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The purpose of this ethnographic study is to focus on the music, venue, social influences on performer-audience relationships and social identity of youth sub-culture. Through field researchobservations I will examine the audience and performance participants from two separate musical performances carried out on the same night. The field research took place on thursday the 17th of March, 2016 at the two story bar, restaurant and venue Boney. I was influenced by the choice of venue for its hip-hop reputation, and the reason for carrying out my study on this particular night was based on the hip-hop Open-mic night that is supposedly held every second thursday.Venue:The venue is situated on a side street in the CBD of Melbourne close to nearby public transport.Immediately after entering the venue, it was obvious that it promoted predominantly a youth culture. The colourful neon lights behind the bar combined with the Dj playing electronic club music on the lower floor made it clear that the venue presented itself with an emphasis on a ‘party’ styled atmosphere. The lower floor was where the restaurant was located, with tables andchairs provided for eating patrons. Upstairs it was a relatively small room with a bar, low ceiling, posters on the wall and stage to one corner. The age bracket of patron within the venue appeared to be between 18-35. Throughout the night I noticed that majority of patrons were consuming alcohol and thought this worthy of noting due to its effects on social interactions.Open Mic Performance:The open mic performance started with three instrumental musicians comprising of a keys/synthplayer, a bass player and a drummer playing a hip-hop styled groove without introduction. First observation made was the choice of fashion influencing the instrumental performers. Not only were the musicians playing instrumental hip-hop orientated music, they also wore stereotypical hip-hop clothes similar to what you'd see in a modern day rap video (caps, NBA merchandise, hip-hop merchandise). After this first observation I immediately noticed a similar fashion trend with the members of the crowd. Much like the instrumentalists on stage approximately 70% of the audience members were wearing at least one item of hip-hop appropriate attire. This established communal attire can be linked to Shukar’s argument that members of youth subcultures “utilize symbolic elements to construct an identity outside the restraints of class and education, an identity that places them squarely outside of the conservative mainstream society”1Initially there seemed to be a segregation between band and crowd. The crowd were a few meters away from the stage and whilst aware of the performance a fraction of people were still mingling amongst their social circles. Once the band verbally introduced themselves as an openmic segment for rappers and emcees to get up and freestyle, the coordinator of the night immediately got behind the mic and started rapping. Its interesting to note here that as soon as

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