The idea for this post has been in my head for quite some time now, and every time when somebody asks me: “Hi man, can you get some (free) tickets for tonight’s show?” it resurfaces.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with amazing bands in the last few years. I’ve made good friends, met some amazing people, which I respect deeply and the respect is mutual. If I’d ask them for tickets they wouldn’t even hesitate.
But I won’t ask.
Not for myself, not for my family, my girlfriend, my friends or you, who I barely know. Why not? Because the artist, who you wanna listen to, worked really hard, invested his own money to make an album which you downloaded from the local pirate site for free, has a family to take care of and is practising his skills daily for more than a decade, DESERVES your respect. The tickets usually don’t cost more then 20€ and if that is too much for you, you, with your newest iPhone, drinking a second pint of craft beer for which you have paid the same amount as it is the cost of the ticket you are trying to get for free, then you don’t deserve to be there. Simple as that.
The artist performing live is giving you a part of his soul and buying a ticket to his show shouldn’t be even debatable. Sadly, we live in a country where “zrihtati” is one of the most common and ‘normal’ phrases and most of people (ab)using it doesn’t even realise that they are showing disrespect with it. As I said, I won’t ask the artist for tickets, but I don’t mind asking them to sign a CD, t-shirt or a poster for you. Does this sounds fair?