Alcohol: Stealing the Spotlight of the Show?

Lidless beer cups become quite the spill hazard at close-contact concerts.

Lidless beer cups become quite the spill hazard at close-contact concerts.

Kaylee Zuhlke, Staff Reporter

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There you are; an innocent concert viewer trying to catch a glimpse of the band over the other heads in the crowd. As you focus in, you’re suddenly taken aback by a splash with a familiar smell now seeping into your clothes; beer. For many, this could be just the spill that washes away the good experience that a person paid to see.

Should open (no-lid) containers of alcohol be available for sale at concerts? Although being under the influence may heighten the experience for some, others think that going to the show itself should be enough to satisfy. It’s bad enough to deal with disorderly drunks trying to force you into a mosh pit, but a whole other degree to be plagued by lidless beer cups that shower down upon the innocent.

“Yes, it should be allowed, but there should be a way to control it,” stated senior Kiana Dyck.

Do note, although underage drinking is a problem that is not the focus here. The main concern regards allowing open-lid cups in close proximity to other people.

One method of controlling it could be to allow designated areas for drinking. Reserved seating instead of the close-contact standing floor would allow a safe area to prevent splashing. A more extreme move would be to completely eradicate the sale of alcohol at said events, but this is unlikely due to the loss in profit by the venue. However, the venue managers should consider the feelings of drinkers and non-drinkers alike. Every concert-goer has one thing in common: they all came there to enjoy the show.


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