Rock On!: 6 Tips For Attending a Concert

Rock On! - Six Tips for Attending a Concert

I love concerts! I still remember the day that my mother took me to see Drake in concert. It was one my favorite experiences. I’ll never forget the lights, dancing, and excitement. I talked about that concerts for months. I’ve been several concerts since that day, and while concerts can be an enjoyable experience. It can also be stressful, so I’ve gathered six tips to make your concert-going experience a breeze.

 

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1. Go Early! - On your ticket there will be two times listed. One time says “Doors open at” and the other times says “Concert Time.” I will always recommend getting to venue as early as possible. You should get there before the doors open. Oftentimes venues will open their doors hours before the concert starts. This allows you to purchase merchandise before it gets too crowded, and grab a meal with your friends. You can also charge your phone, and explore the venue. Getting their early lets you beat the crowds and avoid the traffic.

2. Buy off-site food - Venue food is expensive. They purposely raise the prices of their food, because they know you have no choice but to buy it. I always eat at a restaurant that is located near the venue. The food is less expensive, and you can use the money you save, to buy merchandise.

3. Splurge on merchandise - Let’s be real here: Merchandise is way overpriced. A t-shirt could easily cost you between $35-$50. I understand that is costly expense, so here’s how I decide if I want to spend the money. If this an artist that I’m not sure if I would be able to see again, then I will buy the merchandise. Also don’t feel pressure to buy merchandise at the venue, it can also be purchased online. These concerts are often times once in a lifetime experiences, so I tend to splurge on the merchandise.

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4. Parking - Parking can be frustrating. There are thousands of people attending these concerts, and they all need places to park their cars. If you want to park close to the venue, for an easy escape, then it will cost you more money. I would park further away from the venue, and pay less money. Also if you don’t mind paying a little bit more, then I would take a Uber/Lyft/Taxi to the venue.

5. Put your phone down - Look, I get it. You want to capture this epic experience, and maybe you even promised your friends you would take videos and pictures. If your holding your phone up the whole time, then you are missing the experience. Just put your phone down, and enjoy the experience that is happening around you.

6. Post-Concert Sadness - Once the concert is over, you will be sad. You did all the preparation for the concert and in a matter of hours it’s over. You have the ticket, t-shirt, and memories, but it just doesn’t feel the same. Don’t worry. Your favorite artist will hit the road again, and hopefully you will be able to attend another concert.

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These are my expert tips for surviving a concert. I hope this will help you plan your next event, and make your concert-going experience so much easier.

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