Few weeks ago, I joined the Twenty One Pilots Emotional Roadshow (finally). And because of technical and priority issues, I couldn’t join the madness of the pit as I wanted to. But, at least, I learned something about myself.
In February, my friends got to go to their first Twenty One Pilots concert which fed me with a lot of jealousy. See, my scholar activity aren’t flexible enough for me to enjoy my fangirl life as I want to. That, and my priorities that are way too straight for my own good. However, I got the chance to witness the Emotional Roadshow in Brussels on Wednesday.
Although the show was everything it promised (a true emotional roadshow), I found myself envying the people in the pit. Truth is, if I had it my way, considering the band and the fandom (I said fandom instead of clique so that everyone can understand), I would’ve waited in the rain and the cold at 9 AM to be at least 3rd row, if not 2nd. That means testing my health, forgetting about any personal space and live like a hobo for 12 hours. I know, it sounds very extreme and extra, but it’s the right and only way to do it. Unless you want to be 1st row, for that you need to learn how to camp. Some concert enthusiast (sons and daughters of the seating area) will tell you that all of this is unnecessary. But the truth is, the experience in the pit and the one in the seating area isn’t the same.
How to survive ?
The whole pit experience is wild. Like I said, depending on the artist playing, you might need to get to the venue early. But you know, there’s plenty of ways to make the time fly. Usually what we do is that we get up early, make sure to eat properly before leaving. We take some stuff to seat on (a cardboard is perfect but garbage bag are good to). If there’s a bad weather, foil blankets aren’t expensive and very effective. I’m aware that right now, it doesn’t sound like it’s worth it. But there are silver linings! The cool thing about waiting in line is that, you can be 100% sure that you won’t be the only one doing it. Usually, there’s at least 50 other people that will be doing the same. And you know there’s at least one thing you guys have in common which is pretty decent taste in music. That creates conversation and relationships. Some people have become best of friends like that.
The results you get from all the waiting is to be a part of the show. Unlike people in the seating area, the artists actually see you. If you smile, you cry, you frown, they can tell and react to it. To take Twenty One Pilots as an example, to them, there’s pretty much no difference between the pit and the stage. They don’t just dive into it, Josh played the drums ON PEOPLE, Tyler rolled in hamster ball ON PEOPLE. And as a spectator in the seating area, all we did was witnessing the show as bystanders.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, here’s the different experience I had in the latest concerts I’ve been to.
See, there are perks in waiting in the heat and the cold for concerts. Don’t go watch a concert, DO ONE. Choose the right seats.