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Tips for Watching Music Concert for the First Time

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The post-Covid lockdown era has brought back mainstream music concerts to the public. People are once again beginning to enjoy their favorite artists on a stage. Naturally, for a first-timer, the experience can be overwhelming.

You can have a mellow or crazy night out, depending on the genre of the music and the popularity of the artist. However, there are certain things everyone should keep in mind before entering a heavily crowded space with overexcited music enthusiasts.

If this is your first time attending a music concert, we have five important tips to share with you.

1. Keep an Eye on the Ticket Sales

The first and most important step towards enjoying your first music concert is securing tickets. For highly anticipated artists, tickets might sell out within a matter of seconds.

If you miss the original release, chances are you will have to let go of your desired seats. Now your only remaining option is to purchase a less desired ticket from a third-party source. The secondary market will charge double or even triple the initial price.

There are multiple ways you can find out about the details and the website they will release the tickets on. Most artists have a Twitter or Instagram page to reach their audience. If there is a concert planned, your beloved artist is sure to advertise it on their social media platforms.

In order to enjoy the best view of your first music concert, purchase the tickets ahead of time.

Photo by Julian Lozano
Photo by Julian Lozano

2. Wear Comfortable Clothes

Concerts can run for a long time. The average concert length may extend from a ninety-minute show to two hours. Some shows host multiple artists which means with the set-up and waiting time, it can even be up to five hours long.

If it’s your first time at a concert, you might want to dress to impress. You will be making memories and taking photos, so it is normal to want to doll up in a dress and heels or put on your best suit. However, it is not the most comfortable when you must be on your feet for several hours at a time.

When you’re jumping and dancing to your favorite music, it’s easy to lose track of time. Wearing trainers will provide good support for your feet and will make your feet feel much better the next day. Put on a jacket or wear your shorts depending on the weather.

3. Carry Plenty of Water

Bring plenty of water with you for the duration of the show. It may seem like strange advice to a first-timer, but it is critical to have a hefty supply of water on hand at the venue.

This is especially important if the concert is being held outside. On a hot, humid day, your throat will feel parched. Furthermore, the venue will usually be packed to capacity, resulting in pushing and shoving. You might have to squeeze even harder for each breath.

All this will cause your body to dehydrate faster. Drinking small amounts of water at regular intervals is essential. But why must you carry it?

This is because refreshment stalls are located far away from the stage where the artists perform. Going to get water would mean you have to leave your spot. To be on the safe side, it is good to carry your own supply of water.

Photo by Kyrylo Kholopkin
Photo by Kyrylo Kholopkin

4. Have Your Phone Fully Charged

Big music festivals are typically held at larger venues located outside of the city. If you look through websites, you might catch your favorite artist at a concert near you. Nonetheless, it is critical for a first-time concertgoer to be aware of safety precautions.

Your mobile phone will be your best friend in this situation. Whether you go alone or with your group of friends, it is necessary to always have the device on you. If you get separated from your group or in case of any emergency, your only method of communication will be your cell phone.

After the concert ends, hitching a ride back home can also be made easier with your phone. Several private taxi and carpooling services are available everywhere as long as you are carrying your phone.

5. Limit the Use of Intoxicants

If you are traveling to a new city, such as Los Angeles, and are a bit lost, do not worry. There are plenty of things to do in LA including crazy nightlife and loads of concerts.

However, the use of intoxicants is more prevalent in cities such as LA. Due to a large turnout at the shows, even illegal substances may go unnoticed. So, as someone watching a music concert for the first time in a big city, you should limit your consumption.

You do not want to be the person who gets sick and blacks out at your first-ever concert. If it is one of your favorite artists, you likely want to stay sober and enjoy the show.

Not being in your senses can also put you in danger. In such a crowded setting, it is prudent to limit your alcohol or other substance consumption so that you can handle yourself later.

Final Thoughts

Your first time watching a music concert will be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. All the music and thrill of the emotion are enough to get you hyped.

It will be even better if it is your favorite artist. Keep an eye on the ticket release so that you can get good seats. At the venue, wear comfortable clothes and shoes to last the night and carry plenty of water.

Charge your phone so that in any emergency situations you can be easily contacted. Do not forget to be on your best behavior and enjoy the very first music concert of your life.

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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