I’m going to my first concert. What are some things I should keep in mind?
1. Arrive Early
It’s a good idea to arrive at the venue early so you can get familiar with the layout and find your seat or spot before the concert starts. You may also want to arrive early to explore the venue, grab a snack or drink, or meet other fans. Arriving early can also help you avoid the crowds and lines that can form as the concert start time approaches.
2. Dress Comfortably
Comfort is key when attending a concert, so make sure to wear clothes that allow you to move and dance freely, if you’re in to that sort of thing. Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing, as well as anything that could cause discomfort, such as high heels or shoes that are too tight. You’ll also want to dress appropriately for the venue and the weather, as many concerts take place outdoors or with open roofs.
Concerts are loud, and prolonged exposure to loud noise will damage your hearing. You may have heard people describe their ears “ringing” the day (or more) after a concert. To protect your hearing, bring a pair of earplugs with you. You can purchase disposable earplugs at most drugstores or online, or invest in a pair of high-quality earplugs that are designed specifically for concerts. Some convert venues will have them for sale before the show.
4. Stay Hydrated
It’s important to stay hydrated during a concert, especially if you’re dancing and singing along to the music. Bring a water bottle with you or purchase one at the venue. Most venues will allow you to bring an empty reusable water bottle that can be filled at the venue. Others may require you to purchase water from their concession stands. It’s good to know before-hand – this way you can bring your own water and spend your money on swag instead!
5. Respect Others’ Space
Concerts can be crowded, and personal space can be hard to come by. Be mindful of those around you and try to respect their personal space. Avoid pushing or shoving, and be careful not to spill your drink on anyone. If you’re in a standing section, try to leave some space between yourself and the people around you. Of course, if you’re trying to get as close as possible to the front of the stage, you may have to give up your personal space. For some, it’s well worth it!
6. Be Prepared for the Crowd
Speaking of, concerts can be crowded and chaotic, so it’s important to be prepared for the crowd. Keep your belongings close to you and be aware of your surroundings. Keep your phone and valuables in your front pockets, and wear your backpack on your front. If you’re in a standing section, be prepared to stand for a long period of time and potentially be jostled by the crowd.
7. Enjoy The Moment
Concerts can be an incredibly fun and memorable experience, so don’t get too caught up in taking pictures or videos. Take the time to enjoy the moment and the music, and soak up the atmosphere around you. If you want to take pictures or videos, try to do so without obstructing anyone’s view or being too disruptive.
8. Know the Artist’s Music
Know the artist’s music: Knowing the artist’s music can enhance your experience and make it easier to sing along and enjoy the performance. Listen to the artist’s music in the days leading up to the concert to get familiar with their style and lyrics. You may also want to research the artist’s background and history to gain a deeper appreciation for their music.
9. Be Respectful of the Artist and Other Fans
Remember that everyone is there to enjoy the music and have a good time. Be respectful of the artist and their performance, and avoid disruptive or disrespectful behavior. This can include not yelling out requests or heckling the artist, and not being too rowdy or aggressive in the crowd. Try to be considerate of those around you and enjoy the concert in a positive and respectful manner.
10. Follow the Rules
Each venue may have its own set of rules and regulations, so make sure to familiarize yourself with them before going. This can include rules about what items you’re allowed to bring, where you can and can’t go, and how to behave during the concert. Not following the rules can get you ejected from the show, and no one wants that to happen.