There’s nothing warmer, more intimate and intense than a living room concert. In the early days, let’s say 16th century, public concerts didn’t exist yet and music was performed in a nobleman’s home. It is only in the 19th century that the first music halls were officially built and open to the public. Nowadays we are being overwhelmed with large arenas and enormous stages.
Concerts for Mumphord and Sons, Justin Bieber, One Republic and artists alike are sold out in an instance. But why? If you go to one of these large arenas such as Sportpaleis, you are almost always bound to leave dissapointed. Tickets are expensive, there are too many people, tiny as I am, I always have to watch the big screen and if there aren’t any fireworks or big dance acts, you start to yawn after a couple of songs. Plus artists often don’t sing live!
People tend to bash on festivals’ high ticket prices, but there you can see all the BIG artists for almost the price of one concert ticket. Although festivals are something entirely different, it still gives me goose bumps when I hear 40 000 people chanting the same song…
When going to smaller venues like AB, Trix or Botanique, you don’t need any special effects or a big show to be fully entertained. These halls are so cosy, the sound is great and you feel closer to the artist.
For those of us who truly want to be indulged in the purity of music, I suggest they attend or organize a living room concert. I just attended my first one and I’m planning to organize one (of many?!) myself this summer.
The rules are simple:
1) Invite a band to play
2) Invite friends and maybe even friends of friends to come and join (invitation only!). Traditionally the number of attendees vary from a couple of dozen people to 200 eager listeners (depends on the size of your living room ofc). People can stand, sit on the floor.. It doesn’t have to be too well organized!
3) Make sure that the band can get everything installed. Most of the time these concerts are accoustic and the bands don’t need a big sound system, but make sure you’ve got a power supply that can feed the basics.
4) Warn your neighbors!
5) Apply the BYOB (bring your own booze) concept or sell drinks at reasonable prices. I love it when food is available as well. You can also raise money to support the artists or donate the earnings to a good cause, whatever you like.
6) Motivate others to do the same thing. It’s a great experience and you won’t regret it. Don’t worry about people trashing your house, just set some clear house rules and you’ll be fine!
So here’s to a summer filled with festivals, concerts and living room performances. Yes, life is music.