Excessive queuing: 5 days in line to see favorite band

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Followers decided to get as near their favorite acts as potential are ready to queue for days


For music followers who wish to get as near their favorite band as potential, there’s just one technique to do it: it’s a must to queue, nevertheless lengthy it takes.

However for these attending U2’s reveals in New Zealand and Australia, there’s been appreciable debate on queuing and learn how to go about it.


Some venues have requested followers to not begin queues days upfront, and solely to line up on the morning of the live performance.

However for a lot of who wish to get a great spot in entrance of the stage, turning up at 08:00 is taken into account far too late.

So how lengthy does the common fan have a tendency to attend to see their favorite band?

5 days within the freezing chilly on concrete

“The longest time I’ve queued for a live performance was 5 days. It was for the 1975,” Australian music fan Ruby Shepherd advised the BBC. “I have been a fan of the 1975 since they launched their first album in 2013.”

Ms Shepherd, together with one other group of followers, organised to separate the price of an Airbnb near the venue from Wednesday to the Friday so they might bathe, cost their gadgets, and do their make-up earlier than the live performance.

“I introduced 4 blankets, a pillow and a sleeping bag after which had to purchase extra blankets whereas we have been lining up because it was so chilly at evening. I additionally introduced video games to maintain us busy.”

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Ruby Shepherd (proper) waited 5 days to see the 1975 and says she would suggest it

“Actually, whereas I used to be mendacity there within the freezing chilly on the concrete, subsequent to a busy highway and tram cease, all I needed to do was go house – however I would not have modified it for the world.

“I met so many new mates who I nonetheless speak to day-after-day, and made so many reminiscences that I might suggest it to anybody who does not thoughts roughing it out for a few days.”

‘Queuing is a part of the enjoyable’

Like Ms Shepherd, Take That fan Gemma Clarke would additionally suggest queuing.

Ms Clarke has been to see Take That 25 instances in 2019 alone. One of many longest instances she queued to see the band was once they performed Hyde Park in London in 2016. She waited in line from Wednesday evening for a live performance that was on a Saturday.

“Queuing is a part of the enjoyable. Once they toured this yr, they did a whole lot of seated gigs so that you did not have to queue. However once you went to queue for stadium gigs, you realised you missed the build-up of queuing with your mates.

“Once you’re in a queue, you sort of know who you are going to see. Out of 100 or 200 individuals, you are going to know individuals inside that queue.”

She has even travelled to Milan to see the band with mates she has made in queues.

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Gemma Clarke (center) pictured with mates at a Take That present

She says Take That followers are very organised with regards to queuing.

“It is carried out by the followers, numbers and notebooks, and all of us quantity ourselves. It is then policed by the followers. You may go off for brief intervals of time however the thought is that you just’re there nearly all of the time.”

When queuing actually pays off

Harry Kantas has seen U2 carry out stay near 150 instances and has queued in a single day for a number of reveals. The longest time he spent in line, he mentioned, was near 24 hours in Hawaii.

“Queuing could be a enjoyable expertise in itself,” he advised the BBC. “Each time U2 play in Spain, for instance, the native followers will flip the queue space into a celebration, bringing meals, drinks and music and turning it into an pleasant expertise for everybody. In the event you ever determine to queue for a U2 present, do it in Spain!”

He says that on different events, members of the band or crew will come out to say howdy, or ship out pizza for everybody within the line.

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Mr Kantas’s queuing paid off when he was invited on stage with U2

Mr Kantas says he tends to queue for the smaller area reveals relatively than the stadium reveals. Standing in line paid off throughout an area present in Barcelona, the place he briefly grew to become the fifth member of U2, performing a tune on acoustic guitar with them.

A shake-up within the system

As extra individuals grow to be keen to spend longer instances in queues, some musicians have requested workers members to organise the road.

Within the US, Bruce Springsteen typically runs a lottery system the place followers flip up on the identical time and are given a quantity. A workers member then picks out a quantity and the individual with that quantity turns into the primary in line.

Chris Simmons was one fan who received fortunate within the lottery system. “I used to be the winner of the pit drawing in Charlotte, North Carolina on 19 April 2014 – an unimaginable expertise,” he mentioned.

“My quantity was 267. That evening they allowed 400 individuals into the pit. They drew my quantity so myself and the 399 individuals behind me have been those that received in. The system as it’s proper now’s about as honest a method as potential to permit each fan the identical probability to rise up shut.”

He added that seeing Bruce Springsteen was an “expertise in contrast to another and no two reveals are the identical”.

He provides: “His music is the soundtrack of my life.”

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