Concerts are exciting and fun. They are a great way to see your favorite music artists in person. However, there are some important and useful things to consider as you are planning to attend the concert. Go through this list to help make your experience an outstanding one.
The first step in a great concert experience is to make sure you get your tickets purchased. For the most popular artists, you may have to act quickly when the tickets first go on sale to get the best seats and prices.
Every concert venue has their own unique way of handling the issue of parking. Most venues list information about parking on their websites. You may even be able to buy a premium parking ticket before the show to reserve a spot. If the concert venue is in a major city, consider public transportation if it is an option. This may save significant hassles finding a parking spot before the show and trying to navigate traffic after the show.
Listen to the Artist's Music
Any concert is better when you are intimately familiar with the artist's music. Consider purchasing CD's or downloading tracks before you go to the show. Most artists don't play shows featuring only the hits. You'll need to listen to entire albums to be very familiar with what will be played.
Make a Budget
Tickets and parking are not the only costs associated with going to a concert. Once you get there food, drinks, CD's, concert t-shirts, and more are for sale. It's all tempting, but you will feel better about your purchases if you make a budget before the show and stick to it.
Bring These Things With You
- Cell Phone and/or Camera - In the past concert venues did not allow recording devices or cameras of any kind. Today, professional recording equipment and cameras are still never allowed, but most cell phones and small cameras are fine.
- Items to Be Autographed - Your chances of getting an autograph from the headlining artist are slim. However, the opening act is often available to sign autographs later in the evening. Don't forget a CD or T-Shirt for them to sign.
- If Outdoors, Bring Blankets and/or Lawn Chairs - Sitting on the ground for hours can feel pretty hard...and blankets prevent grass stains.
I know many music fans hate the idea of wearing earplugs to a concert. However, losing your hearing is worse. The volume of sound at concerts, particularly indoor concerts, will damage your hearing with prolonged exposure. Earplugs are cheap and easy to use, so make a quick stop at a pharmacy on your way to the show and rest assured you will have your hearing intact for many concerts to come.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Most concert venues have concrete flooring. At many concerts, you spend more time standing than sitting. Standing on concrete for many hours is bound to make your feet and legs sore. A pair of comfortable shoes will help.
Make a Sign
Signs are one of the ultimate ways to show your devotion to your favorite artist. Buy a large piece of poster board and decorate it with markers, paint, glitter, etc. You might even get spotted by video cameras and projected on a large screen at the show.