There’s absolutely nothing that compares to seeing your favorite band live in concert. They say you should never meet your heroes, but when you go to a concert, the stigma doesn’t ring true.
However, to have a perfect concert experience, there are a few extra steps you should take beforehand to avoid any negative issues. Keep reading for a quick guide on everything you should do to prepare for your next concert!
1. Get Your Tickets in Advance
First, you should never leave buying your tickets until the last minute, especially if you’re seeing a popular band or want to go to a concert with limited seating. Buy your tickets well in advance to make sure you get the seats you want and actually get to see the concert.
Additionally, the sooner you buy them, the cheaper they’ll most likely be. Ticket prices tend to rise the closer it gets to the night of the concert.
It shouldn’t be too difficult, as nearly all concerts sell tickets online. Additionally, you can typically check out upcoming events on the websites of venues, bands, and concert sponsors.
2. Choose the Right People to Go With
Perhaps before you buy tickets, you should round up the people you want to go to a concert with. The right people can make all the difference in the world when it comes to enjoying your concert experience. You and your fellow concert-goers should be like-minded.
For example, do you like sitting up in the stadium, or do you want to be on the floor mosh pitting it up? Whatever your particular style of concert attending is, make sure you don’t go with someone who will harsh your mellow.
3. Pick the Right Outfit
Next, fully enjoying a concert means feeling comfortable in the clothes you’re in. For example, if you know you’re going to be in a warm indoor arena and participating in a mosh pit, you might not want to dress too warmly. You’ll be sweating through your clothes after only a few songs.
Alternatively, if you go to a concert outside, it could be chilly and you’ll want to dress appropriately to stay warm. It’s hard to enjoy a concert if you’re sitting there shivering the entire time.
Finally, if you’re the type who likes to get down and dance your heart out while listening to live music, make sure you wear something that will allow you to move freely and unencumbered.
4. Fuel Up
One of the biggest mistakes people make before they go to a concert is failing to eat enough. They find themselves getting hungry and even light-headed and hour or two in.
While most concerts have concession stands, the food is typically overpriced and decidedly gross. We recommend going out to eat beforehand and making an event of the entire night rather than just the concert. However, make sure you don’t make yourself sick by over-eating!
5. Talk About It on Social Media
Facebook has nearly 2.4 billion users, and you’re probably one of them. Feel free to post about your upcoming concert you’ll be attending to share the exciting news with your friends and followers. Heck, you may even lure some of them into coming with you.
However, if you’re taking a picture of your tickets as part of your post, be sure you don’t take a picture of the barcode. People looking to get a free concert may be able to use that bar code at the venue to get in, which will raise a red flag if you try to get in using the same tickets.
6. Figure Out the Logistics
Another important step while preparing to go to a concert if figuring out how everything’s going to play out. This includes transportation, car-pooling, parking, dining, designated drivers, etc.
This is especially important if you’re traveling out of town or state to attend the concert. The more distance and steps there are between you and the concert, the more important it is for you to hammer everything out to perfection.
7. Prepare for the Environment
Next, you need to make sure you prepare for the environment of the concert. We already talked about clothing, so what else is there?
Well, if the concert is outside during the day, you’ll want to bring sunglasses to avoid squinting during the whole concert and sunblock to avoid getting sunburnt. You may also want to bring an umbrella for shade (or in case it rains).
Depending on the time of year and the area the concert is being held in, it might be beneficial to bring bug spray as well. It would be difficult to enjoy your favorite musicians if you were being eaten alive by mosquitos the entire time.
8. Get to the Venue Early
Another top tip for going to a concert is to make sure you arrive early. For big-name artists with thousands of people attending, you can expect long lines at the entrance, even if you already have tickets.
If you’re going to be standing around for an extra hour or two, it’s probably better to do it at the front of the line than in the back of the line. The last thing you want to do is miss out on some of the opening songs because you’re stuck outside.
9. Bring the Essentials
Next, when you go to a concert, you need to bring along the essentials. If you’re planning on drinking, you’ll need your ID to ensure you’ll be able to acquire drinks. You’ll also want to make sure you have your phone in case you need to call someone to pick you up if you had a few too many.
Additionally, if your ears are sensitive, make sure you bring some earplugs to block out some of the loudness. No one ever seems fully prepared for how loud concerts are, especially if you get seated next to the speakers.
10. Warm Up with Your Favorite Songs
Finally, before you go to the concert, make sure you refresh yourself on all your favorite songs from that artist. It’ll help you and your friends get amped up for the concert.
Alternatively, if you’re going to see a band you don’t typically listen to, taking some time to familiarize yourself with their music can help you enjoy listening to it live.
Getting Ready to Go to a Concert?
When you go to a concert, make sure you stay safe and make good choices. There’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks, but you shouldn’t drink so much that you don’t even remember the concert the next day!
Stay safe and enjoy yourself. And be sure to check out the rest of our articles before you go!