Is 14 a reasonable age to let unsupervised children attend gigs and concerts?
In my opinion, no.
They are unable to drink themselves, and usually turned down from pubs after 9pm, so why is it acceptable for them to be in a crowd surrounded by adults drinking, dancing and jumping around?
All in all, I suppose it depends on the genre of music being played, as a rock concert will undoubtedly be more rowdy than a classical one.
Admittedly, I attended my first concert at 14. It was for alternative rock band Kids in Glass Houses at the late Cockpit (http://thecockpit.co.uk/). I thought I was invincible and remember pushing my way through the crowd and even throwing myself into an attempt at a mosh pit. In hindsight, it’s worrying that someone of my age and petite statue was able to do so without having an of age adult with me in the standing area to ensure I came home unscathed.
In my opinion, there should be a rule that no one under 16 should be able to attend a concert where they will be in unreserved standing, unsupervised. This is because although some under 16’s are deemed sensible enough to venture out alone or with friends their own age, the vast majority are not, and trying to filter out the children is an arduous task.
Sitting of course, is the safer option, which I’d say is allowable for an unsupervised 14 year old, as no crowds will be putting concert goers at risk by pushing people back and forth, drinking or doing drugs.
This is why I feel like concerts should have a minimum age limit. Like you should have to be at least 16…#LetUsMosh
— Christina Kelley✌️ (@CkelleyG918) June 23, 2013
I’d rather the youth of today be safe, than sorry.
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