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    Question 'audience' or 'watchers', for the people attending a concert?

    Hi,
    Would you please tell me how the people in a concert are most commonly addressed? I think sometimes the name of the hall is used when the performer addresses the people, but what I'm looking for is the word specifically used in that context. Many thanks!

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    Default Re: 'audience' or 'watchers', for the people attending a concert?

    "Audience" is the word used to refer to the people watching an event.

    Do you mean how the performer would address the audience?

    Usually in rock concerts the performer will address the crowd using the name of the city they are in. Like "Hello, Philadelphia!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Usually in rock concerts the performer will address the crowd using the name of the city they are in. Like "Hello, Philadelphia!"
    I agree. You might also hear "Thank you Manchester, you've been a great audience tonight!". I can't think of a way "watchers" would ever be natural in a similar context.

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    Default Re: 'audience' or 'watchers', for the people attending a concert?

    Other than the city's name, as Dave has suggested, I can only think of "Ladies and Gentlemen", which is very common in all sorts of events in AmE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Other than the city's name, as Dave has suggested, I can only think of "Ladies and Gentlemen", which is very common in all sorts of events in AmE.
    That sounds a little more formal to me - I would associate it with more sedate (i.e. not rock) concerts or recitals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    That sounds a little more formal to me - I would associate it with more sedate (i.e. not rock) concerts or recitals.
    Not in the states. It's used at every type of event, from mud racing to the philharmonic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    That sounds a little more formal to me - I would associate it with more sedate (i.e. not rock) concerts or recitals.
    I agree.

    I mean the venue's announcer might use "ladies and gentlemen," but many performers are morelikely to refer to us all as m#$%##@ers.

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    Many thanks to you all. I suppose 'audience' is the word I was looking for. Best wishes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Not in the states. It's used at every type of event, from mud racing to the philharmonic.
    I think at a less formal event in the UK such as motorcycle racing (what is mud racing?) you might hear the abbreviation "Ladies and Gents" from a commentator, but I really can't ever imagine hearing the full phrase at a rock concert unless the venue itself were doing a Health&Safety announcement before the show. And of course, at the Royal Opera House one might hear the even more formal "My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen".

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    Default Re: 'audience' or 'watchers', for the people attending a concert?

    You would also call the audience at a rock concert or a music festival, the "crowd". When a lead singer hurls himself off the stage and onto the upraised arms of the standing audience members who then move him across the tops of their heads, it's called "crowd-surfing".

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