Top 5: Stereotypes of Fans You See at Concerts
I've been to more shows than I can count on my fingers and toes. As I'm sure you have, too! Each show is unique in its own right - new venue, different town, evolving lineup. However, something that seems to remain the same through the ages are the fan-stereotypes that come out of the wood works, at every single one.
Of course, there are people that are there to genuinely enjoy a show. We applaud you. And we'll get to that later. Right now, we want to discuss the top 5 fan-stereotypes that you can spot quicker than Where's Waldo. Hint - if you hang around long enough, they'll be congregated around the same time at the merch booth after the show.
Lingerers are the fans that... well, linger. They want their presence to be known, but don't want to be invasive of an artist's space. They typically introduce themselves, then hang out within a 25-foot perimeter around the artist, hoping for another fan-artist interaction. And they'll be there as long as it takes.
Clingers cling to a musician like a moth to a flame. They want to be the white on their rice. Not getting a clear picture? They seek attention by way of gluing themselves to an artist's hip. It seems these fans want to be a part of something they feel is bigger than themselves. Don't we all?
But, it's not very becoming.
These are the fans that want to be the artist. They're "aspiring musicians" or songwriters that seek advice from their favorite musicians. It's a very cool thing to meet your inspirations face-to-face. However, there is a line. Try not to be pushy with your music, shove your EP in their arms and request to open the next show... You have to earn that!
These are the fans that go to shows to socialize. They may or may not actually like whoever is on the bill, but they definitely know who is attending the show. Let's just say their top priority is probably not listening to the music. Beware: of socialites at an intimate-acoustic show.
They do still exist! Music-goers legitimately love the music, own almost every piece of merch, and actually save up part of their income to buy an album on release day. More importantly, they aren't about handouts, and still pay their way into a show just to support the artist! I tip my hat to you.
No matter what type of fan you are, I think I can speak for Radio Texas, LIVE! and all of the artists when I say thank you for supporting live music. Without you, none of this would be possible.