Concerts are magical because they are an escape from reality. For just a few short hours, it’s just you, the music and the artist/band. I’ve been to a handful of concerts so below are some tips and things that I have learned through my experiences.
Before the concert:
- Depending upon the concert and the desire to go, get tickets as soon as possible, especially if it’s a concert with assigned seating.
- Going off the first bullet, make a budget and try to stick to it. With arena shows, the closer the seat is the more it will cost. Concerts can get expensive really fast if you don’t pay attention to the numbers. If necessary, limit the amount of merchandise and food purchased.
- Have a plan of how to get there. It would be tragic to have a ticket and have no way of getting to the venue.
- If the show is general admission and you want to be near the stage, arrive an hour or two before the time that the doors open.
- Dress comfortably. If you’re going to be standing, don’t wear new shoes or ones that hurt to walk or stand in.
- Be sure to have everything needed before leaving. My essentials always include: fully charged electronics (phone, camera, etc.), money, and, most importantly, the ticket.
During the concert:
- Don’t worry so much on getting the perfect picture or video to post.
- If someone is rude, try to brush it off. Making a scene and fighting doesn’t solve anything.
- Be considerate of others. Try to not block anyone’s view or irritate others in any way.
- Know yourself. If the concert floor is standing room and you’re claustrophobic, try to avoid it or stand closer to the back.
- Don’t be afraid to dance and sing along (or even scream) the lyrics to the songs. If someone judges you, who cares?
- Make sure to stay hydrated and eat when necessary. The prices are outrageous, but health comes first.
- Enjoy the concert. Have fun!
- Rest upon arriving home. Take it somewhat easy the following day.
These are some of my personal tips that can, hopefully, be applied to most concerts. Here are some additional rules for concertgoers.