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OK it's time for me to be honest. Gigs are a waste of time and money, both playing them and attending them. Especially big international acts that expect you to pay a nigh-on three figure sum for 90 minutes worth of dubious entertainment. In fact, gigs should be banned.

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I agree, with the exception of Jens Lekman.

Most gigs are middling, which means they weren't worth the time and effort to go to.

Good gigs that you expected to be great are shit because they failed to live up to expectation.

So yes, any gig that isn't Jens Lekman or Joanna Newsom can fuck off.

Yo La Tengo saved us all a lot of trouble really.
 

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Generally, I find most are ruined by the people around me.
I still go though (not as much as I use to) and I still find it worth my time and money.
I have only been to the o2 once and I'll never go again.
Small inside gigs only.
 

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I agree, with the exception of Jens Lekman.

Most gigs are middling, which means they weren't worth the time and effort to go to.

Good gigs that you expected to be great are shit because they failed to live up to expectation.

So yes, any gig that isn't Jens Lekman or Joanna Newsom can fuck off.

Yo La Tengo saved us all a lot of trouble really.
I should add that gigs comprise about 98% of my social life
 

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Generally, I find most are ruined by the people around me.
I still go though (not as much as I use to) and I still find it worth my time and money.
I have only been to the o2 once and I'll never go again.
Small inside gigs only.
Same as this. In general I love them but I am easily driven to distraction by the slightest bit of whispering around me and it's pretty much impossible to go to a gig without having to endure far more intolerable behaviour than just whispering. I think venues should be compelled to provide special sealed booths with an excellent view and excellent sound for people who suffer from misanthropy.

I don't go to as many as I used to because I don't want to aggravate my tinnitus on bands I suspect won't be amazing and because I really only want to go and see bands I think might be amazing. If I get there and they're only good then I'm still happy enough.
 

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OK it's time for me to be honest. Gigs are a waste of time and money, both playing them and attending them. Especially big international acts that expect you to pay a nigh-on three figure sum for 90 minutes worth of dubious entertainment. In fact, gigs should be banned.

Agree/disagree?
Gigs are like rides.

If you don't like playing gigs in your band it's probably because you are in the wrong band. It's like riding in a way (isn't everything). Your first few gigs, like rides, are usually awkward affairs that you have vague memories of. They're exciting but ultimately a bit nerve wracking. Then you get a bit better at it and enjoy it more remember more and loosen up more. Maybe your band breaks up and you form a new band and the first gig and it's a bit odd but generally you're a bit more confident. Maybe the other people in the band are a bit more experienced than you and you feel a bit intimidated but as you go on you gel together and if everyone is happy, sure then grand. If not then you just have the wrong sexual/band partners. Maybe you're playing the wrong type of music altogether or sexually ; perhaps you are gay. If you're not enjoying it then do something, sort it out.

And then there are singer song writers who are basically just having a lonely wank in front of a room full of people because no one likes them enough to let their genitals anywhere near them or because they don't like themselves enough to put their genetalia near people or because they fucking love themselves and just love seeing people oggle them while they bash the knob of themselves or flick the bean of themselves which ever you prefer delete as applicable. Either way watching a singer songwriter is basically watching someone while they self congratulate / self flagilate.

Some people fuck to further their careers, maybe they enjoy it maybe they don't some people fuck for money, some people just like fucking.

Then there's the act of going to a gig. If a gig is good it's like being at a deadly orgy and everyone is getting what they want. Afterwards there's a communal spoon and hug session. You feel invigorated and a little tired

Maybe everyone except you is getting what they want, perhaps you're at the wrong orgy.

Bad gig, you get the picture

And then there's the massive public spectacle. This is the equivalent of watching porn or hiring a prostitute. You pay you stand or sit and you watch as professionals do what they have to to get you off. Nothing more nothing less. You are present but you are not important. You are a living.

You gaze at the glazed over look in their eye as they run through the motions for the 5 millionth time. You can nearly hear themselves saying "It's a living" as they pump it out trying to pull a face that resembles what a human face looks like when it's enjoying itself, but it's not even close, it's a faded facsimile, some impersonation of a distant memory of a facial expression. Muscles contorted, vaguely distant and repressed.
"5 more shows 5 more costumers and then I can go home and see my kids. But hey the moneys good"

And why wouldn't it be at these prices ? But you can't go on forever. You don't want to end up like the cautionary tales. The Bob Dylans and the Neil Youngs still working the same corners because they don't know what else to do. And there's always some young buck trying to make it in the work a day world of sticky floors and sweating punters.

Of course when your young every gig is good, you're just glad to be there. In your adult years you can separate the wheat from the chaff, and then sadly as you age you're just gald to occasionally play beatles covers in the bathroom to yourself and sneak away from the kids to see the fucking Eagles in an amphiatheatre for €150 and oooooh I love it when you stroke it that way Don....aaaaaahhhh well worth it. I won't tell anyone younger than me about this because I'll feel ashamed and old .Now back to the drudgery of normal life for another year.



P.S I'm sure Joanna Newsome is a shit handjob off a parapalegic using her prosthetic who won't stop telling you about her boyfriend in a high pitched whine which resembles that sound they use to keep teenagers from loitering shopping centres in the freezing cold behind a skip full of rotting Tescos horse lasagne

And as for Animal Collective analingus and french kissing.
 

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the best thing about going to rammstein was that they turned a hose (and a giant pink ride on dildo spewing out foam) on the audience which mean people had to put their fucking smartphones away for a while.
didn't stop the guy in front of us filming about 90% of the gig.
 

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the best thing about going to rammstein was that they turned a hose (and a giant pink ride on dildo spewing out foam) on the audience which mean people had to put their fucking smartphones away for a while.
didn't stop the guy in front of us filming about 90% of the gig.
If you're using your phone at an orgy you are probably missing the point of an orgy.
 

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Generally, I find most are ruined by the people around me.
I still go though (not as much as I use to) and I still find it worth my time and money.
I have only been to the o2 once and I'll never go again.
Small inside gigs only.
i was talking to a person at a gig in Dundalk. this would have been a rare occasion when they went to a gig outside dublin but it was a band only headline gig on that tour as they were supporting someone else and he liked the band.

what the person was saying that in contrast the audience in dundalk were more respectful and quieter during the gig than ones in dublin, even for the support act.

I would also get the same feeling.

i still go to gigs but then again if i didn't, i'd probably never leave the house.
 

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Gigs are like rides.

If you don't like playing gigs in your band it's probably because you are in the wrong band. It's like riding in a way (isn't everything). Your first few gigs, like rides, are usually awkward affairs that you have vague memories of. They're exciting but ultimately a bit nerve wracking. Then you get a bit better at it and enjoy it more remember more and loosen up more. Maybe your band breaks up and you form a new band and the first gig and it's a bit odd but generally you're a bit more confident. Maybe the other people in the band are a bit more experienced than you and you feel a bit intimidated but as you go on you gel together and if everyone is happy, sure then grand. If not then you just have the wrong sexual/band partners. Maybe you're playing the wrong type of music altogether or sexually ; perhaps you are gay. If you're not enjoying it then do something, sort it out.

And then there are singer song writers who are basically just having a lonely wank in front of a room full of people because no one likes them enough to let their genitals anywhere near them or because they don't like themselves enough to put their genetalia near people or because they fucking love themselves and just love seeing people oggle them while they bash the knob of themselves or flick the bean of themselves which ever you prefer delete as applicable. Either way watching a singer songwriter is basically watching someone while they self congratulate / self flagilate.

Some people fuck to further their careers, maybe they enjoy it maybe they don't some people fuck for money, some people just like fucking.

Then there's the act of going to a gig. If a gig is good it's like being at a deadly orgy and everyone is getting what they want. Afterwards there's a communal spoon and hug session. You feel invigorated and a little tired

Maybe everyone except you is getting what they want, perhaps you're at the wrong orgy.

Bad gig, you get the picture

And then there's the massive public spectacle. This is the equivalent of watching porn or hiring a prostitute. You pay you stand or sit and you watch as professionals do what they have to to get you off. Nothing more nothing less. You are present but you are not important. You are a living.

You gaze at the glazed over look in their eye as they run through the motions for the 5 millionth time. You can nearly hear themselves saying "It's a living" as they pump it out trying to pull a face that resembles what a human face looks like when it's enjoying itself, but it's not even close, it's a faded facsimile, some impersonation of a distant memory of a facial expression. Muscles contorted, vaguely distant and repressed.
"5 more shows 5 more costumers and then I can go home and see my kids. But hey the moneys good"

And why wouldn't it be at these prices ? But you can't go on forever. You don't want to end up like the cautionary tales. The Bob Dylans and the Neil Youngs still working the same corners because they don't know what else to do. And there's always some young buck trying to make it in the work a day world of sticky floors and sweating punters.

Of course when your young every gig is good, you're just glad to be there. In your adult years you can separate the wheat from the chaff, and then sadly as you age you're just gald to occasionally play beatles covers in the bathroom to yourself and sneak away from the kids to see the fucking Eagles in an amphiatheatre for €150 and oooooh I love it when you stroke it that way Don....aaaaaahhhh well worth it. I won't tell anyone younger than me about this because I'll feel ashamed and old .Now back to the drudgery of normal life for another year.



P.S I'm sure Joanna Newsome is a shit handjob off a parapalegic using her prosthetic who won't stop telling you about her boyfriend in a high pitched whine which resembles that sound they use to keep teenagers from loitering shopping centres in the freezing cold behind a skip full of rotting Tescos horse lasagne

And as for Animal Collective analingus and french kissing.
you're clearly riding the wrong people
 

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OK it's time for me to be honest. Gigs are a waste of time and money, both playing them and attending them. Especially big international acts that expect you to pay a nigh-on three figure sum for 90 minutes worth of dubious entertainment. In fact, gigs should be banned.

Agree/disagree?
Why is playing gigs a waste of time?
 

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Just not feeling it much anymore. Supporting bigger acts is nice but most people just want you to shut the fuck up and let the main act come out. Smaller gigs I'm playing to the same 30 Dublin people who are also in bands that I've always played to. I have enjoyed playing gigs but I don't generally enjoy them anymore. It's different buzz when I play in another town or city though. Gigs in Belfast and L'Kenny were some of the highlights of my dismal 2012.
 

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