Podcast: Fans behaving badly

Doja Cat is beefing with her own stans and no star is safe from being pelted with random objects during their live performances. Is this the year that music fandom fandom got out of control?

In 2023, social media has been flooded with footage of objects being hurled at musicians on stage – from phones, to vapes and bras.

We’ve also seen tension brew between hardcore fanbases and artists such as Doja Cat, Taylor Swift and Ethel Cain. For this week’s episode, we’re joined by Hannah Ewens – author of Fangirls: Scenes From Modern Music Culture – to discuss the increase in reckless behaviour at gigs, and the point when devoted fandom can turn toxic.


HOST Matthew Whitehouse EXECUTIVE EDITOR Davy Reed EDITOR Dan Lopez DIGITAL DIRECTOR Brooke McCord MUSIC Louis Culture

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