I hadn’t seen that unscientific age survey in Huffington Post until I saw comments on Twitter as to what the older person should and should not be wearing, doing, attending, blah, blah and blah. Yeah, I know, say no more. But, in the way of happenstance, I came across member Mary’s post on her level of comfort/discomfort at attending a music gig due to age considerations. The angst of a younger audience perhaps wondering if she was lost en route to somewhere else counted among her fears. Tellingly, Mary muses that other art venues (cinemas, theatres, etc) hold no such fears and, moreover, a younger person is typically guided as to whether a movie, for instance, is above their age range. Who, then, signals to the older person when an event may be too young for them? And this is where we of course have to say a massive Whoa! to this age nonsense – and to unscientific ill-informed opinions and dictates. But what did Mary do in the end about attending that local gig? Read on. Ed

A couple of weeks back, I’d planned in a vague way to go to a local gig, to catch a young punk/folk Billy Bragg style singer playing support on a tour, but then I began to worry because I thought at my age, and at that venue, I’d stick out like a sore thumb!

I’m comfortable enough to go to open mic nights and small gigs in pubs, because generally they attract a wide age-group, both performers and audience.
Although I’ve not been to any, I’d imagine I’d be comfortable with the anonymity of a large stadium-size gig. For that matter, I’ve seen photos shared on social media from theatre-style venues, generally featuring a come-back artist on tour, where the audience members have looked FAR older than I am.
But it’s the thought of that in-between size venue putting on up-and-coming artists, themselves often in their early 20s, and attracting an audience in the same age range, that makes me feel uncomfortable.

Read on | Mary’s Other Thoughts