This has been a pleasure denied us for most of the past year-and-a-half, which makes its return this bank holiday weekend such a cause for rejoicing.
Whether they be the vast outdoors crowds revelling in the music at Leeds Festival, or audiences transfixed by intimate performances at Yorkshire’s smallest venues, this sharing of experiences is truly special.
And it is no less precious to performers.
As the acclaimed Sheffield singer Richard Hawley observes today, nothing compares to playing for an audience.
Whether indoors or out, the bond between those on stage and their audiences is life-affirming for both. How we have all missed that. And how wonderful it is to have it back.