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Old 25.06.2009, 01:58
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So what do you all do then at concerts, being packed in with the crowd, what CAN you do?
Maybe people are just being polite, not wanting to step on someone's toes or slap someone on the head or kick in someone's side, what do I know ...

I don't go to concerts anymore, I just hate crowds and noisy hysterics.

To my experience I've never attended a noisy overcrowded by hysterical people concert...oh yes! there was this 1 time when I was 15 years old and the hardcore punk group of my school gave a concert...
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Old 25.06.2009, 13:54
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

im sometimes wondering about another thing: there are always some types of people at concerts i dont get! they cross their arms in front
their chest and stand there during the whole show like a mummy, dead?!
i have questioned myself so many times: where did you get the ticket from? if youd bought it, why? why did you make the effort to come here?
there is not a single cheer or applause coming out of them. it drives me nuts as those guys then spoil my show when i wanna have a dance or something. on top they buy tix that a die-hard-fan would have wanted, but its been sold out too quick..darn!

regarding OP: it depends, really! supergrass (ok, 80% the crowd was expats from uk, mostly) played the abart and everybody was like theyve been told "moving, just keep moving" and grinning faces everywhere, hell of a good time! whitest boy alive at the hive there was a massive dancing crowd! but i say from my experience, that 2 out of 5 gigs even though the band is known to rock a place, people rather stand around...im interested to see how muse will do and depeche mode.

mascotte: try karaoke from hell on tuesdays and see swiss folks unleashed!
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concerts, you say.

Swiss don't dance, period. They don't even dance birthday parties.
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I guess I'm old, too. I *always* wear earplugs at gigs, no matter how loud or soft they are or where I am in the room.

Normally I'm up front taking photos (which often means a head in a speaker...and that's usually during extreme metal gigs), but even if I'm in the back I wear my plugs.

Back when I was 18 or 19, Motorhead played a gig at an old theater in the town where I grew up - it ended up being in the Guinness book of world records as the unofficial loudest concert ever. The ceiling started to crumble and plaster was on everyone's shoulders. I stayed in the lobby of the theater, maybe lasted five or six songs and left - I could still hear it clear as day inside my car with the windows rolled up blocks away. I was deaf for a few days afterwards, all I could hear was ringing. I remember going to lectures at university and not hearing a thing.

My dad, who worked at an auto factory, brought me home earplugs after that, and I've worn them religiously ever since. I still have hearing trouble and can't make out what people say when there's loud backgruond noise.

Personally, I'm always grateful when the security guys have extra earplugs to hand out when I'm up front.
It's cumulative too. By the time you've done a weekend at the St Gallen festival, and then a couple of Live at Sunsets a few days later, and then Moon and Stars (or Montreux) a few days after that... it's a lot for the ol' ears to put up with.
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

Toronto concert-goers have the same reputation in Canada- many artists have commented on how they dislike Toronto crowds because they are so "tame". I never noticed it till an artist said it at a concert I was at. To be honest, if you want to dance at a show- just dance, who cares if everyone else is just standing around?

Earplugs are used to disperse sound from the bass. Apparently this gives a much cleaner sound,I dont use them, but I know many people who wont go back to going to shows without ear plugs.

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I was amazed at the recent Snow Patrol concert when the security guys at the front of the stage were handing out earplugs, and people were actually using them.. at a concert... Now, I appreciate Snow Patrol may not be everyone's thing but if you've paid to see them then surely earplugs is a bit much?
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This is so true. I have always been in the minority at any concert in the Hallenstadion (Jamiroquai, Police etc etc) due to my propensity to flings my limbs out spasmodically. The funniest thing is that people give you strange looks as if you are doing something abnormal (ok, perhaps that is a fair thing to do given my spectacular moves).

It's probably lack of confidence in many Zurchers who I feel do not tend to be extrovert, even when the occasion suits. I am not an exhibitionist in any way shape or form, I just like to dance when there is music. I am always amazed that a large number of people turn up to these events and just don't participate. Perhaps it is just that venue because it's mainstream. Perhaps it's because I lived in Manchester, London and Brighton and you know when you are in a concert. Then again, it could just be the alcohol.
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A) ".... propensity .... flings ... limbs...." almost sounds alarming here in Zurich ! Sure people give you strange looks, as your ways to them for sure are abnormal !
B) no, it is not a lack of confidence, it is a way of life.
C) a concert is a place where you listen and watch, but not participate --- well, at least here in Zurich --- and no it is not the alcohol on either side
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re been to a concert in Zürich the crowd is pretty lame. 80% of the people don't move ( and yes they've come to a DANCE concert!!!) Ok they clap and make an effort to move and sing along but nothing close to people having fun at concerts like in the rest of europe (especially south europe.. yes I come from south europe )
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"lame" by your standards possibly, but quite funny by CH-standards ! the 80% who do not move are the "standard". They suspect that "Mediterraneans" (a rather strange crowd ! ) are somehow "not to be assimilated" and slightly crazy
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re I'm probably going to sound a bit old here but it is scary how much permanent damage you can do to your hearing if you regularly expose it to the sound levels generated at a concert. I don't know but it might be a safety requirement to hand ear plugs out here and up to the individual to decide whether to protect their hearing or not. The father of a former work colleague was in a band from the mid 60s and also regularly attended rock concerts. He has partial hearing loss and mind-bending tinnitus now he is older.
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YES, Swiss doctors proved that people often being at loud concerts etc suffer problems for their ears. The organizers of such events know offer ear-plugs in order to avoid liability-claims being placed against them. In case of the "Obligatorische" (the shooting at shooting-range Swiss men have to get done each year during the years of having to do military service) people basically are allowed to do it without ear-plugs but I would not recommend it. Interesting is that you still hear everything whenever having the earplugs. If you love a particular kind of music and you nevertheless think it is a bit too loud, do not move back but sideways, as the loudspeakers are pointed in a particular direction. Quite often, a few meters to the left or right of a jazz-band, you hear and see everything, but it is quite nice.
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The Prince concert last years proves that oooohhh Switzerland knows how to dance
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