Of all the dating activity options out there – dinner, drinks, movies, rock climbing – concerts will inevitably crop up as an option. You met this cute guy last week and – awesome! Band X is playing in a few days. It’s the perfect excuse to take him out and vet his taste in music – all while checking out an awesome band. Or is it? Unless you’re an established couple, or have been together long enough to at least stop pawing at each other, you might want to think twice about this decision.
These are eight reasons you should never take a date to a concert:
1. IT’S LOUD
It’s date number three, and you’re still getting to know one another. Going to a place where conversations mainly consist of yelling in each other’s ears might not be the best place to start.
2. IT’S YOUR DATE’S FRIEND’S BAND
Be careful to suss out the genre of music your date’s friends play, or you might be stuck smiling awkwardly and reluctantly answering “Yeah…?” every time your date asks you if the band sounds great.
3. IT’S NOT CHEAP
Whether you’re going to the Horseshoe Tavern or Lee’s Palace (or the ACC, though I would never recommend that for any first dates), you’re looking at a significant investment – particularly if you’re not going dutch.
4. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE YOUR PDA
Everyone’s been there – you’re at a concert, enjoying a beer and a great band, and the two folks in front of you start messily locking lips. Do us all a favour and save the drunken passion-play for the cab ride home. If you haven’t gotten over the drool-inducing, starry-eyed, infatuated stage, stick to going to the movies, where no one can tell – or is bothered by – what you’re up to. For more tips about how not to be gross at shows, see this handy guide from Noisey.
5. BOOZE + GOOD DANCE SKILLS = UNLIKELY PAIR
Sometimes that extra beer gives you an extra left foot. Don’t worry – it’s not your fault. But your date doesn’t know that, so you might want to give yourself more of a fighting chance and stick to less performance-based activities for a while.
6. VENUE BATHROOMS ARE GROSS
Let’s face it, 99% of bathrooms in concert venues are just short of a portapotty. Try as you might, that warped mirror and empty paper towel dispenser aren’t going to do you any favours. It’s a bit like getting into the spirit of things by freshening up in the bathroom from Trainspotting.
7. THE BAND IS COOLER THAN YOU
You can try as hard as you like, but you are probably unlikely to outshine Janelle Monae or Jack White. If your date is swooning over the band, you may have done your job too well.
8. SOMEONE ELSE THINKS THEY ARE COOLER THAN YOU
But if the band doesn’t sweep your date off of his/her trendy footwear of choice, you might find your date a target of other enterprising concert-goers. Just be sure to plan those bathroom breaks strategically, or you might come back to find your date on a date with someone else.