Why you should never film a whole concert


Haley Havelock

Haley Havelock, Features Editor

I traveled five hours.

Spent over $700.

Fought my way to the very front of the crowd filled with over 7,000 people.

Had four people pass out because of the blistering heat and waited in that same heat for two hours to see one of my favorite artists, Billie Eilish.

Only to watch it through the screen of an iphone 5s of the person in front of me.

I tried to move over to the side and make up an excuse that I was about to throw up and they better let me over, but everywhere I go there were phones.

I am very short. So no matter where I went, I could not escape.

I will never ever ever get why people feel the need to film the whole concert on their phone. You spend so much money to go see them live, you should practice mindfulness while at a concert.
Take in the feeling of the vibration of all the voices singing their favorite songs. You should feel the energy of the artist. Take time to appreciate the performance, the lights and the background, not the retina display your phone has.

Not only is it disrespectful to the people behind you, but I doubt you’re actually going to go back and watch the video. No one actually cares that you saw the concert — the audio sucks and all you can hear is people screaming.

Take a couple of seconds of video, but I am so serious when I say: nobody cares.

I used to be one of those girls who would film the whole concert. I didn’t know how pleasant it was to not video tape the whole concert until my phone died at my second Twenty One Pilots concert.

I am so happy it did. I was able to be present in the moment and have so much more fun. I am sure the shorter girl behind me was happy that she could actually see.

I am guilty of filming my favorite song or two, but the whole concert? It is just excessive.

So please, I am begging you.

Do. Not. Film. A. Whole. Concert.