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Drumming
Posted by: Old Col (IP Logged)
Date: 12 May, 2019 12:34

If there is one thing I hate at a rugby match (is it a crime to do so ? ) it is the drumming at Wasps and at London Irish . Really intrusive ,mostly for the benefit of the drummers and deadening to the enjoyment of the game. I wonder if it affects the players not used to it. Should it be banned?--I for one do not want to be forced to listen to it.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: West Brom Warrior (IP Logged)
Date: 12 May, 2019 12:49

If the players are distracted by drumming in the crowd they are in the wrong profession and you are not forced to listen to it you decide to go to an area where crowd noise is expected, as long as there is nothing in the stadium rules banning musical instruments then the drummers are not doing anything wrong.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: TeflonTed (IP Logged)
Date: 12 May, 2019 13:35

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If the players are distracted by drumming in the crowd they are in the wrong profession and you are not forced to listen to it you decide to go to an area where crowd noise is expected, as long as there is nothing in the stadium rules banning musical instruments then the drummers are not doing anything wrong.

Youíve clearly never been seated directly in front of them.

Itís a bit like the loud buzzing at the Ricoh when the opposition run out.....not against stadium rules, just bloody rude.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: Abmatt (IP Logged)
Date: 12 May, 2019 13:53

I detest it. And WBW as for saying youíre not forced to listen to it, you canít escape it at the Ricoh. It reverberates around the ground, then to make things worse they walk round.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: WorcesterSauce (IP Logged)
Date: 12 May, 2019 14:44

Drums at sporting events can be used very well to a teams advantage. It can keep fans in rhythm and generally help with the singing/chanting. Unfortunately at Irish/Wasps they are used in a way that, as Old Col says, purely benefits the drummers. In rugby at least, they tend to kill the atmosphere rather than create it. Iím sure they are banned at Sixways...

Re: Drumming
Posted by: Malvern Man (IP Logged)
Date: 12 May, 2019 16:43

But not the trumpet!

Re: Drumming
Posted by: West Brom Warrior (IP Logged)
Date: 12 May, 2019 17:40

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I detest it. And WBW as for saying youíre not forced to listen to it, you canít escape it at the Ricoh. It reverberates around the ground, then to make things worse they walk round.

Are there no exits at the stadium?

Re: Drumming
Posted by: Abmatt (IP Logged)
Date: 12 May, 2019 19:36

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I detest it. And WBW as for saying youíre not forced to listen to it, you canít escape it at the Ricoh. It reverberates around the ground, then to make things worse they walk round.

Are there no exits at the stadium?

Yes, and I used them at the end of the match

Re: Drumming
Posted by: West Brom Warrior (IP Logged)
Date: 13 May, 2019 09:35

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I detest it. And WBW as for saying youíre not forced to listen to it, you canít escape it at the Ricoh. It reverberates around the ground, then to make things worse they walk round.

Are there no exits at the stadium?

Yes, and I used them at the end of the match

Fine but don't go to a ground where you know there will be drumming and then moan about the drumming. You decide to go and therefore subject yourself to the drumming noises. Its like going to a concert and moaning about the music.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: TVM Rides Again (IP Logged)
Date: 13 May, 2019 09:39

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I detest it. And WBW as for saying youíre not forced to listen to it, you canít escape it at the Ricoh. It reverberates around the ground, then to make things worse they walk round.

Are there no exits at the stadium?

Yes, and I used them at the end of the match

Fine but don't go to a ground where you know there will be drumming and then moan about the drumming. You decide to go and therefore subject yourself to the drumming noises. Its like going to a concert and moaning about the music.

It does seem to be something of a case of 2 parties stubbornly saying - 'NO - you must do it the way I want!'

Maybe I am just a bit jaded, but if this sort of thing is the thing you have in life you are the most agitated about you a blessed indeed.

Maybe I'm just jealous smiling smiley

Re: Drumming
Posted by: Powick Eastander (IP Logged)
Date: 13 May, 2019 09:40

Would you pass up the chance to go to Clermont? they have one or two drummers.. (Sm100)



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Re: Drumming
Posted by: Griff (IP Logged)
Date: 13 May, 2019 11:48

Hello Wuss folks. London Irish (say it quietly...) drummer here. I fully understand that some people don't like what we do but we do get quite a lot of feedback and incredibly it is, in the main, positive. Especially from the players who have said on many occasions they miss the drums when we're away from home.
At the MadStad (at least next season) we're situated at the North end of the East stand - best place to avoid us is either South of the West or possibly the East (you could argue the sound has a lot of dampeners between you and it if you're in the same stand - but obviously you're closer).
We do try and do a less-is-more approach but sometimes people are very quiet in our huge soulless concrete bowl so we try and get some interaction going.
The reason we employed drums was after a visit to Toulouse where we were impressed with theirs and thought it might be a way to get our crowds making some noise.
I hope you enjoy your last visit to Irish at Reading this year.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: TeflonTed (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2019 11:50

Griff, thanks for the well reasoned and calm post......and welcome back.

While weíre on the subject of stadium behaviour, Iíd be interested in your thoughts on pa usage, particularly while the game in in play.

Both at your place and The Ricoh itís my observation that the power of the pa is used to attempt to increase home support and/or intimidate the opposition at certain times.

Itís one thing, after a score, for Caimh to announce the current score and finish with ď Come ON you Irish...Ē, itís quite another to use the few seconds while the teams walk to a line-out or scrum to again use the pa to encourage the home crowd to raise the noise levels. The game is in play, and I think itís inappropriate.

Caimh does it often, as does the bloke at the Ricoh, and to a lesser extent it occurs at The Stoop, where the Mighty Quin jingle is used during play.

I donít think it fits with the degree of respect that is usually offered to visiting teams, and it really winds some supporters up. And the more supporters get wound up by what they consider unacceptable the more we edge towards spectator segregation being thought a good thing, which Iím sure we all agree would be a disaster for the craic.

And you boys love the craic now!

Re: Drumming
Posted by: Griff (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2019 13:49

Ted,

I'm very much in agreement with you there, except I don't think Caimh does it that often - that might be my bias obvs (I've not been to the Ricoh but don't remember it being so egregious at Adams Park). I'd be happy to see RFU/PRL regulate use of PAs (and drums/instruments) if it comes to that. I don't think we're anywhere near crowd segregation (and hooray for that) basically because the vast majority of rugby supporters can identify when they're being wound-up and ignore it.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: ROLLO (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2019 15:03

I am very pleased that Sixways is a drum free area and that our PA is respectful to the opposition.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2019 15:09

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I am very pleased that Sixways is a drum free area and that our PA is respectful to the opposition.

Fully agree. I think that Dave Bradley gets it just right - always welcoming visitors and wishing them a safe journey home.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: TeflonTed (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2019 17:08

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Ted,
I'm very much in agreement with you there, except I don't think Caimh does it that often - that might be my bias obvs (I've not been to the Ricoh but don't remember it being so egregious at Adams Park). I'd be happy to see RFU/PRL regulate use of PAs (and drums/instruments) if it comes to that. I don't think we're anywhere near crowd segregation (and hooray for that) basically because the vast majority of rugby supporters can identify when they're being wound-up and ignore it.

Itís an opportunity for some research next season isnít it.

Youíll be on TV quite a lot Iíd expect, and weíll be able to see whatís what. With regard to spectator behaviour Iím very aware of the thin end of the wedge!!. We have an ex-footie import near us whoís been in his season ticket seat for 4 years, and still spends the entire game shouting at Sir and calling him a muppet for virtually every decision that goes against us, and Iíd cheerfully thump him if I thought I could get away with it.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: Old Col (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2019 20:28

Well ,Griff said it ---HIS players will miss it--I dare say the players of 10 other clubs will not.I certainly do not want to be deterred from supporting my club at certain away matches by being forced to listen to something I find intrudes on the game and is knowingly designed to put the the visiting team off. I.E. Not go or listen to a contiuous loud hammering sound.Lousy choice.Nice post by Griff--why not take a proper vote from spectators--a simple voting slip with the tickets and give those who do not like it a chance to express themselves , E.G do you want drumming -yes or no.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: West Brom Warrior (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2019 21:41

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Well ,Griff said it ---HIS players will miss it--I dare say the players of 10 other clubs will not.I certainly do not want to be deterred from supporting my club at certain away matches by being forced to listen to something I find intrudes on the game and is knowingly designed to put the the visiting team off. I.E. Not go or listen to a contiuous loud hammering sound.Lousy choice.Nice post by Griff--why not take a proper vote from spectators--a simple voting slip with the tickets and give those who do not like it a chance to express themselves , E.G do you want drumming -yes or no.

Sorry you are not forced to listen to it you make a decision to go to grounds where there is drumming that is free will.

I again repeat if the players are put off by drumming they are in the wrong profession. The drumming in that respect is no different to the crowd making some noise at a throw in but hopefully nobody is going to start complaining about that.

Re: Drumming
Posted by: Garym (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2019 21:55

Compare and contrast the difference between the two European finals over the weekend. All French affair and the crowd are really noisy as expected during the kick, while on Saturday it was quiet as you could get. In both cases it was the cultural norm for that country, but you know well that Carlings old mates (the crusty old farts) would be up in arms over the noise on Friday. They also had plenty of drums and added to the experience/atmosphere. I for one loved it, if you want a library experience, go to the library



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