Hi mom, I'm going to my first concert in August (I'm gonna see Green Day) and I was wondering if you'd have any survival tips for it :)
First of all, congrats on an excellent choice for your first show! My eldest child’s first concert was GD too, bc I dragged them with me when they were 7 yrs old :)
Will you have an assigned seat or are you going to be in the general standing area? Is it going to be outside or inside?
- make sure you’re hydrated - it’s gonna be hot! take some cash bc water is usually like $10 a bottle and they won’t let you take your own in
- wear sunscreen if not under shade
- make sure you stand with your feet apart - it gives you a better chance of not being swept along with the crowd. sometimes it’s inevitable and the crowd surges and you have no choice but to go with it. but it gets scary when you’re in a crowd and you lose your balance, it’s so easy to go down, so standing with feet apart makes you more grounded and less likely to topple.
- you WILL get elbowed (or even kicked!) in the face if you’re up near the front so if that’s not for you then stay safe and stay further back.
- also, i grow my nails long in case i need to use them against some drunk douchebag who insists on encroaching on my space and if i perceive them to be a danger to me. they tend to get the message if you push them away with a squeeze on the upper arm and a taste of those nails ;)
- get there EARLY if you want to be at the front. i mean super-early. like 6am. in the old days, when i used to hang outside venues all day, i would get there around 10am and would be about 4th row once we got inside. i’ve never been so keen that i wanted to sacrifice my sleep for the front row but plenty of people do. if going all day then take sandwiches, drinks, and snacks and carry them in disposable bags/containers so you don’t have to take all that junk into the show. prepare to have the most fun day ever!
- consider taking ear plugs. you may decide not to use them but they don’t take up much space in your pocket and will be there just in case. it is going to be LOUD, probably the loudest thing you’ve ever experienced. your hearing may not return to normal for a day or two, esp if you’re near the speakers.
- keep personal items to a minimum. i wear jeans and stuff everything in pockets. this isn’t the time to take a huge bag with the contents of your entire house in it. you’re there to rock out, have a good time, and not have to worry about where your purse is.
- wear comfortable shoes, preferably closed toed if you wanna keep your toes and you’re in the pit! you’re going to be standing for a couple of hours. even if you have an assigned seat, most people stand up when the band comes out so you have to stand too if you want to see anything.
- don’t spend too much time taking photos or video. you obviously want to record some of the show but you also want to have some time being completely in the moment and drinking it all in. luckily for me, i never have much space on my phone so i can usually do 2 mins of video and my phone dies and then i put it away.
- be prepared to drop a lot of money for merch. t-shirts are usually around $30-40 and hoodies can be around $50-55. and you WILL want one of those suckers bc they’re beautiful and you’ll cry at the thought of leaving without one
But most of all, enjoy the show, be aware of your surroundings and stay safe out there!