A resurfaced TikTok of a Billie Eilish show is contributing to an ongoing debate about concert etiquette, as a fan's enthusiasm drowned out the singer

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Billie Eilish performs at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for ABA
  • A TikToker called out a fan for their loud singing at a Billie Eilish concert in a viral 2022 video.

  • YouTuber Tyler Oakley shared the clip to Twitter igniting a conversation about concert etiquette. 

  • A similar debate is brewing over a video of an enthusiastic fan screaming during a Taylor Swift concert.

A viral TikTok of a fan singing loudly during a 2022 Billie Eilish performance has re-emerged on Twitter, contributing to a social-media debate about concert etiquette.

On September 29, 2022, a TikTok user who goes by @thefamousmikbar shared a video of an Eilish concert with multiple clips filmed from the crowd, with the on-screen caption, "To the person who thinks they can out sing Billie and ruined all my videos."

The upload, which according to the hashtags in the caption took place during Eilish's 2022 "Happier Than Ever, The World Tour," showed Eilish performing on stage, while a woman behind the person filming could be heard loudly singing along.

At one point they appeared to generate attention from fellow concert-goers who could be seen turning their heads to look behind them in the direction of the singing fan. The caption of the video read, "Your not the main character," alongside an eye-roll emoji.

The TikTok received over 3.6 million views and 13,600 comments, many of which appeared to side with the original poster and agree the volume was unnecessary, although some suggested they too had been caught up in the moment at a concert and exhibited similar behavior.

The conversation reignited on March 18, when YouTuber Tyler Oakley re-shared the video to Twitter and wrote, "the way this would ruin my entire experience, unfortunately." The tweet was viewed over 10.5 million times, and received over 86,400 likes and 3,300 quote tweets.

Some users defended the fan's enthusiasm and suggested the purpose of the concert was to enjoy the experience, not the sound quality.

However, many others, including Oakley, disagreed and suggested the purpose of a concert was to appreciate the performance itself.

"Concerts are to hear the artist sing live, not to hear some girl who thinks she's the artist people came for. like… if you want to perform, sing in the shower. & we shall disagree!" Oakley wrote in a follow-up tweet.

 

In another tweet, Oakley referenced his original post on the topic and wrote, "omg the discourse within this tweet… i didn't realize it would be such a polarizing litmus test of concert etiquette."

The concert-etiquette conversation has also emerged after a March 17 TikTok of a Taylor Swift concert showed a person loudly singing along, drowning out Swift's vocals, and viewers debated whether it was "entitled" to potentially ruin another concert-goer's experience.

In the past, TikToks have shared instances of unruly behavior at concerts have also sparked debate around "concert etiquette." On February 25, a TikToker posted a video saying a girl was bitten while they fought over a "sweat rag" a band member had thrown into the crowd during a 5 Seconds of Summer gig.

On March 2, TikToker Maggie Dale said "main character syndrome has gone way too far" and was ruining concert experiences, as she said she saw two fans rush to the front of a Maggie Rogers show, who started yelling between pauses in the performances.

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