By: Samantha Bogert
Most people enjoy going to a concert every now and then to see their favorite artist or band. However, there are people out there who attend concerts every month, sometimes even twice a month. That might seem like a lot to the ‘average’ concert-goer, but to a concert junkie, that’s not enough. “It wasn’t until my first concert, that I officially became a concert junkie, after that I was hooked,” Alisha Fisher says.
A concert junkie is defined as “one who goes to many concerts,” according to Urban Dictionary. That might seem like a simple definition, and it is, considering there is much more to being a concert junkie than just going to a lot of concerts.
“One of the most problematic things a concert junkie experiences is the amount of money we spend on tickets each year,” Fisher explains. According to an article by Todd Martens in the Los Angeles Times, “the most serious of fans can spend upward of $422 per year on music in the U.S.” But even after spending $100 on one ticket, a concert junkie will continue to buy more, no matter the cost, just so they can feel the high of going to another concert.
Another thing that happens to concert junkies is “post-concert depression,” Fisher says. She described it as a “true feeling of emptiness” after the concert is over and being “unable to wait for the next one.” It may seem silly to most people, but the depression is a real feeling for concert junkies. According to an article by Cassie Whitt, in Alternative Press, there are nine stages of post-concert depression. They are “euphoria, reflection, realization, reality, feeling outcasted, stalking, lack of impulse control, acceptance and then living.” Those who aren’t concert junkies would not understand these emotions but according to Fisher, “they are all true.”
Another burden concert junkies deal with is the stress and anxiety of trying to buy tickets on websites like Ticketmaster or Live Nation. This may seem like a common problem among those who are trying to buy tickets for concerts they want to see but according to Fisher, “It’s 10 times worse for junkies. I have major anxiety when I’m sitting on sites like Ticketmaster, watching the time limit count down until they reveal the seats they found for me.” Most concert-goers know that sites like Ticketmaster and Live Nation are not their friend and will most often give them seats in the nosebleed section; however, junkies don’t care where their seats are. As long as they get tickets and are able to go, they’ll sit anywhere; and it only makes it better when they end up getting even better seats than they imagined.
Most concert junkies would also be almost relieved when they find out their artist or band they really want to see is only a few hours away. To most people, driving a few hours for a concert isn’t worth the money for the tickets or the gas to get there, but concert junkies would drive across the country if they could. “I think the longest drive I’ve ever taken to get to a concert was four hours, which ended up being an entire day trip, especially since I wanted to get there a few hours earlier,” Fisher explains.
Even though wasting money, post-concert depression, anxiety when buying tickets, and driving more than an hour to go to a concert may seem ridiculous to anyone except concert junkies, it’s the actual feeling they get when they are at a concert that makes everything worth it. “The energy, the screaming, the pulsating beat through the entire arena, and the excitement of seeing one of your favorite artists or band in person, that’s the true high of being a concert junkie,” Fisher says.