Foss: Should concerts start earlier? – New York News

I headed off to a concert Tuesday night — the Southern rock band the Drive-By Truckers, at The Egg in Albany — filled with anticipation, but also a sense of impending weariness. 


Concerts run late, and I knew I was in for a long evening. 

When I arrived at The Egg, shortly after 7:30 p.m., the opener was already on stage. By the time the headliners launched their two-hour-and-fifteen minute set, it was almost 9 p.m. I got home around 11:15 p.m., feeling completely worn out. 

I’m getting old, I know. 

But I do sometimes wonder whether concerts should start earlier and end earlier, especially on weeknights. 

The Capital Region has a robust music scene, especially during the summer months, when outdoor concerts are the norm. 

My question: Would earlier concert start times make the area’s music scene even livelier and more accessible? Would more people attend these events? 

Concert-going has always involved a bit of wear and tear and personal sacrifice. Late nights and a certain amount of physical discomfort has always been part of the experience, and music lovers will put up with a lot to see a beloved band. 

What goes unmeasured is the number of people who stay home because the inconvenience isn’t worth it. 

Starting concerts earlier is an idea that has surfaced in a number of communities. 

Last spring, a concert promoter named Mar Sellars endorsed the idea in an essay in NOW, a weekly publication in Toronto. 

“… if we could shift the culture to going to shows earlier and getting home earlier, the way we do for sports events and theater performances, audiences could diversify to…

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