You already have the tickets! The date of the concert is approaching! Do you want to know what you should do to be prepared? There are a lot of things to remember before going out to have fun at a day or night concert, which can be a bit overwhelming. If you're new to going to concerts or just want to have everything ready to ensure a great experience, read on.
Part 1 of 5: Gather your supplies for the concert
Step 1. Buy earplugs
Permanent hearing loss and tinnitus are serious side effects of listening to loud music, but you can prevent these conditions by wearing earplugs at concerts. If you are concerned about the effect that earplugs can have on sound quality, you can purchase high-fidelity earplugs that reduce the volume of music rather than distort it like foam earplugs.
Step 2. Buy a new outfit or ask a friend for something
Your clothes will depend on the type of concert and the venue, but there are some basic strategies for dressing at concerts that will help you decide what to wear.
- Dress in a comfortable way. Even if you have a seat reserved, you may stay on your feet for a long time and you may even want to dance or go crazy during the concert, so don't wear clothes that are too tight or in which you have difficulty moving.
- Don't wear too many accessories. A proven strategy to avoid too many accessories is to remove one of them before leaving the house.
- Take the weather into account if you are going to be outdoors. If the day is going to be sunny and hot, wear a hat, sunglasses, and shorts. If it's going to rain, bring a waterproof poncho. If it's going to be cold, put on several layers of clothing.
- Think about what you are going to do after the show. If you plan to go for a drink after the show, bring something that can be worn day or night. Wearing black, navy blue, or other dark tones is one way to achieve a look that can be worn day or night.
Step 3. Purchase supplies to make signs (poster board, markers, glitter, etc
). Making your own posters is a fun and easy way to get to the concert mentally prepared and it might even get the attention of one of the band members.
Step 4. Withdraw money from the ATM
If you're buying a T-shirt, hoodie, or CD at the show, you should have plenty of cash on hand. Products are often expensive at concerts, but the proceeds go directly to the artists, as opposed to ticket sales and other aspects of the concert that are split between multiple parties.
Part 2 of 5: Plan ahead for the concert
Step 1. Arrange transportation at least a week before the concert
If you plan to go to the concert with friends, decide who is going to be driving in advance. If you need a ride, check out a cheap ride service like Uber or Lyft to see if they're available in your area.
Step 2. Check the weather forecast a few days before the concert
Even if it is not an open-air concert, you will need to check the weather forecast to make sure you are comfortable while waiting in line to enter the concert.
Step 3. Research the venue a day or two before the concert
If you are driving or traveling by car with a friend, find out what type of parking will be available. If you're going to an outdoor concert, find out if you can bring food or drink.
Step 4. Make your poster the day before the concert
Plan your poster design before you begin. First make an outline of your design in pencil and then paint it with the marker. Decide if you want to make a sentimental poster or a fun one.
Step 5. Pack essential items
Pack essential items (TICKETS, lip gloss, your ID, cash, earplugs, a pocket comb or brush, etc.) in your purse or purse the night before the concert. If you plan to carry a bag and don't have a small one or an envelope-style wallet, you may need to buy one, as you don't want to carry a large bag all night.
Part 3 of 5: Prepare for the day of the concert
Step 1. Charge your phone
Make sure to start charging your phone for at least a couple of hours before heading out. If you are going to be waiting in line for a while or if you are going to wait between the performances of each band, you are going to need your phone to kill the boredom. Plug in your phone a couple of hours before heading out to make sure it's fully charged. It may be better to buy a portable phone charger if you think you will have to wait a long time in line. Some portable phone chargers are only $ 20 and most are slim enough to fit in your pocket.
Step 2. Drink lots of water before you go out
Because food and drink often cost a lot at concerts, you can save money and ensure that you stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water on the day of the concert. You will likely sweat more than usual at the concert when dancing and moving, so drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help protect you from dehydration.
Step 3. Confirm the departure time with the person who will take you or with your passengers
Make sure to allow plenty of time to get to the concert, park your car, and walk to the venue. Remember to take into account the traffic and also the road conditions. Plan to leave in time to arrive at least an hour before the concert starts, or much earlier if you want to be the first at the door.
Step 4. Get ready
Set aside plenty of time to bathe, dress, put on makeup, and do your hair. Reserve more time if you are also painting your nails.
Step 5. Eat a good meal a couple of hours before leaving your house
Eat something healthy and filling so you don't feel hungry during the show. Whole grains, vegetables, and lean proteins are good options.
Step 6. Don't forget anything
Check your purse or purse twice before leaving your house to make sure you've packed everything. Before hitting the road, triple check that you and all your friends have their tickets.
Part 4 of 5: Go behind the scenes
Step 1. Buy a VIP package that includes a Meet and Greet
Most concerts offer an option to purchase a VIP package, which often includes the opportunity to meet the band and get autographs. These packages are much more expensive than the basic ticket price and are usually sold out ahead of time, but they will give you the opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet the band. This option is good if you don't like the idea of sneaking backstage and can afford to buy the VIP package.
Step 2. Get there very early
The earlier you get to the concert venue, the better your chances of going backstage. Many people try to go backstage at concerts and as the night progresses, the security guards become more cautious and selective about who they let go behind the scenes. If you show up on time, your chances will increase.
Step 3. Talk to the security guards
Since they are the ones blocking the entrance behind the scenes, you will have a better chance of reaching your goal if you are nice to them. Do not exaggerate. Just be nice and polite. Have a casual conversation with the security guards and try not to act like you're dying to go backstage, even if that's what you feel.
Step 4. Offer your help
If you see a manager carrying some equipment onto the stage, ask him if you can help him. If he lets you help, work really hard and be grateful for letting you do it. This strategy can help you go behind the scenes and can also give you an impressive vantage point on stage during the concert.
Step 5. Travel in pairs
You're less likely to go backstage with a group of three or more friends, but if you're alone or just with one friend, then security is less likely to bother you.
Step 6. Apologize if you get caught
Trying to sneak behind the scenes at a concert is risky because you can get kicked out if you get caught. If you are caught sneaking in, don't be angry or try to run away. Just be nice and apologize and you have a better chance of not being kicked out.
Step 7. Have a good attitude if you can get behind the scenes
Even if you are desperate inside, you will have to act casually if you manage to go behind the scenes. If you act too excited, the guards will see you and might kick you out. Instead, take a deep breath and enjoy your time behind the scenes.
Step 8. Talk to your idol behind the scenes
Stay calm if you run into your idol while walking backstage. It's okay to act a little excited, as long as you avoid being overly effusive. If you have something you wanted signed, politely ask if he or she could sign it. If you want to compliment your idol, go ahead! Just remember to keep it simple and things will be less likely to get awkward. Try something like, "I've been your fan for many years." Thank you for creating such impressive music. "Talking to your idol in a relaxed manner will also make it less likely that you will attract the attention of security guards, which will increase your chances of staying behind the scenes.
Part 5 of 5: Join the Frenzy Dance Zone
Step 1. Find the area closest to the stage
Depending on the size of the concert venue, this area can be a single very large area or it can be divided into several smaller areas. Look around you, locate the closest one and go towards it. You may have to fight your way through the crowd to get there.
Step 2. See what others are doing
When you reach the edge of the zone, examine the action for a moment. There are several different ways to dance in a frenzied style. You can jump, weird dance, run, push, or just walk in circles in the area. If this is your first time in that area, you may want to start by mimicking what others are doing and developing your own movements as you become more comfortable. If this area looks more aggressive than you expected and you change your mind about joining, don't be ashamed to stick around.
Step 3. Join
Once you're ready to join the action, join the core zone and dance like never before. Move your arms to protect yourself. Run, jump or walk around this area, bump into other people and push them.
Step 4. Respect your peers in the area
Although this area may seem like a situation where anything can happen, it is not. If you are too aggressive, you can get kicked out of the concert. To avoid an unpleasant experience, follow these simple rules.
- Help people who have fallen to get back up. If you see someone on the ground, help them and then keep moving.
- Don't pull the people on the sides into the frenzy dance zone. The people on the side are there for a reason and they can get angry if you try to push or pull them into the area.
- Do not hit or kick others. Being in the zone is not about hurting others, but about a rude way of dancing. It's okay to wave your arms and kick, but don't aim your kicks and punches at others intentionally. Also, be careful not to hit anyone in the face while waving your arms.
- Do not bring drinks to this area. Take a break if you want a drink. If you bring a drink to this area, it will most likely be dropped or spilled on yourself and other people.
Step 5. Take breaks as needed
Dancing frantically is hard work. If you start to feel short of breath or very hot, walk away and take a break. When you feel ready to go again, rejoin.
- In case you get separated from your friends, set up a place to meet up after the show. Pick a very specific location (like a nearby statue or a coffee shop) to avoid any confusion.
- If you think you might have a chance to go backstage or meet the band, hide a marker in your bag or pocket for quick autographs. Wear a shirt that you want to be signed or carry something small that will fit in your pocket or purse for random encounters with your idols.