Friday Fun: 7 Most Annoying People At Concerts

Everyone knows a loser like those listed here. If not, you're probably one of them.

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Live music is one of life's greatest joys.

It's how music was intended to be experienced. When a band nails a live performance, with the bass rustling through you and the bright lights leaving you dazzled, it can be a life-changing event.

But that's not how it always plays out. No matter how good the music is, some members of the audience sadly have the power to drag things down for others.

Sometimes they're not a bad person, and sometimes they're actively looking to be a douche. Either way, here's our rundown of the most annoying people at concerts.

Smartphone owners

Most people seem to be rocking a smartphone these days. That's fine, but seriously: if you think it's more fun to watch the band on your tiny phone screen than on the stage, you should some money by just watching the footage on YouTube at home. And besides, has anyone actually watched this footage back afterwards?

It's nearly as bad to be checking Twitter during the whole show. It's a shame, because the song playing out in front of you will never be quite the same again. Wake up, bro.

The person who sings EVERY song

Okay dude, we get it: you're a superfan. You know every lyric. Great. We'd rather you went to the front with the other superfans where it's okay to sing together. Back here by the bar, it's not so cool.

The tall guy

We have some sympathy for the tall guy. It's not his fault, but unfortunately the ill-effects of his good stature still merit a place on this list.

The rules are simple: stand at the back or to the sides wherever possible. It's tough when you love the band and want to move to the front, but that's how it is.


There are several valid reasons for moving towards the front during the show. You might be short, and that's fine. You might have friends at the front, and concerts are more fun with friends, so that's fine too.

The problem is when superfans shove everyone else on their way forward like they're a first-class citizen.

Look bro, you're welcome to make your way forward, but do it with some tact or me and the rest of the audience are gonna start pushing you to the back.

People who shout song requests (for the wrong band)

Calling out requests is lame, but it's worse when someone tries to be a comedian and ask for songs by the wrong band. This hasn't been funny since before most of us were born, and yet it still happens. It's time to stop.

The guy who tries to be king of the mosh pit

You're either a mosher or you're not. If you stay in your circle, that's fine. But the most unpleasant person at a concert is the meathead who tries to be king of the moshpit.

He's actively looking to hurt people, but can only impress himself. Even when you ignore the blatant violence, it's just plain selfish to try and impress yourself like that.

It's okay, because when you see this guy, you know this guy has the smallest c--k in the whole room.

That Drunk Guy

Everyone has a friend who is "that drunk guy" at shows. If you don't have one, it's you.

The drunk guy is annoying for his unpredictability. You have to keep half your attention on him just to make sure something won't spill on you, and that's just a pain when you're trying to enjoy the show. He can quickly morph into one of the other categories on this post: the shouter, the pusher, the singer... he's a shapeshifter. Beware the drunk guy.

What annoys you at rock concerts? Share your stories in the comments - we have a feeling the medal-winning tale will be hilarious.

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    Dammit... I'm like 3 of these, please excuse me while I go rethink my life
    Me too, though with age I'm only the 2nd one. I don't realize I do it til afterwards when I'm told...
    You forgot The Robert Paulson: This guy has b*tch tits and likes to show them off. Most commonly he is found shirtless in the moshpit sweating enought to fill a dry lake Eerie to flood levels. No one wants to get lost in the sweat, b*tch tits and the hair that has a better targeting system than a hellfire missle, this hair has one purpose in life: to scrape across your face dousing you in sweat so that it sticks to your face and makes you look like a wookie. This guy is the "agents" of the moshpit so channel your inner Neo and avoid him at all cost.
    That guy that screams "FREE BIRD!" no matter what concert it is. Will people ever stop doing that?
    Here in Finland it's "soittakaa Paranoid!" (=play paranoid) the funny thing is that every finnish band knows someone's gonna shout it, so everyone has practiced a version of paranoid. Our band has a grindcore version, the whole song is over in a minute. also, you can't play paranoid if no one tells you to!
    Can't help but think of the Nirvana Unplugged show when some retard shouted "FREE BIRD!" at a quiet moment between songs. Kurt just glared at him and said "I was waiting for that to happen"
    The sound guy at one of the bars my band plays at does this to every band that takes the stage. So annoying the first few times now I just kind of laugh it off. Here's an idea though insteade of screaming "Free Bird" try screaming "Raining Men" see what happens.
    Had a similar situation. We just added Free Bird to our set, so when he shouted "Free Bird!" we played Free Bird.
    There is always that one person who screams Free Bird at a concert. When you think it's not gonna happen, it does.
    ive been to mutiple metallica and megadeth concerts ive only heard someone yell free bird once and im pretty sure it was his last time
    I've actually never experienced this, not once... Is something amiss in the Saint Louis area?
    what about the guy who blows pot smoke in everyone's faces for five freaking hours at Austin city limits. I really hate that guy
    don't hate just cause you dont participate. we all did this in our younger days. just be glad they're not tripping balls and on the edge of freaking the f*** out
    When I saw Killing Joke last year, I stood just behind the pit - out of harm's way - and this guy next to me looked like he was waiting for a bus, calm as ****, then lit up. Lord, those fumes 'enhanced' the gig tenfold
    Whoever wrote this article is lame as shit and too worried about what other people are doing to have fun. Who gives a **** if someone yells out freebird? Who cares if people are drunk. And who the **** gives a **** about people moshing in the mosh pit. If someones a dick theyre going to get hit, simple as that. Whoever wrote this article has never been to a good metal show
    I've never heard somebody scream 'free bird' at any concert i've ever been to. Of course, at one point during a band rehearsal a few drunk friends we invited over shouted it after almost every single song we played.
    I always shout "Stairway To Heaven!" at support bands... because I'm weird. Kinda like when somebody asks "Any questions?", I always feel compelled to ask "when's lunch?"
    Are you from England?
    No. Are you?
    I am. i shouted "fade to black when chilli peppers asked "what do you guys think is the best song ever" (expecting californication etc.) I really didnt expect the crowd to cheer me
    im always compelled to ask 'where do babies come from?' when posed with the 'any questions?' i feel your pain... lol
    They missed the annoying girlfriend that doesn't like the band but tags along with her boyfriend and makes it to the front of the barrier and then gets pissed at the person next to her when the crowd moves because she somehow thinks he can control the flow of the crowd.
    How about the over protective boyfriend clinging onto her and punching everyone else that comes close? COUPLES; TO THE BACK WITH YOU!
    Holy ****, I agree. Why go to the front if you really don't want people bumping into you and stuff?
    I'm soooo glad my girlfriend actually gets in the pit with me
    I've seen girls with F***ING SANDALS at an Alice in Chains concert and they were trying be get up front while complaining about people moving.
    Man, this so much.If you're at the front then you get squashed and pushed from behind. If you don't like that, then you shouldn't be at the front. Alot of girlfriends need to learn this fact.
    I'm probably the guy who sings every song, although in my defence I am usually at the front (because I'm short), not pissing people off at the bar. I wouldn't sing at the bar, that's kinda weird...
    i sing the songs if i know them, but the concerts i go to, usually everyone else does.
    People who start mosh pits at a not metal're 30 years old and I don't want to touch you.
    i hate when i go to a show and the 40 year old drunk man tries to mosh, spills his beer everywhere (and usually on someone) and proceeds to make an ass out of himself. its funny for a bit. and then plain annoying
    Its not funny,not even for a bit.I can always see it coming too.Guy walks into the pit with a full beer 30 seconds before the band comes on.1 minute later,everyone has his beer on their shirt.
    The King of the mosh pita does this: Before every Wall of Death, he stands in the middle because he likes being looked at by everyone
    Unfortunatley, i'm the "tall guy" thats always in the front. I can't help it though - if your girl wants to get to the front and shes being a royal bitch about it and ruining the show by complaining, then you have to do what you have to do lol. I've almost got into some brutal fights at many concerts - MEtallica, Korn, Marilyn Manson, etc.. oh well, though..
    I'm not the tall guy (I think I'm right at average height), but I don't think the tall guy belongs on this list. It's not that annoying because we can always move and in my opinion you you shouldn't have to sacrifice your concert experience just because you are taller. Plus tall guys are helpful for crowdsurfing (assuming it's an appropriate place to do so). I wanted up while standing next to a really tall guy at a super-packed Coheed and Cambria concert. I asked him for help and he happily just picked me up and chucked me.
    Floyd Phoenix
    I'm the tall guy, but also the super fan... This article confused where I'm supposed to be...
    6'1 and I could give a **** less. I paid for the show same as you and I'll watch from where I want. can't see from your spot? find another one or push me out of mine.
    Yes i know how that feels bro being 6'1" and all... and what annoys me the most are big fat sweaty guys. WHen you people are at concerts you are annoying and gross. ANd free bird! I too am that guy...
    I'm 6'6" & I've never heard of this problem :/
    I'm a tall guy myself, and whenever I get to a concert I always make sure I'm there a few hours before the gates/doors open just so I know I'm getting a good spot, Don't ****in tell me that I have to watch the concert from the shit seats at the side because of something I can't help, that's discrimination. And what's the deal with people who show up as the headlining act hit the stage and then decide to show their way to the front, causing that swaying sea of people crushing the concert-goers who actually earned their spot. I once seen a guy almost punch an old lady out at a concert because she wouldn't let him take her spot.
    In a lot of cases I'm singing guy Not even superfanism, I just like singing the songs at concerts.
    how about fat sweaty people who don't shower?? terrible or my personal favorite, the people who don't shower, are in your face obnoxious and high on anything other than pot! druggies FTW
    What annoys me the most are the drunk people. My buddy, my girlfriend and myself were at a Godsmack/Staind concert last spring sitting in the stands. And at the last song, a severrely inebriated guy (in the row behind me) starts screaming and cussing at the lead singer (as if he was heard), spitting /drooling on himself... telling people to **** off or he was going to kick their ass (the classy stuff) and almost fell over the seat 3 times and trying to grab my girlfriend. I almost strangled him but he stumbled away while pissing himself (true story). I know there is alcohol at concerts and its fun to drink and have fun since it's a metal show. But don't be an ***** about it and try to start fights.
    You left out the obese skinhead guys wearing wear wife-beaters that come to the show just to pick a fight with anyone, personally i find them to be the most annoying, they ruin it for everyone.
    Smartphone users are the absolute worst. You look out over the crowd and all you see are these glowing little screens. You are at a show to EXPERIENCE it, not be the Stephen ****ing Spielberg of Facebook. Need to rig up some kind of EMP pulse generator for my guitar rig so when I hit some high note or something everyones phones explode, or at least shut off... I'd bet half of the crowd will go home... which is cool though too because the only reason they wanted to be there in the first place is to post on Facebook that they were there to impress their friends. I could rant on this for hours... I ****ing HATE cellphones, or rather, those that use them like douchebags.
    The sweaty fat man that feels it necessary to push his sweaty belly into the curve of your back so they align in one soppy wet conjunction. Makes me want to vomit.
    The drunk retard who wants to be friend with everybody but is so damn annooying
    The people at Rammstein concerts who have to sing along but have no idea how to pronounce ANYTHING.
    You forgot. 'dude who brings his girlfriend and wear a rucksack and then gets annoyed when people push into him' Also the 'we were here first people'. Met that **** at Alter Bridge in Nov 2011.
    I really don't mind any of the mistakes cited here but the smartphone owners, which is probably the less annoying of the 7. But I just don't get why someone would bring a smartphone to a concert just to twit about how that awesome band is standing in front of them or to film the concert (I mean, the band is standing right there, why would you want to film it?).
    I was filming the Sword the other day with my phone simply cause I was having trouble figuring out one of their songs... its an incredibly blurry & shakey close up of the guitarist but it has helped me learn the song. So there is a practical use at times. I do feel like a bit of a dick the few times Ive done this but hey whatever Im not hurting anyone or ruining their enjoyment. I think all the other categories on this list fall into the potential to annoy people
    Last week I saw Atlas Moth and some guy came up and held his phone directly in front of somebodys face in the front row. For like a solid minute. It was a just a little obnoxious haha
    More often I find it's drunk girl, just acting retarded.Throwing beers and trying to jump on stage. Not something to get mad about though.
    The kid rock looking stoner who keeps dancing and headbanging to every song and his hair keeps hitting you in the face and then proceeds to fall over in everyone because he's so gone.
    On Long Island the hardcore punk scene has these straightedge douche bags called "Thug Squad", people who deliberately go to shows to hurt people. When I saw Every Time I Die they again tried their hardest to smash my girlfriend, my friend Jeremy and myself. I ended beating up one of them in a blacked out rage when one deliberately hit my girlfriend in the face. I hate *****s who have to hurt people in order to have fun. However on a lighter note here's some fun music with other annoying concert goers
    Don't forget about the old man out from the retirement home, that smells funny, and that has been to every concert since 1965! I TELL YOU MY BOY I SAW ELVIS, AND HENDRIX IN PERSON!!
    Went to a Jethro Tull show with "singing girl" back in '87. It was miserable, like I paid $20 to hear you sing?
    I always hate the guy behind you who is the only person sitting down, but instead of standing like everyone else, he keeps asking you to "Sit down, I can't see"
    I dislike the camera people, they stand still the whole show to get a bad recording.
    That girl in the middle of pic #1 looks so goddamn retarded, as well as readily having her mouth wide open for cock (presumably that of One Direction, Bieber or some rapping ape). Wouldn't be surprising if she's a coalburner...
    louis van wyk
    What annoys me the most is these fake hippies. They wear this bright coloured tshirt and have some real dirty dreadlocks, but they walk around with iphone,ipads and all kinds of expensive stuff. Then they happen to find themselves in a bar where a metal shows going on and then they try to dance along the 240bpm blast beat. If you accidently bump into them while moshing they go like "whoa dude take it easy, peace man" and then they get really offensive if you tell them that they are at a metal show.
    I can't stand all these constant "peace dude. Peace and love" people. I find in life that the more that people proclaim peace and love and prayers for everyone, the less they mean it.
    crowd surfers are always a fun time're enjoying the show then some goofball kicks you in the back of the head
    Being 6'8 and shouting lyrics is probably why I look around halfway through a concert to find a wide open 10 foot radius around me. Whooops.
    People leaning on my back and pulling on my hair. It fu cking hurts, why would you even do this? Guys who take their top off near the front where they're obviously going to come into contact with people and rub their fu cking sweat on everyone are pi ss annoying too.
    You missed the absolute worst one. The really sweaty guy without a shirt who keeps rubbing on people and spreading his stench.
    If the band is from the other side of the country or from another continent and i'll most likely never see them live again i'll stand up front centre. I'm 6'6 and all I ever hear around me is pieces of conversation with the word "tall" in them. Goddamnit.
    I'd have expected some comments stating that Dave mustaine is the mat annoyning with his rants at concerts
    I'm the tall guy. I also pride myself on defeating so-called "kings" of the moshpit.
    I think the "hardcore" dancers should be on this list. I mean come on... your at a metal show mate! Metal....mosh pits... not swinging your arms around like an idiot trying to hurt the ACTUAL fans who go there for a show. I swear when my band starts playing shows and we get even ONE of these guys in the pit I'll set off on a rant even Dave Mustaine will be proud of!
    The most annoying for me are the people holding up their video cameras. I have no problem with filming a concert as I do it too sometimes, but I'll never put the camera above eye level. It annoys me a lot when I have to end up seeing the gig through a screen because the person has to hold up their camera as high above their head as possible.
    I like the smartphone users , they protect their phones when you give 'em a shove , it's a bonus when it's your turn to get 4 beers to the front !! Seriously though , I'm glad lighters are out of fashion , not many hair arsonists around nowadays !!
    I'm the tall guy, sorry. Anyway, I always try to stand next to one of the side walls
    Hardcore dancing. Is the dumbest thing ever invented. It's only fun for the 2 or 3 people in the area doing it. Once it starts its impossible to include anyone cause theyll get their teeth knocked out. Plus it's just dangerous and inconsiderate. It's not AS annoying at big venues with different pits but when it's at a local show it just ruins it. I just like good ol fashioned moshing and maybe circle pits if there's a lot of people. Then crowd surfing is tolerable.
    Those fat chicks that scream at the top of their lungs IN BETWEEN SONGS for... Seether. Really? Seether? It was my first concert and on my birthday in Indy, and it was 3 Days Grace, Escape the Fate, BFMV, Seether, and A7X. I mean, really? Out of those, you scream for Seether? They took my ****ing spot when I went to get a drink, too! Fuck those fat ass bitches!
    I feel bad for you man. Not so much about the fat chicks but more because that line up.
    I'm 6'5" And I'll stan at the front if I please. Maybe if you're vertically challanged you should get there earlier.
    I'm 6'8", and I am affected by this article. I am the tall guy , and I was literally standing right next to where this video was shot. You can see my devil horns at 27.
    Front and center at the Offspring for the f***ing win! Even if Dexter phoned it in, it was still pretty awesome. I'm not sitting to the side, especially when I ended up getting one of Pete's drums sticks at the end of the show. Sorry to the average-people, but like R8:31b said: "Maybe if you're vertically challanged you should get there earlier."
    kill it
    It's absolutely cowardly and rude to forcefully push an unsuspecting person from behind on your way to the stage. These people deserve a broken nose.