Big matches or big concerts are the only time a non-city dweller like me gets to be part of a crowd. It can be exciting to let go of your individuality for a while to be a part of something bigger. It’s like you are lending yourself to the performance and the crowd for a few hours, not knowing where it will take you.
They are very different experiences however…
At a match (even an thrilling match like yesterday) only half the crowd will ever go home happy. At a great gig everyone goes home happy.
Performers in a match try to block out the crowd in order to get the result, whereas performers in a gig must reach out to and connect with the crowd in order to get the result.
Crowds sing at a match to boost the performers. Crowds sing at a gig along with the performers.
If you’re trying to create a crowd, a following, a group of people who will read your book, support your work, attend your matches, come to your gigs, you must first figure out why they would lend themselves to you, and then what you are going to give them to cheer about.