How to have the best time at a concert

Whether you’re into Rock ‘n Roll, Jazz or the latest Pop singles, there are few things more exciting than going to see your favourite artists live. That feeling of excitement just before you enter the venue, the adrenalin injection as the act walks out on stage, the feeling of elation as you leave the stadium – there’s nothing quite like it.

Of course, there are a few things that can really mess up your overall concert experience. So, here are a few tips to ensure that you have the best time possible.

Get there early

You will be standing in a queue. The sooner you come to terms with that, the better. You’re not going to get in right away and the queue won’t be gone if you show up five minutes before the start of the show. So, make sure you don’t miss anything by getting through those speedgates as soon as possible. If you arrive early, you can always grab a beer and entertain yourself for a while. It will even give you some time to browse the merch table before everything sells out.

Choose the right tickets for yourself

If you’ve got back problems, get seats. If you can handle standing, jumping and dancing for at least three hours, then the front is probably best for you. Even if it’s your favourite band, you don’t want to lose energy or start being uncomfortable half way through. You can still cheer and enjoy the music from the seats at the back. You need to buy tickets for the place you know you’ll be happiest.

Dress for comfort

Yeah, you want to look great for the concert. But you need to put comfort first. You can’t wear stilettos to a rock concert and expect to stay on your feet the entire time. You also need to make sure that you can remove layers once you get hot. If it’s cold outside you may want to show up with a jersey or hoodie, but it will get heated in the venue.

Hydrate… but not too much

Chances are that you’ll probably get quite sweaty through the night. The movement and the heat mean that you need to hydrate. Keep a bottle of water with you and take a sip every now and then. Of course, if you drink too much (whether it’s beer or water), you’ll find that you need to give up your place to visit the bathroom more than you’d like.

You’ve been looking forward to this concert for a while, so make sure you enjoy it by following these simple tips.

Authored by: Pete Anderson

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