Photo (c) Nicky Kelvin Photography
I board the plane to London, my body and mind tired of all the work I had to do but yet I am still excited about what is coming. I look around me and I see all these people and I wonder what they are going to do in the UK. Some are going home. Perhaps others are visiting friends or maybe they are just going on a holiday. I am partly going to the UK to meet up with friends and have a great time. The other part? I am going to a gig of an artist I have already seen many times.
I often have people ask my why in the world I would do such a thing. If you’ve seen a show once, you don’t have to see it twice, do you now? And that is very true for artists you like, but are not really invested in. It is different when you have grown up with your favourite artist and are still not over their music. I have tried to explain this many times but to no avail. People feel that it is a waste of money to see the same show over and over.
But it is not. Every single show something else happens. Sometimes it will be new songs that weren’t played on the dates you’ve attended before. U2 for example change large parts of the setlist for every single date. Sometimes the artist does something funny or you just want to experience it with a different audience or a different view. There are many factors involved in the reasons why people bother going to see the same artist and the same shows every single time.
I’m not even that extreme. I don’t go to every single show because I am afraid to get bored. I don’t even have time for that either, because real life gets in the way. And I go to the gigs I can drive to within 3 hours or gigs that are in a country I love, such as England. And time and time again I enjoy walking into the venue, seeing the stage and talking to others who are just as excited as I am. Perhaps it is some sort of escapism. For those two hours, I don’t bother thinking about the issues I left at home. I don’t worry about deadlines or tests that I still have to check. It is just me and the music. Me and the artist on stage. Me and an audience of like-minded people who also left their problems at home.
And with large productions, there is always something new to discover. I have seen Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour a couple of times from different spots, and there were always new things I discovered while watching it. And sometimes you don’t pay attention to the show but you just want to dance the night away. That is why I strongly dislike people near me who just stand still and watch the show through their camera lens or not even that at all. I have also had the questionable pleasure to stand behind people who looked like they didn’t even want to be there. But I have learned not to let them ruin my night, despite their evil looks when I am doing my white girl dancing (read: flailing my arms around a lot).
Music is a beautiful thing. It allows you to get lost in other worlds and clear your mind. Music helps you create things or helps you work. To experience that live is a real treat. I do not spend my money on going out every weekend to get drunk. I see that as a waste of money and besides, if you do that every week, doesn’t it get boring? I’d rather spend my money on a nice concert, even though I have already seen the artist a million times. To each their own.
The concert was amazing, despite the fact that I have seen the artist many times now. I danced. I laughed, I had the best time ever. And I can’t wait to do it all again.