Boom, boom, clap, boom, boom, clap, boom, boom, clap.
Letters and words, text on a screen. It’s got nothing on the real deal.
It takes real talent to turn those booms and claps into Queen’s eminently iconic We Will Rock You, and even then, would you rather hear it through your headphones or standing amongst a crowd of hundreds of thousands, feeling the bass reverberate up your feet, clapping and booming with the rest of them?
We thought so.
Here’s why we love music concerts, in the best letters and words we can muster.
A kind of magic
You stumble across a song, you find the beat catchy.
You listen to its lyrics, and they speak to your soul.
You play it on repeat, and never tire of it.
You tell all your friends, then play them the band’s entire works (that you’ve actually paid for because they are true artists and deserve it).
But nothing – absolutely nothing – will beat the experience of seeing your favourite band live. It’s a totally different experience with them right there in front of you where you can literally see them working up a sweat as they belt out your favourite tunes. Sometimes dancing, sometimes playing instruments, sometimes crowdsurfing, sometimes ad libbing, but always giving you more than you’d ever get from a digital recording.
Somebody to love
Back in the day, our grandparents used to have dancehalls to go to and meet people. Our parents actually had to go outside and catch up with their friends to ask them how they were doing. And let’s be honest, Tinder ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Stop giving yourself RSI from swiping left a thousand times a day and head to a concert.
These events are incredibly social. Thousands of people with similar tastes and styles can pack out a stadium. Rod Stewart is widely acknowledged as the star of the largest concert ever with his New Year’s Eve party on Copacabana Beach in 1994. He set the record with an elbow-knocking, foot-trampling 3.5 million attendees (that’s about 75% of New Zealand’s population). With that many awesome people there, meeting someone new is basically part of the deal.
So dance, sing and lose your voice with thousands of others – no one’s judging.
I want to break free
Concerts don’t just happen in any old outback village. They are almost exclusively held at some of the most desirable locations in the world (see Rod’s little get together on the beach above).
As such, you’re not just attending a life-changing music gig – you’re taking a holiday in a brand new and exciting city. Make a vacation of it and book in a fancy hotel, check out the local attractions and treat yourself to some time away from your balanced diet and exercise regimen. Go for the music, stay for the holiday.
These are the days of our lives
We all know that a great concert will put a smile on your face that won’t budge for a good few days. But now there’s the science to prove it as well.
Numerous studies have proven that spending your money on experiences rather than material items actually makes you happier. In a study aptly named ‘To do or to have? That is the question’ published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , Leaf Van Boven shows study participants are happier after spending on things to do, rather than just things. In the same study, he also shows people were more likely to look forward to an experience, rather than the idea of owning a material thing.
Still don’t believe us? Check out Virgin Money’s Super Stars and Super Stars 2 competition which ends 31 October 2014, where one lucky winner will get to choose between a trip of a lifetime to the NFL Super Bowl in 2015, a music gig in the city of their choice or the 2015 Grand Prix in Monaco.
Choose the music gig package and we will, we will rock you.