same bands. You all have that in common. It’s not worth risking the safety of others what so ever.
So if you are going to a concert in the near future, please do be courteous to those around you, and please dont break anyone’s ribs :)