Whether you’re about to head off to your first ever concert or your 100th concert, so before you set foot in that stadium or arena, take a read of my 10 step go-to guide for heading to a concert:
- Don’t forget your tickets (and the printed versions too!)
The thought of carrying around your paper tickets may seem like potential hazard, but its super important not to just solely rely on the e-ticket on your phone. Be aware that for some venues e-tickets may not always suffice, so it’s always good to have a back-up.
Also, don’t forget your driver’s license or proof of age card if necessary (make sure you double-check your confirmation email).
- Get there early
Particularly if you are in general admission.
Don’t underestimate the importance of getting there as early as you can, even though you may have to line-up for hours in the hot sun, trust me it will be worth when you get to the front.
Also, you might even meet a new friend and also usually the atmosphere in the queue can be quite exciting as your surrounded by a lot of die-hard fans who will play all of the artist’s songs on repeat.
Annnd, don’t think you can get there at the last minute and sneak your way to the front, because you most likely won’t get remotely close to the front.
- Eat and drink before you go
Unless you want to splurge your whole bank account on incredibly expensive food and drinks, don’t even go there.
I would highly recommend eating a substantial meal before you set foot in the stadium, so you can stay energized and so you don’t have to face the terrible dilemma of deciding what on earth to with your half-finished beverage just before the concert starts.
Also, make sure you drink lots of water to keep hydrated because I guarantee you will work up a sweat.
- Do make sure you know most of the songs
This may sound stupid, but just a warning.
If you are going to a concert and only know a few hits you may not enjoy it as much as you think.
Essentially, just make sure you can sing and dance along to most of the songs otherwise you can feel a little left-out when the whole stadium is singing out to a hit that you don’t even know a word to.
In other words, do your research!!!
Just another thing, make sure you are going to a concert with the right people and what I mean by that is, people who aren’t afraid to go crazy and lose themselves in the music, because after all that is when you’ll have the most fun.
- Dress comfortably
This is particularly important if your planning on getting to the venue early to line-up.
Even more important, wear super comfy shoes because you’ll be on your feet for hours, and also wear as little make-up as possible because it’s likely you’ll sweat it off dancing.
- Bring as little as possible
Unless you want to lose some seriously valuable belongings, don’t bring anything super expensive.
You want to be living in that moment, so make sure anything valuable you bring is secure, for example kept in safely zipped pockets or a secure bag.
After all, you don’t want to get to the end of the night and lose your credit card, phone or cash.
- Pick your spot carefully
This advice is more for my general admission peeps. But when arriving, make sure that if you decide to stand at or near the front of the mosh be prepared to get a little squished and pushed. Personally, it’s better to be right up at the front on the barricade as you have space in front of you and are less likely to get pushed around.
But if you just want to chill, make sure you stay clear of the front and bop along at the back of the mosh.
- Look out for crowd-surfers
Hazard Alert!! Be careful of flying bodies, legs and arms.
Basically, make sure you are not on the receiving end.
- Don’t wear a bulky jacket
For two simple reasons:
- You will overheat; and
- You will have to hold onto the jacket for the whole night, which is going to be extremely annoying.
So, do yourself a favour and don’t even go there because it’s not fun!
- Do take videos and photos
Yep, there’s nothing wrong with taking some video’s and pictures of the memories of the night, just don’t let it consume you!!
Honestly, I always love looking through old concert footage so take some if you can.