Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker Asks Fans Not to Talk During the Opening Act

"Sometimes I have this feeling like, if only the room were quiet, this could be so incredible"

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BY Alex HudsonPublished Apr 19, 2022

Big Thief are currently touring in support of this year's excellent Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You, and singer-guitarist Adrianne Lenker has a request for fans who come to the shows: please be "respectful" and don't talk over the opening act.

Yesterday (April 18), Lenker posted a four-minute video message on Instagram with the caption "Feelings re talking during openers and attention in general." In it, she discusses the tendency of fans to chat with their friends at the same time an artist is performing.

Lenker emphasized the "magic" that can occur when an audience is attentive. "Sometimes I have this feeling like, if only the room were quiet, this could be so incredible," she said.

She went on to make this request: "When you come into this space where music is happening, even if you're coming just to see a specific act play, be mindful if there is somebody performing and playing, to either listen or at least be quiet so that other people can listen, or go and put yourself elsewhere. I just think that, because it's a common space, people should be able to enjoy the full breadth of what the artist has to offer."

Big Thief are currently on tour with Canadian ambient/experimental composer Kara-Lis Coverdale, with a show taking place tonight at Toronto's Massey Hall. Lenker doesn't specially mention Coverdale in her post. See Lenker's comments below.

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