Support the support act!
by Hayley Foster from 'Pigtails and Army Boots'
As a huge music fan and regular gig-goer, something has been bothering me lately - the support acts.
I haven't been to any gigs abroad, but when it comes to support acts the British audience - as far as I can see - shows a shameful lack of enthusiasm. People just stand there not moving and the applause they deign to give, if any, is lukewarm.
Of course, the majority of people are there to see not the support act but the main headliner. But... if the shoe was on the other foot, and you were mainly there to see the support act, you'd feel quite upset that no one else was giving them the time of day. When I saw Joan Jett and the Blackhearts supporting Motorhead and Alice Cooper, I felt the unfriendliness of the crowd wasn't allowing me to get up and dance - I felt too uncomfortable because no-one around me was showing any appreciation for the support act whatsoever. And this was for someone as famous as Joan Jett!
I have a theory. If we don't know or rate the support act, we should either not turn until the headlining act we actually want to see is on (so anyone who values the supporting band can enjoy that part of the gig properly) or we should turn up early and do our best to actually show the support band some support!
It's worth bearing in mind... the supporting band has either been invited by the band you've come to see (and if your favourite band likes them, it's rude not to give them a chance) or they are on the same record label and the main band and need a bit of exposure. If you're a real fan of the band you've came to see, why not be happy they provided you with music to enjoy while they get ready to perform?
Let's stop mucking about!
Let's have a Support the Support Act Manifesto!
If you agree with this manifesto, please copy and paste it and put it into your myspace/face book/blog where people will see it.
Support the Support Act!
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