We all love going to gigs and meeting up with friends at them. We find it a good time to catch up with people and socialise. One recent and ever-increasing development is that now the music has become second to the conversation, it appears that you’ve paid to talk to (or rather, listen to, whether you want to or not) people – not watch and listen to the bands. Or that seems to be the way. Here at The 405, we will take a look at just how important and integral to the enjoyment of live music these discussions have become. Now, you get to the gig and obviously one of your group will be late and walk in halfway through the opening act. As soon as they walk through the door, you all either have to go for the big group hug, making sure you make lots of noise and turn your back on the band whilst doing so. Now as soon as your mates have come in, it is time to ask them how they have been AT THE TOP OF YOUR VOICE. Especially when the act on stage is a quiet one, pouring their hearts out (the perfect time to tell an inappropriate joke). It is also worth bearing in mind that no-one at all watches the support bands, they’re just background to your inane chatter. Although having said that, if punters standing near you are trying to concentrate on them and look annoyed at your incessant chatter –cheer them up by involving them in your conversation. They’ll love that. There’s also a drinking game to be played - if the person tells you to be quiet or puts their finger to their lips, you’ll end up with a shot. If they swear at you, you get two. Hours of fun and it still means you get to talk rather than watch these bands. You should be very proud if you actually get a ‘shhh’ noise, that wins the game. You should raise your voice so that it is level with the music, don’t walk closer to your mates to ask them something, just shout more. Make sure everyone, including the band, can hear you even if you’re standing at the back. As mentioned, the support acts are nothing, especially if the headline band has personally asked them to appear on the tour. As you’re such a big fan of the headliner, you will spend the other bands’ sets talking though how much you love the headline act. You’ll tell your mates how you’re hoping to hear some old songs from their first album released two years ago (it’s actually their third album, the debut was two years before that). You’ll ignore the collaboration going on onstage with your ‘favourite’ band to carry on with your self-indulgent ramblings. Only at the climax of the song, will you say: “hang on, is that so and so? OMG! This is amazing!!”. You’ll get your camera-phone straight out and record the last few notes to be uploaded on youtube that night. Like-minded individuals will then comment on it telling you how it was “t gr8st nite of me lyfe!”. If there are no collaborations or sign of the headliner, you should break off from conversations between songs to chant for them a little bit. I forgot to mention what kind of subjects you should cover while chatting when bands are playing – it has to be something nonsensical that no-one really cares about, but you’ll make sure that everyone in the venue hears about it. Every minute detail. Just remember how important you are and how people are there to hear about your life, not music. When your ‘favourite’ band finally comes on, remember this is your time to shine and make friends with the lead singer. Request the obscure b-side that proves just how much of a ‘real’ fan you are. The one you googled two minutes before the gig started. Talk over every song that wasn’t a single. New songs aren’t played to be heard, they’re there for you to tell everyone your weekend plans. But when the hit comes, make sure you sing that louder than anyone else and encourage all those people around you, who have been enjoying the sound of your voice so much for the past 3 hours, to do the same. You’re so proud that people will be talking about you and not the band on their journey home. It is almost like you are part of the band.