Live music, an energetic crowd, jumping around with no regard for possible embarrassment—there’s nothing quite like attending a concert.
Concerts exist in two basic forms: assigned seating and general admission. Each provides an entirely different experience. In the first, you buy a specific seat and no one can take it from you. You have the freedom to do as you please and know that your seat is waiting for you. In general admission shows, however, there usually are no seats. You stand shoulder to shoulder with other enthusiasts as you revel in a great show. Throwing yourself into a mob of screaming fans may sound a bit overwhelming, but proper preparation will help ensure that you have the best experience possible.
#1 - The Wardrobe
You’ll see a wide variety of ensembles at any concert. There are girls who are obviously trying to get an invitation to the bus, those who prefer form over function, and those who just show up in sweats. At least make sure your shoes are comfortable. You’ll be standing for longer than you realize, and your lower back will thank you for the extra support.
#2 - The Bag
Now you need to pack your bag—although I suppose guys can wear cargo pants and stuff the extra pockets. Remember, this bag will be your survival kit for several hours, so pack it well. Make sure it is a smaller bag that will attach to you in some way, whether it be a cross-body bag, a wristlet, or—God forbid—a fanny pack. Well, maybe not the fanny pack. Securing your bag to your body will lessen your chances of losing it in the ruckus. As for what to put in the bag or your pockets, make it the bare necessities:
- Driver’s License/ID
- Camera—Big, bald security guys generally don’t like you to bring professional cameras, so bring your everyday digital. Don’t forget to load up on backup batteries and extra backup batteries. You definitely want to be able to take pictures all night.
- Money—If you are seeing a band you like, then you are probably going to want a souvenir. Taking cash is a good way to limit the amount you spend. Otherwise, you may get caught up in the high of live music and shell out more than you intended. Plus, paying with cash is simpler than a credit card, even though many vendors accept them now. Bring the plastic as backup only.