In this First Concert Ever segment, the pop punk band, Closure, talks about the stories of their first experiences with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
My first show was one to remember! My dad and I went to see 5 Seconds of Summer at Allphones Arena (now Qudos Bank) in June of 2015. I remember the night starting off with State Champs who I was probably equally as excited to see. The vocalist stated that he was unwell due to all the touring they had been doing but the professionalism he carried throughout the performance was admirable. Watching two of my still favourite bands play to a crowd of 20,000 people only pushed me further into the world of music and made me want to unite people through my craft just like they did that night.
My first concert growing up in the Australian Heavy Scene was In Hearts Wake’s Skydancer Tour show at the Roundhouse in Sydney back in 2015. It was my first time in a mosh pit and I was completely mortified at first! But I slowly started to notice how much invisible teamwork and comradery is involved in a mosh pit, everyone moving together like one big wave to the music. I felt like at that moment, everyone there was experiencing this show the same way I was and it was a totally unreal experience. That show definitely shaped my current perspective of how integral crowds are to a live music experience.
My first real concert was Bring Me The Horizon at the Hordern Pavillion in 2016. I was absolutely terrified at the idea of moshing and the thought of a hall full of people bashing against each other for fun until 68’ hit the stage. I was completely breath taken. Me and my mates instantly jumped out of our seats and ran into the crowd to join in on the energy. We hung around in the mosh waiting for Architects, who we hadn’t heard of, to be even more blown away when the Brighton boys killed their set. While breathless and in urgent need of water, Bring Me The Horizon came out and played one of the most unforgettable live sets I’ve ever seen. All three of these bands made me want more from music. They made me want to play for crowds full of energy and enthusiasm. But most importantly they shaped the way I perceived live music and ever since I cannot get enough of playing and seeing shows.