The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the entire world to shift to survival mode, keeping everyone indoors and shutting down schools, small businesses, and even the music scene.
While some aspects of the pre-pandemic life have sort of come back, live music is one of the things that has been out of our lives for a while now.
Four concertgoers tell My Pope Philippines what they miss about attending live events.
Pre-pandemic Concerts: Seeing Favorite Artists Perform Live
For Eliz, what she yearns for the most was feeling the excitement while her favorite artists perform on stage.
“Concerts were my happy place. What I miss the most about going to concerts is the rush you feel when you finally get to see your fave artist on stage and her your fave songs live,” Eliz says.
She adds that she also misses being surrounded by fellow fans who love music as much as she does. (Read: 3 Online Concerts to Look Forward This Month of July)
“Lahat nandun to sing their hearts out and jump or dance around. After ng concert, sobrang sakit ng katawan and wala nang boses pero worth it naman kasi that’s how you’d know that you had fun.”
Once the pandemic is over, Eliz hopes to see Lorde and Seventeen up close.
Pre-pandemic Concerts: Fandom Friends
Aside from seeing foreign artists who rarely visit the Philippines perform live, Arvee shares she also misses her friends whom she met within their K-pop fandom.
Arvee would meet them hours before the concert to catch up and share their kilig moments. (Read: 8 Words You Should Know if You’re a True K-Pop Fan)
“Sometimes we give each other little tokens or fan-made stuff like photocards or stickers. Some fans also randomly give away stuff before the concert,” Arvee says.
“Nakakapagod lang mag-ikot sa labas ng venue para kitain yung mga may pa give-away pero pag-uwi mo, ang saya-saya mo talaga.”
Pre-pandemic Concerts: Crowd’s Energy
Nikki longs for crowd energy and emotion that often run high during concerts.
“The lights, the music, yung sigawan at energy ng artist at ng mga tao sa mosh pit, yung shared experience ng mga taong di mo kilala pero same na fans ng band is so surreal,” she shares.
Fortunately, before the lockdown, Nikki was able to see The Maine, one of her favorite bands, perform live.
Pre-pandemic Concerts: Meeting Random People
The thing with concerts is that they also bring strangers closer to each other.
“Pinaka-miss ko in attending concerts is the idea of being able to meet random people [whom] I get to share something that I’m passionate about. Hindi namin kailangan kilalanin [nang] todo yung isa’t isa kasi how we talk about our shared fave artist already tells about each other,” Shaira says. (Read: Dear Young People: Pope’s Message to the Youth)
While large crowd gatherings are still banned in the Philippines, Shaira looks forward to the day where she can physically attend the concerts of Avril Lavigne and Billie Eilish.
“It’s so sad to think na medyo malayo pa maging normal ulit but I’m patiently waiting because they’re absolutely worth it.”