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Wear What You Want

Since I started going to concerts, it has been highly debated whether it is acceptable to wear merch of the band you are seeing in concert. As ridiculous as that may seem, there is reasoning behind it. Concerts used to be the way to spread the word of bands like the one you are seeing, specifically obscure ones that others may not have heard of. However, we now live in the age of the internet so we can find music much easier. That being said, what you wear to a concert is not what is important, I promise no one is even paying attention. There have been times when I went to a show in a dress and full makeup and other times I go in sweat pants. Just go in what makes your comfortable and happy.

Pay Attention to the Opening Acts

I know sitting through a set list from a band that you’ve never heard of can be difficult at times, but there is usually something that you can get out of their music. They are up there performing for you so the least you can do is get off your cellphone and dance a little. Typically, an opening band hasn’t played for a big crowd before so they are probably stoked to be there and that feeling can be killed quickly if no one is having a good time. Just be respectful and give them a chance, you may find your next favorite band.

               

Get There Early/On Time

Again, opening acts are very excited to be there, when you come out early to see them they will try to put on a good show for you. There are always those people who come in late and try to push their way through the crowd, don’t be that person. If you want to be able to seem you need to be their early enough to get a spot close to the stage especially if you’re a bit shorter side like myself.

Limit Phone Use

When audience members are on their phones the entire time, artists assume they aren’t enjoying the show.  I understand wanting to remember the night, but you need to learn to live for the experience because these memories are something you will cherish. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t take videos or pictures, but some people record the entire set and I don’t see how you can enjoy the show looking at it through a screen when you could do that at home for free.

Don’t Take Your Drinks into the Middle of the Crowd

This should be self-explanatory, but I have been to multiple shows where I leave covered in beer. If you are 21 and over, alcohol can make a show more fun but please don’t ruin it for everyone else by being a jerk.

 Don’t Talk/Scream at the Performers

Sometimes artists will stop the set to speak and during this time there is always that one person that yells something inappropriate to the artist. Typically, if the performer is explaining the meaning to their song, it is usually of a serious manner and it's very disrespectful to interrupt them. They know you love them and they appreciate your love, but maybe tell them in a more appropriate manner.

Have Fun

Overall, concerts are meant to be a fun experience and they are a good way to escape and express yourself. So, sing as loud as you can and dance until you can’t feel your legs. Go to as many concerts as you can because you will only regret the shows that you didn’t go to.

My name is Kelsey Haught and I'm an English major with a concentration in literature at California University of Pennsylvania. This is my first year writing for HerCampus and I am very excited to be a part of the team!
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