I've been to concerts of every kind — jazz, big band, trap, hardstyle, rock, and yes, even country. I've been to the best music festivals in the US, and the worst bar concerts imaginable. I'm a music fan, through and through. Over the years, I've realized that music might change, but people don't.
People are a constant in every music genre, and human nature is pretty stagnant over the years. Even though music genres and crowds may change, there are certain kinds of people you will see at every concert. Regardless of what kind of music you are into, you probably have seen these guys at the last major show you attended...am I right?
Regular fans go to concerts, and tend to be the bulk of the crowd. You can't really tell them apart from anyone else at the concert, primarily because most people attend concerts to see a band play or a DJ spin — and to have a good time.
They might be drinking a beer, chatting with friends, or just dancing to the music. They're the people you always see at every concert, unless the concert has no people. In most cases, Regular Fans are a band's bread and butter, they never cause trouble, and that's why they are so happy to see them all.
The Underage Kid
Yes, underaged kids who aren't supposed to be there are people you always see at every concert.
Unless you're at a Wiggles concert or a classical music show for kids, there will always be at least one attendee who is way too young to be there. They most often come armed with a phone, a fake ID, and clothing that they think will make them look more adult.
Sometimes the bouncers let them in. Other times, they sneak in or are "working for the band." Either way, most older concert attendees typically wonder where these kids' parents are and how they managed to sneak out at night.
Concerts and trainwrecks go hand-in-hand. They're a match made in Heaven. Or Hell. The people you will see at every concert in this category can be entertaining, scary, or just plain depressing — all depending on what they're actually doing.
You see, trainwrecks come in a variety of flavors.
They're the couple that clearly hate each other and are barely straining to smile during the concert. They're the girls who end up in tears, sobbing hysterically, with their fourth drink in hand. They're the guys who end up dosed out of their minds, arguing with a mailbox outside the club, asking it why they aren't allowed in.
All in all, they are a visible wreck in their own unique way. However, most of us have been there at least once, so none of us can judge. Right?
The Trouble Maker
Among other groups of people you will see at every concert, the Trouble Maker stands out as the one that is most likely to be 86'd by the time the night's over. Bands hate these guys, primarily because they are always there trying to pick a fight with other Trouble Makers or Trainwrecks.
At upscale music concerts, Trouble Makers are the guys who make rude remarks to the waitstaff and possibly even grope other women. At regular concert venues, they're the people who won't take no for an answer when people say they're not interested.
At some venues, Trouble Makers will actually start physical fights — or be the mean girls purposefully spilling drinks on other peoples' dresses. Overall, they're just not welcome people, primarily because they're not good people.
Groupies (And Legit Significant Others)
Whether we want to admit it or not, groupies and significant others are people you will see at every concert.
Some musicians and DJs I know have longterm girlfriends, boyfriends, and spouses. Those loving partners go to concerts to support the bandmate they're dating, and as such, often end up knowing everyone behind the scenes. Most people who are SOs to musicians end up being great people, and often will help set up, clean up, and improve concert turnout.
Groupies? Well, it all depends. Some groupies are genuinely nice people. Most, however, are there to just say they had sex with someone famous, and that's kind of gross. People like that tend to be fairly bad for overall concert ambiance, and generally, tend to be very rude to others in the music scene.
Overall, it's unavoidable. What more can we say?
The Super Fan
You know how cartoonists have joked about people claiming to be "their number one fan" in the past? It's a real thing, and there are people you will see at every concert who claim to be the biggest, most die-hard fan ever.
The cringe, my friends, is real. So is the obsession, actually. It can get scary, too. If you don't believe it, then take a look at the creepy amount of fandom Directioners have when they stalked all the guys from 1D.
Some concerts have really subtle superfans, like the ones who might cry during a particular performance at Cats and later ask for an autograph. These guys aren't too creepy. However, they are in the minority.
When you see people who are totally decked out in a particular band member's gear, or worse, threatening the girls dating bandmates, you're dealing with a seriously unstable Super Fan.
From what I've personally heard, kpop fans and visual kei fans are the worst when it comes to this. But, that doesn't mean that there aren't crazed fans in other movements, either. Crazy comes in all flavors.
The Guy Who Really Is Over This and Just Wants to Go Home
One of the people you will always see at concerts is the guy who really just does not want to be there. He was basically dragged to the venue by his friends, when he himself didn't actually want to go.
He may have just gone because he was told to go by someone he was interested in. He may have just gone because his roommate just gave him $20 and told him to go have some fun. Or, he may have just gone cause he bought tickets, had personal tragedy happen, and decided not to let those tickets go to waste.
You can tell this guy barely tolerates the music playing. He's bored. He's tired. He's whatever. In rare instances, he doesn't even tolerate the band that's been paid to play.
Why is he here? Who knows? But, at the end of the day, he shouldn't be there and everyone knows it.
Ever go to concerts where people pretend to be someone they're not? Of course you have. These are people you will see at every concert you go to — and the truth is that they are good for band revenues, but bad for the overall vibe of the crowd.
Posers come in many different kinds of flavors. Some are wannabe Instagram models who act like groupies, but have no idea who they're with. Others don't care about the music, but just care that they are in the right sub-genre scene according to Buzzfeed or Refinery29. More are just there to get laid.
Posers are posers, and frankly, there's not much you can do to fix them. They're vapid, but at times, those Instagram shots are all they have.
The Guys Working the Concert
Of course, the people you will see at every concert also includes the guys who make the concert possible. These people include security staff, the concert promoters, the people actually playing the music, the venue staff, bartenders, dancers, journalists, and whoever else is hired to make that concert an experience.
Be good to these guys! They're working hard to make sure you have a fun time, so at the very least, give them respect and credit where credit is due. Support local music, and music will be good to you.