A beginners guide to all things concerts!
Live music is so much fun and everyone should have the opportunity to experience it. However, going to a concert for the first time can be intimidating. As a concert enthusiast and someone who has attended concerts as a hobby for the last five years, I’d like to share some of my tips for going to shows and concerts.
Firstly, I want to encourage everyone to experience live music. I used to be timid about going to concerts that were at venues I’d never been to or that I wouldn’t know enough of the songs that the artist was performing. I'm here to tell you that none of this matters. You don’t have to be a superfan or know all the ins and outs of your local music scene to have a good time. From small local venues to sold out arena tours, there is always an opportunity to have a good time and even find some new music that you enjoy!
Before you go to a concert, you should research your venue's policies. Some places do not allow bags, some only permit clear bags or bags under a certain size. A quick Google search can lead you to a venue's website and save you the hassle of not being able to bring something in. You can also find information about when the doors open for your event and when the show starts.
When going to see live music, it is advisable to go with someone else (especially if it is your first time). Make sure you have a planned meeting place if you get separated and a charged phone to contact them if needed. Make sure you have an established way to get home as well. If someone is picking you up, make sure they know when and where and that you can contact them. If you are using a ride share service, make sure the app is working on your phone and double check that you are getting in the right car. To be extra safe, you can even text someone who is not at the concert when you enter the ride service car and again when you get back home.
Something that's often overlooked is ear safety during concerts. Trust me, no one is going to judge you for bringing ear plugs. I can tell you firsthand that standing right in front of a speaker for a whole show without ear protection will have its consequences. What's more is that doing this consistently will damage your hearing over time. You will be fine if you don’t have any, but if you are going to a big stadium concert, plan on being close to the stage, or if you are a frequent concert goer you should probably use ear protection. Don't take the risk; slip some ear plugs into your bag before heading out.
Now, go: have fun, make friends, and sing your heart out! Maybe you’ll get a set list or catch a drumstick, but either way you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.