Describe an event you experienced but you didn’t like the music played there.
You should say:
When it happened
Where the event took place
What kind of music it was
And explain why you didn’t like the music
I remember very clearly a time when I went to a live concert, a live gig, and really didn’t like the music. It was a few years ago and my friend had a spare ticket to go to a concert in a place in Beijing called Yugongyishan - at the time it was a famous live music venue, which I think has closed down now. Anyway, it was to see a band called The Subs. I had not heard of the band, but it was a local, and quite well-known, Beijing punk band, apparently. I’d never really heard punk music before, so I was curious about the experience, so I agreed to go along with my friend. The gig started around 9pm and went on really late. There were a couple of other bands that played beforehand, but we missed those and just got there in time for the main band, The Subs. I recall that the whole place had amazing lighting and there were crowds of people near the stage, and a few free tables about half way down the room, where it wasn’t so busy. We stood at one of the tables and ordered some drinks. The band came on, on time, with a girl with bright pink hair as the lead singer – she was short, dressed in ripped jeans and a pink top to match her wild pink hair. She basically shouted, screamed I’d say, down the microphone, and then the guitars and drums kicked in and the place went wild. Basically, it was two full hours of loud, aggressive guitar, pounding drums and this girl leaping around the stage screaming into the microphone. Although a lot of the crowd seemed to love it, including my friend, I simply didn’t enjoy it one little bit – I thought it was crazy. I just don’t like aggressive styles of music like heavy metal or punk, I guess. They don’t really resonate with me – so although I guess I can appreciate why some people are attracted to them, personally, I don’t see the appeal – I found the whole gig nothing but a torture to my ears. After the gig I was massively relieved to be out of the place and away from the piercing noise, the screaming and shouting and the grinding sound of the guitars. I felt that my ears had almost been damaged and they were ringing as I waited for the taxi. My friend tried to explain the rebellious history of punk music and the alternative scene in Beijing, and how cool it was. But, I guess I’m quite a conventional person really – I just didn’t get it – it’s just not my style and not the kind of night out that relaxes or stimulates me. In fact, I was relieved to go home. I’ll never go to a punk concert again, I’m sure of that! I like the lighter, positive, upbeat sound of pop music, the grace of classical music and things like this. I like to see those kind of things live, but not punk or heavy rock music. I’m now very sure of that.
1. Why do many young people like spending a lot of money for concerts?
Young people are often into fashion and music. They tend to follow trends of bands and fashions that go along with the kind of music they like. It’s common that young people get really passionate about music and sometimes the lead singers, guitarists or key musicians in a band are even role models for young people. I think young people like to express themselves a lot, and when they get to their teenage years they want to show their individual tastes, personalities and also share the same kind of tastes as some of their peers in the same social groups. It’s a time in life where they are becoming adults, in a way, but they don’t have the responsibilities that adults have, so they follow these kinds of expressive things, like popular music or perhaps alternative, more individualistic trends, and they get incredibly emotional about them sometimes. I think it’s a stage of development that can be quite beneficial in a way. So, the result of this is that they will certainly pay money to see their “heroes” on stage and perform live music in front of them.
2. Do you think young people and old people enjoy the same kind of music?
Not really no. Most of the time old people enjoy more traditional styles of music, and younger people like more upbeat, perhaps slightly rebellious types of music – or at least music which is faster, perhaps easier to dance to, be active to, or music that stimulates those kind of moods: the mood for dancing, being highly active and doing things quickly or even rashly. I think that this reflects the stage of development and the energy that young people have. Older people, having been through similar stages in their own youth, tend to get a bit more tired with that kind of thing, and want more relaxing and conventional lives. As a general rule, this is the case anyway. Although, I must say, there are some older people who do keep up with times, follow a lot of modern music, and have a genuine interest in different musical styles – those kinds of people are likely to share the musical interests of their kids and the younger generations in general. So, there are older people, too, who are music enthusiasts and do follow current musical trends, but not so many from my experience.
3. Do you think it is appropriate for old people to go to concerts?
Of course, I think older people can do what they like really. If they want to see a concert, whether it be a modern pop, rock or punk concert, or a classical concert, why shouldn’t they? It’s all a matter of taste really. If they feel like being in those kind of places then I think it’s fine. Naturally, I think most older people wouldn’t really choose to be in the thick crowds of young people in a heavy metal or punk concert, really. They’d usually prefer to see a traditional performance or a calmer, more classical performance in a theatre or so. But, for those older people that do enjoy modern concerts, I can’t see any reason why they shouldn’t go if that is what they’re into!