Coughing and Clapping: Investigating Audience Experience explores the processes and experiences of attending live music events from the initial decision to attend through to audience responses and memories of a performance after it has happened. The book brings together international researchers who consider the experience of being an audience member from a range of theoretical and empirical perspectives. Whether enjoying a drink at a jazz gig, tweeting at a pop concert or suppressing a cough at a classical recital, audience experience is affected by motivation, performance quality, social atmosphere and group and personal identity. Drawing on the implications of these experiences and attitudes, the authors consider the question of what makes an audience, and argue convincingly for the practical and academic value of that question.

chapter 1|4 pages


section 2|130 pages

During the Event

chapter 6|14 pages

The Value of ‘Being There’

How the Live Experience Measures Quality for the Audience

chapter 7|20 pages

In the Heat of the Moment

Audience Real-time Response to Music and Dance Performance

chapter 8|12 pages

Texting and Tweeting at Live Music Concerts

Flow, Fandom and Connecting with other Audiences through Mobile Phone Technology

chapter 9|14 pages

Moving the Gong

Exploring the Contexts of Improvisation and Composition

chapter 10|12 pages

Context, Cohesion and Community

Characteristics of Festival Audience Members' Strong Experiences with Music

chapter 12|16 pages

‘The Gigs I've Gone To’

Mapping Memories and Places of Live Music

chapter 13|12 pages

Warts and All

Recording the Live Music Experience 1

chapter 14|16 pages

Staying Behind

Explorations in Post-performance Musician–Audience Dialogue

chapter 15|6 pages