When indies Visual kei bands gain a certain number of fans, a fair amount of them will post notices on their homepage outlining some basic rules for fans. They usually includes things like, “no saving spots at event shows using towels or other merchandise,” “please don’t bring in large suitcases or luggage,” or “no shikiri (in basic terms, someone who tries to control that band’s ticket numbers and/or where fans can stand at shows.”
That being said, there aren’t a lot of bands that actually enforce these rules. Without proof or without complaints from several people, the bands don’t normally take action. It leads one to think that maybe those “rules” are just on their website to prevent any liability issues.
Tensai. is not one of those bands. When fans complained that someone (or multiple people)* had been violating the “no saving spots” rule at their show on November 4, they did what many bands don’t: they banned them from coming to Tensai. shows anymore, as of November 5.
If you haven’t been a part of the Japanese Visual kei scene before, you may be thinking, “How can they stop one person/several people from going to all their shows?” Usually, bands will have fans that go to shows regularly enough to know each other pretty well. If a banned person was at a show, chances are that one of their regulars would also be there and let staff or the band know.
For those of you in Japan – what do you think? Do you know any other bands that have enforced these rules? Are there bands that you wish would enforce them more? Let us know in a comment.
*Editor’s Note: Since the plural form of nouns doesn’t exist in Japanese, it’s difficult to determine the number of objects being discussed unless numerically specified. Because of this, we can’t say with confidence whether just one fan was banned or if multiple fans were banned.