While I can let a number of habits slide when it comes to audience behavior, one that continuously drives me insane is when audience members talk during the event.
Sure, announcements about silencing phones is common but I can’t recall the last time I heard one that included a STFU component. If nothing else, imagine the pre-concert message you could create by incorporating some of the stories musicians and staff have about #talkfails. Nothing sells a message quite like humor and while annoying at the time, some of the stories could really sell the message.
Case in point, a recent post from Holly Mulcahy at Neo Classical about this issue where she shares one such anecdote that included a patron getting sucked into the crescendo trap where one of the more sensitive points fell on a sudden drop in volume: “…AND THEN SHE TOTALLY DIVORCED HIS STUPID ASS!”