Concerts are some of the most fun events to attend. From the electrifying atmosphere to the excited crowd, concerts bring people together. However, there are also tips and tricks to make the night smoother. Ticket Liquidator is bringing you the do’s and don’ts of a concert experience, so you can have the best live concert experience imaginable.
Take selfies and pics before the headliner goes onstage.
Concerts are awesome memories that you should treasure for forever! It’s totally acceptable to take selfies and photos during the evening. However, try to take them before the performers go onstage, even if it’s just before the headliner. This is so others around you aren’t distracted by your photo shoot while trying to watch the show, and it’s so you can enjoy the show while it’s happening, too! In addition, the lighting is always better earlier on in the night, as headliners go on when it’s dark out or to a dark arena.
Sing-along to every song you know!
Over the years, artists have said in interviews that they don’t tour to sing their songs; they tour so that their fans can sing their songs back to them. This is completely true at a concert. The bigger the artist, the more people will know every single song and every single lyric. Enjoy the atmosphere that’s like no other: an ability to hear an artist live while also singing along to the artist’s best songs. Concerts are the perfect time to lose your voice over scream-singing.
Stand up (when most people around you are standing).
Many shows are in standing rooms at smaller venues. However, bigger venues include the struggle: stand or sit? Many people sit during the opening acts, as the crowd in general is more laidback. However, many people stand for the headlining artist. It’s part of the fun! On rare occasions will you be in a crowd that sits most of the time, and take note. Nobody wants to have their view blocked the entire time by the one person standing in the crowd. This is much less frequent than the standard exciting, rowdy crowds at shows. Expect fans who are just as excited as you are. Stand and cheer as much as you want.
Head to the bathroom halfway through the last song in a set.
If you know that the performer is on their last song, head out 30 seconds early to beat the rush to the bathroom in between sets. Trust me, it’s worth it.
Start leaving the venue partway through the encore.
This is along the same line as the bathroom suggestion. During the encore, it’s worthwhile to begin sneaking out of the venue unless you haven’t yet heard a song you’ve been DYING to hear. This sounds like you’re cutting your experience short, but truly, it’s the latter. It’s cutting the time in the parking lot short waiting for all of the traffic to pour out of the venue. Especially for stadium-size shows, sometimes you can sit for hours in a parking lot waiting for traffic to clear. Skip part of a song and hopefully beat the crowds.
Dress up in whatever crazy fandom attire you have.
Fans go all out for shows. Depending on the fan base and performer, this is as standard as it is fun. I’ve seen people arrive in lit-up outfits, with huge signs, and all other types of fandom gear in order to cheer on their favorite artist. Don’t be afraid to dress up, too! It’s not only unique (there’s only so many concerts to go to), but it shows your support for the performer. AND some artists (Taylor Swift) are known for sending their parents and friends out into the audience to find the most devoted, dressed-up fans to give them a meet-and-greet chance backstage. You never know!
Listen to the openers!!
Many concertgoers have a tendency to show up after the openers perform or not listen during the sets. This is because the tickets are purchased primarily for the headliners. Understandable, but it’s always a fun idea to listen to the opening acts! The headliner chose them as openers for a reason. Sometimes, you’ll walk away with a new favorite artist to listen to. It’s a great way to find new music live instead of through a streaming service or friend’s suggestion. Big tours also bring on popular opening acts, as well, so you never know: you could be getting the chance to see multiple of your favorite artists at one show.
Walk up and down the aisles nearby to get a different viewpoint of the stage.
Though concertgoers should mostly remain in their seats, try to move up and down the aisles at some point during the show to change your vantagepoint. Sometimes photo ops or a clearer view of the stage is only a little ways away from your seat. It’s worth trying to take in as much of the venue as possible during the show.
Take out your phone for the first song.
The second the headliner begins performing, everybody’s phones are out. The biggest stars have commented in interviews about walking out onstage to thousands of phones instead of faces. Though there are aspects of social media and technology that are exciting, it’s also disheartening to spend money to go to an event when the entire night is dedicated to filming and capturing the memory for later. Therefore, put your phone away for the first song. You will be one of the only people actually watching the performance with your own eyes.
In addition, many of the most exciting and fun parts of the set are not placed at the very beginning. Your Instagram-worthy moment is not during the opening song, promise. If you’re looking for over-the-top spectacle, wait until the encore or partway through the set when the artist will try to liven up the crowd again.
Make 10 beer runs while sitting in the middle of a row.
We’ve all been there. Ideal aisle seat, easy access in-and-out all night. And then some guy in the middle acts like they have the row all to themselves. Drinking is fun, concerts are fun, and they’re super fun together! However, no matter the need: drinks, food, or otherwise, there’s no need to constantly get in and out of the row and disturb everyone else’s evening. Be polite and respectful of this. It’ll help make sure you’re not THAT guy.
Spend your night badmouthing the performers.
Sometimes, artists don’t live up to the expectations. Whether it’s mic issues, a different taste in openers, or live-versus-recorded styling, sometimes the artist doesn’t display the type of performance you want to see. That’s okay. What’s not okay is letting everyone else around you know how you feel. Remember that a song you like or don’t like might be the favorite ever of the person sitting next to you. Try not to hurt anyone’s feelings if your opinions are negative. A concert can last hours, and it’s a long time to be standing or sitting near people who feel differently.
Be so focused on Snapchatting or getting the perfect Insta that you forget to actually watch.
This correlates to the first “don’t,” as well. When you leave at the end of the night, make sure you feel like you were really present for the concert. Performers across genres have noted a sadness to feeling like they don’t really see people onstage anymore. It’s important to remember that the concert, the in-person experience, is the most important part. Concerts can automatically lift moods and bring strangers together. It’s an ode to the power of music and is truly a special experience.
Also, nobody wants your 10 Snapchat story videos of one show. Nobody.
Buy your dinner at the venue.
Depending on the night of the week or your schedule, you might be in a rush to get to the show. Many venues have an extraordinary food selection to choose from. However, venue prices are notoriously expensive. From water bottles to a full-blown meal, save the cash for the merch stands or for your next show.
Forget to check the weather forecast!
Outdoor venues can be wonderful especially during a beautiful summer night. However, the weather can also heavily influence an outdoor show. Be sure to check the weather even if that means looking at the weather for the day or two before the show. (Hint: If it has rained during the few days before the show, there’s a chance the lawn or grass are still muddy even if it’s sunny the day of the show!) Checking the weather can make the concert that much more fun if you’re prepared.