It’s important to do research and be prepared before your first concert. They can be tricky since you don’t know what to expect, especially if you are on the general admission floor with no assigned seating! You should brace yourself for a long night but know that it will be worth it in the end. Here are some tips before your first concert on the general admission floor! Let's go!
1. Dress Comfortably
One of the first things to know before your first concert is that they can be tiring. You have to wait in long lines and stand the whole night since there is no assigned seating, which is why it’s important to dress comfortably. Wearing comfortable shoes is a must! Avoid open toed shoes and heels; you have a long night ahead of you! In addition, wear comfortable bottoms and keep a light bag. Only bring things that are absolutely necessary!
2. Get to the Concert Early
One of the perks of getting general admission tickets is the possibility of getting close to the stage without paying extra money! As long as you get to your destination hours before, you are almost guaranteed that front row space. But keep in mind everyone else will try to get there before you! A good rule of thumb: the earlier, the better!
3. Keep Some Breathing Room
It’s important to protect your own space so you can enjoy the concert to the fullest. So try to spread your legs shoulder width apart to keep some breathing room. Avoid getting pushed and squeezed, and stand your ground!
4. Don’t Get Violent
Sometimes people push and elbow you when they get carried away, so try to keep cool. You don’t want to start an unnecessary, embarrassing altercation and get kicked out, do you? Most of the time people don’t do it on purpose since space is limited and there is a surplus of movement in the crowd.
5. Know the Band
One of the worst things to do during your first concert is not being familiar with the band or with their songs. To maximize the fun that you have, try to listen to the songs being played during the concert beforehand. Singing along with hundreds of people around you is definitely an experience! Not knowing the words will make you feel like a weenie.
6. Stay Excited and Participate
Try to stay active during the concert and participate. Wave your arms, clap your hands, sway from side to side and appreciate the music. There is nothing worse than a timid crowd! Enjoy yourself and avoid just standing in the crowd, no matter how tired you may be.
7. Take a Lot of Pictures
Going to concerts is not something that you do on daily basis, so capture the moments! No matter the experience you want to look back and reminisce about your first concert. Memories go away but pictures are here to stay! If you're worried about losing or damaging your good camera or camera phone, invest in one of those inexpensive disposable cameras.
As fun as concerts may be, there is a lot of preparation for them. Make sure to plan your transportation before and avoid any mishaps. What was the first concert that you went to? Share in the comments!