We often look forward to concerts for weeks or even months, imagining the eargasm our favourite bands and artists will bestow on us. Although we don’t always know what the show will entail, we do have certain expectations about the experience.
Unfortunately, our interpretations of the overall concert can be affected by a slew of things that accompany the reality of live music.
Here are a few tips to ensure you have the best possible time, every time.
1. Use the bathroom right before the show starts
I cannot stress this enough – especially for ladies. Bathroom lines at concerts are a whole other ball game, so to avoid absurdly long line ups and bladder infections, use the facilities right before the concert – freeing you to indulge in any beverages you’d like.
- Protip: If you do need to go during the show, time it correctly. I recommend just halfway through the set list, during a song that you don’t mind missing. The more the show progresses, the better each song will get.
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2. Acquire multiple beverages prior to claiming your territory
If you decide to indulge in some adult beverages during the concert, make sure you grab at least 2 before heading in. This is not intended for you to guzzle them all right away. But if you know you’re going to want more than one, save yourself the trouble of weaseling your way in and out of the crowd, to meet yet another long line at the bar, and then frustrating everyone as you weasel your way back to your spot (if it still exists).
- Protip: When navigating your way through the sea of people, remember to hold your arms up high to avoid the drinks spilling all over you.
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3. Elbows up
I like to dance at concerts, and I also like when I’m not being used as a sweaty arm rest. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t be afraid to have your elbows up. Let’s be clear – I’m not saying to strong-arm anyone or start a fight, I just mean it’s okay to gently nudge someone’s body off of your back, or to create a barrier for your head from being clocked by someone jumping.
- Protip: Elbows up is critical if you plan on moving through the crowd.
4. Patience is a virtue
This one is extremely important if you want to really enjoy yourself. As mentioned in my previous post, you come across all walks of life at concerts. With that said, we all need to be mindful of the fact that everyone in the room is there for the same reason – to enjoy the music. Everyone will go about this differently, and there’s no harm in practicing a little more patience when it comes to people’s behaviour (at fun-loving events such as concerts). Just go with the flow, let things roll off you. Don’t let somebody else’s actions kill your vibes. If you’re that annoyed, just mosey on over somewhere else.
5. Unobtrusively getting to the front
I totally understand wanting to get closer to the stage, and I am fully guilty of this. However, try not to start from the back and move directly forward, cutting through rows upon rows of people (who have probably all been there long before you). If you can, try to move along the outer sides of the crowd, and once you have made it as close as you want, cut in sideways. This way you piss off the minimum amount of people and get a better view as well.
- Protip: Say sorry a lot. Have spatial awareness. Be consciousnesses of your height (i.e. who you’re blocking/who’s blocking you). And keep pointing to your real or imaginary friends up front to create some sort of end point.
6. Appreciate the performance
Try to go into the concert with minimal expectations to avoid any disappointment. It is the artist’s prerogative to play one of the songs differently, or change a verse or two. If they want to play new songs or covers, be welcoming of that. If the song doesn’t sound exactly like the studio version, that’s okay. Songs are pieces of their art and they are allowed to change it, rather than reproducing a carbon copy over and over again. It took me a long time to accept this. I wanted to hear a song exactly the way I’d listened to it, but begun appreciating each live creation.
7. Don’t look up the set list
Some people disagree with this, but I think it’s the number one way evoke disappointment at a concert. I don’t want to be aware of the fact that I’m getting a reproduction of every show they’ve played on tour. I also don’t want to be let down when I’m looking forward to a certain song in the set only to realize it’s been swapped out. Bask in the spontaneity!
- Protip: Enjoy playing the game of guessing the next song, proving your loyal fanship.
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8. Put the phone down
I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it. It’s not worth it. By all means, get some videos of your favourite moments, snap a couple of pictures. There have been times where I’ve been upset I didn’t take more videos because I wanted to watch a certain part of the show again. But don’t spend the concert posting the entire performance on Instagram or Snapchat because I can guarantee two things:
a) You won’t re-watch them after a week.
b) Nobody else cares to watch them either.
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Just live in the moment.
These are only a few tips I follow to ensure a memorable night. What are some of the tricks you swear by?
Featured image sourced from Autostraddle