I thought I was going to a concert but it turned into a battle, Artist against Venue.
I’ve never been to a concert in Oran Mor, nor had I heard Feist before but I was expecting that this would be a small, friendly, intimate gig. I had been told by a friend who has run the sound desk in this venue before that every time he has been there people seemed to talk all the time, but I didn’t realise just how bad that would be.
Personally I’ve never understood why people pay to go to a concert only to drink so much they don’t know where they are or to chat to their mates so much that they never look at the stage or listen to the music – what’s the point, don’t they respect the artist or value the price of the ticket?
But I think the noise of people chatting is worse at Oran Mor because of the low ceiling and odd acoustics. At first I thought that having the bar behind us (as you look at the stage) was the problem but there are bars all over the Academy and it’s no big problem there. In Oran Mor the noise from people talking was always present but with the quieter songs in the set it was really distracting, with lots of people getting wound up and agressive. Of course the security / stewarding was non existent. The obligatory ‘big bloke’ on the door was all that was visible and no one moved through the venue to sort out problems.
Apart from the problems with the building, there seemed to be a few technical problems. Feist‘s main vocal mic dropped out several times and she was struggling to hear her vocals in her monitors. Despite these and other gremlins conspiring to make this a nightmare for any artist Feist put in a great performance.
Another good point was the lighting, which for such a small venue was very effective. So, the band were great, Feist fantastic and good lighting. Other than that a horrible gig.