Social Distance Concerts

So, if you’ve been following my posts – you would have seen my last post, dubbed “No Concert Depression,” where I highlighted my feelings of discontent with not having concerts as one of my outlets. I heavily relied on those few hours to just get away and be in absolute bliss while watching an artist live out their dream on stage, listening to fans sing back lyrics they wrote and songs they recorded that have the ability to change lives.

If you’re in tune with the music scene at all, you would have seen that there was a socially distanced concert/festival in the UK recently. With separate pods, if you will, where each party gets their own separate space so that the concert could go on with health and safety concerns in place. If you’re asking me, this is THE best upgrade to concerts as I’ve known it. While I love being surrounded by people dancing around me at a show, claustrophobia is REAL. Most concerts I attend, I am surrounded by sweaty people, no personal space, and the potential for anything and everything to happen.

I’ve been to shows where people didn’t want to sift through the crowd or miss the show, that they just peed their pants right on the spot. That’s pretty nasty if you ask me. I’ve also been at shows where people want to try to throw elbows to get to the front row. Like hello, people wait for hours upon hours for that spot. If you think you’re getting past them, you have another thing coming. I’ve also attended a show where I was front row and got so drunk, it was way way way too hot for me to handle (granted the AC at the venue sucked) and I had to get pulled out. Twas a sad sad day.

The highlights for me when it comes to socially distanced concerts:

  1. You have your own space.
  2. You can sit down if you want; granted hopefully the people standing in front of you don’t block your view – but if its socially distanced, I hope that wouldn’t be the case.
  3. You have the freedom to dance as HARRRRD as you want – which is great for me. I hated being cramped in a crowd and not having the freedom to move around and dance like a crazy person.
  4. When you leave your spot, it won’t be going anywhere, and you can get right back to it with no shitty concertgoers trying to block your way.
  5. No crowd surfing! I believe most concert attendees enjoy this activity but I personally do not enjoy other people “surfing” over me while I’m trying to enjoy a show.

Now this probably isn’t going to be an overnight thing – a quick google search doesn’t pull up any results really regarding artists who are hosting a socially distanced concert (most of them are hosting drive-in concerts…woo!). Let’s just hope we can get back to fangirling (or fanboying, OR FANWHATEVERING – gender doesn’t matter. We inclusive here) soon. My heart has suffered greatly not getting to experience my favorite activity. I miss my friends, I miss getting to meet artists, bands, crews. I miss traveling, getting to see a new city, just for the shits n gigs of it.

For now, we mostly are not experiencing post concert depression, just a no concert depression mindset. But we are hopeful for the future of our concert experiences. Any updates, I will for sure be posting about it.

All the love,

Post Concert Depression


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No Concert Depression

Is anyone else really struggling not having a concert as an outlet to free your mind, boost your mood and energy? We are suffering through an unprecedented time which has reduced our social gatherings. It’s really put a damper on my motivation for listening and engaging in music related activities. I have little motivation to stay in tune with new music being released. I have little motivation to really dive into a new song or album; I loved getting deep in to the music then soon after seeing it live (or hopefully at least).

I’m also really missing my sense of community that was had at concerts. I recently visited my hometown to see friends & family and landing brought over a range of emotions because you don’t realize how much you take advantage of something until it’s gone (in that moment flying & being able to see friends and family unrestricted). Same goes for concerts.

When I moved to Colorado a few years ago, I severely took a dip in my concert going. I was more picky about what concerts I attended or spent money on. I only saw people I really truly wanted to see live. I didn’t fully take advantage of how much live shows boost my energy and mood. You never realize how much something means to you until it’s stripped away.

You never realize how much something means to you until it’s stripped away.

I am so hopeful for a future of crazy concerts again – although I’m not sure exactly what that’s going to look like. Until then, here’s to trying to enjoy a virtual show or hopefully attend some sort of “drive in concert.”




Artists You Probably Haven’t Heard of

There’s so much music out there, sometimes I feel like artists can go amiss. They stand out but aren’t getting buzz because maybe they don’t have a label, or radio stations aren’t giving them a chance, or whatever else may be the reason. But my ultimate focus is that I love to hype up those artists that you may not have on your radar. Artists that deserve some recognition.


Cal (from Timeflies)

You may know this fella if you were a follower of his band, Timeflies. But Cal recently has been dropping some solo music that is absolute FIYAH. He recently released his solo project called “The Identity Crisis,” a song titled “Dressed Up in White” that he wrote & sang to his now wife at their wedding. His latest release is called “Catch” and my goodness, you have to check it out. He made it really hard to search for him on music platforms (love you Cal!) so try looking him up by his song titles, lol. Definitely worth the listen.


Christian Burghardt

So I discovered Christian when I went and saw Phillip Phillips on tour years ago. He was absolutely amazing, & his songs were so catchy. Except, I never think he got the recognition that he deserved. I’m pretty sure he had issues with his label & seemed to go quiet the past couple of years, but he recently put out a few new songs, “Pineapple Rum” & “Throwback,” which are absolutely perfect for the summertime. They also have a more sultry vibe than his old songs (“Safe Place to Land” got some good traction) that I am absolutely here for. You HAVE TO add these songs to your summer playlist.


Misterwives

You may already know them, as they have a good following & are really hip in the festival scene, but I always like to shoutout Misterwives, because they just are feel good vibes. I’ve been keen on them since they released their first project “Reflections” which featured my favorite song of theirs, “Kings & Queens.” They’ve released some more recent music, an EP titled “Minibloom” with their next album releasing in July, titled “Superbloom.” Two of the members of the band had gotten married a couple years ago & recently decided to split, so I anticipate a lot of break up songs / songs relating to this break up. Hopefully some strong, independent hype up songs that encourage us that we can in fact, get over it! I’m excited for it, to say the least.


Coin

I’d say Coin got some major radio play for their single “Talk Too Much,” which is how I found out about them on a local Nashville radio station. But but but, their album, “How Will You Know If You Never Try” really got me hooked. They’ve got the quirky, alternative, hipster ish vibes. I’ve seen them a good amount live & they kill it every time. I even got to meet Ryan (on the right) the last time I saw them at Red Rocks (which was so dope, btw). They just released an album, “Dreamland,” which I still need to dive into but YOU SHOULD TOO!


Loote

Wowza. These two are something else. I saw them open for Camila Cabello when she was on tour in 2018. Little did I know, they seem to write songs for some big artists, Demi Lovato being in there. They have a song called “High Without Your Love” that I am sooo obsessed with it’s insane. They just released an EP titled, “heart eyes,” so give that a listen, I INSIST.


Spencer Sutherland

Guys. If you don’t know Spencer, I’m not sure we can be friends. He has the most amazing voice – his high notes KILL ME. He has appeared on UK’s X-Factor (THAT’S CRAY) & gone on tour with In Real Life. He has accomplished so much, but still think he deserves a lot more love than he gets credit for. It seems he recently-ish opened up about trying to fit a mold when it comes to this industry, trying to make his music sound like others, dress like others, etc. His latest music has really given us a different sound & he’s been upping his style game, giving me a mad 70’s vibe (photo does not reflect, just check out his instagram). But ultimately, listen to his music, PUH LEASE.


Shy Martin

Originally from Sweden, she came onto my radar by collabing on a song with Timeflies, titled “Raincoat.” Her voice gave such a magic to that song that it’s one of my favorites. Someone else did an acoustic cover of it, & it just didn’t sound the same because it wasn’t her voice on the track. She’s got loads of streams on Spotify, so I ain’t lying when I say, you gotta listen. Her latest release is a single titled “Nobody Likes Moving On.”


Public

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Public provides a fun-loving music vibe, also perfect for summertime. Ironic, as their latest single, “Honey in the Summer,” just dropped & is already on my playlist. Perfect for a day by the pool (or on the beach, if you wish). I came across them at a college show I went to years ago, and fell instantly in love. I’m almost guaranteed that you will too. They definitely are talented & you should love on them, will ya?


So there you have it, folks. I hope you have some new artists you can (& will) be listening to from here on out. If you’re not satisfied or need more, feel free to caruse my Spotify playlists to find more: here.