Skip to content

Music Venues Impact A Concert Experience Much More Than You Think

music venues
a music venue

My last experience with some music venues let me rethink my future concert adventures. Some venues really spoil everything and are not worth the money. For example, there are bands that will continue to book the Kia Forum, a venue I cannot stand… unless I can get a pit ticket and stand front row. The seated sections can become the worst concert experience and if this is true for any large concert arena, there’s something about the Forum that make things worse: it doesn’t have the aerial and modern style of the SoFi stadium, that is open to the outside, and it doesn’t have the acoustic wonder of the gorgeous Walt Disney Hall.

At a show, I have a simple rule: the more distractions inside the venue, the less satisfying the performance is going to be. It’s obvious that pizza or popcorn delivery at your seat should be banished. Large music venues can be a pain regarding the foot traffic during a concert, because the more people you are surrounded with, the more movement you are going to endure in 2 or 3 hours, that’s simply unavoidable. However, large venues are not all equal. For some reason, the audience at the Hollywood Bowl is always more tolerable than the restless crowd at the Rose Bowl, which was completely out of control when I went to see the Rolling Stones a few years ago. The reason may be very simple since the Hollywood Bowl is one of these rare music venues that authorize people to bring picnic baskets, so they don’t need to get out of their seats to buy food and drinks.

Besides the audience, which is a big part of the show, there’s also the general vibe of the venue, its beauty and style, and its design in general. Small or medium-sized music venues are often better at creating the right vibe because the crowd is in general closer to the stage, the show is more intimate, and most of them are beautiful vintage theatres. However, I have never liked the acoustic of the Wiltern for example, and I have always preferred the El Rey or the Fonda Theatres. The standing floor of the Palladium (which is not a theatre) is just too large and looks like a giant waiting room: when it gets packed, it gets hot and unbearable, and if you are short and not able to stand in the front rows, just forget about it. It not only kills the vibe but also any possible enjoyment of a show. The Shrine Expo Hall is even worst, a railroad station looks a million times better than this weird dumpster, and if the Shrine auditorium is much better, the pit is so deep that, when you are standing in it, the stage is at the level of your front head. I got neck pain the last time I was there.

The small dark DIY clubs are good for punk shows where acoustic doesn’t matter much but they do not work that well for other kinds of styles. They get very stuffy very fast, and, in general, I always prefer to attend an outdoor concert than one in a suffocating room.

I am well aware that it will be very difficult to see famous bands again since there is no chance some of them will ever book medium-sized venues again. I am talking about the Black Keys – they did a surprise show at the Troubadour this summer, but how could you get a ticket? – Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys, and all these bands that have upcoming shows at the Forum – I have a floor ticket for Arcade Fire over there, and we’ll see how it goes, but I have a really bad feeling about it.

When it comes to buying a ticket for a show, I have reached a point where I almost pay as much importance to the music venues as the performers themselves. And this makes me a bit sad.

Leave a Comment





Amazon_Smile_logo
LET-ME-HELP-LOGO

Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at smile.amazon.com

The Daisy Jopling Band To Perform “Who’s Who” At The Transfiguration Church In Tarrytown, NY Sunday May 12th, 2024 7 PM ET

By admin | May 9, 2024 |

The Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, New York Presents “Who’s Who”, original violin arrangements of iconic songs by The Who performed by the Daisy Jopling Band featuring the Sleepy Hollow High School Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, May 12th, 2024. Location: Transfiguration Church 268 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 United States Tickets are $25 and can be…

Cyborg Drummer/DJ DRMAGDN Headlining Montauk Music Fest

By admin | April 9, 2024 |

Major Label BMG Records Artist & Producer DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer / DJ will be making his Montauk Music Fest debut this year in May. DRMAGDN will be the Official Host & MC of The Montauk Music Fest plus play headlining sets on Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18 from 10pm-12am at Gurney’s Montauk Resort (290 Old…

RED CARPET EVENT @ Chelsea Table & Stage 4/12/24 Featuring THE AMERICAN RELICS & DRMAGDN

By admin | March 25, 2024 |

On Friday April 12th, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm ET  there will be a Red Carpet event pre-show sponsored by Tribeca Records at the trendy nightspot Chelsea Table and Stage located in the heart of Chelsea at 152 west 26th street (inside the Hilton Fashion Hotel) in NYC. The Red Carpet will be followed by…

Live Review: Composer Randy Edelman Live at Chelsea T&S “2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” 03/16/24 and Record Release in NYC

By admin | March 17, 2024 |

There was an infinite vitality of velvet green flowing deliciously through the air as Composer Randy Edelman presented his 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre at the trendy new nightspot Chelsea Table & Stage in the heart of NYC on March 16, 2024….. a vivacious close to the spirited Irish Parade. His music is the…

DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer/DJ Debuts @ Chelsea T&S With Retro 80’s Party & Red Carpet Event 4/12/24

By admin | February 29, 2024 |

BMG recording artist, producer and World renowned, Global Touring Electrifying Powerhouse, DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer and DJ will make his debut at the popular, trendy night spot Chelsea Table & Stage (located at 152 west 26th street inside the Hilton Hotel) on  Friday April 12, 2024 @ 9:00PM. DRMAGDN will be celebrating his high energy brand of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)…

Going Steady: New Singles 2-23-24- 2-29-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

dance pop, gooey confection

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 2-16-24 – 2-22-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

75K EAUs is abysmal

Our Friend Tony Orlando’s Farewell Tour

By admin | February 25, 2024 |

“I still hit the ball, I just can’t run the bases!!!”

Sneak Peaks: New Album releases 3-1-24 – 3-7-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

contenders for the best punk rock around

Child Bite, Lamb Of God, Pantera At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

A three hours of hard rock, metal not metal, swift, loud, egoless pure metal

Scroll To Top