Last night we went to see Angus and Julia Stone at the Metro Theatre! They were amazing live, with their angelic voices, very cute/cool outfits and the stage design was the best I've seen in a really long time. It was set up as a lounge room with a wallpaper backdrop with framed pictures hanging and lamps placed around the stage. It made the experience really intimate. If you have a look at their website you can get an idea of what the stage looked like.
The only negative aspect about the gig was the amount of people filming and photographing the show. I find this incredibly irritating! This is the view I had for a good portion of the evening.
I'm not sure people are aware of how much they are impacting on people standing or sitting behind them when they hold up their phones/cameras and the obnoxiously bright digital screen glares brighter than the lights on stage. The most annoying thing is that I know their footage or photos are going to be terrible because they're not close enough, it's too dark so their photos will be blurry and they're probably taking a shot of someone else's camera/phone. They could find much better photos on the internet taken by professional photographers. Also isn't the point of going to a gig to enjoy the live experience?! No photo or video is going to come close to the actual experience which is why you go to gigs, so just enjoy the experience and if you feel the need to see footage of them after, watch it on youtube. I've had this same experience at too many concerts and I'm so sick of it! A couple of years ago I saw Tori Amos at the Opera House (where cameras aren't permitted) and the woman in front of me had her phone positioned so it was completely blocking my view of Tori. I very politely asked her to stop or at least move the phone slightly which she ignored because for some reason she thought her experience of the show was so much more important than anyone else's.
Ok, I think I've made my point. I hope everyone's having a great weekend!