I have been to over 20 concerts in my 21 years of living. I will never forget my first concert…. the Jonas Brothers. Or the craziest concert I have been to… One Direction at Nationals Stadium. Just this past weekend, I went and saw Scotty McCreery for the second time. Over the years, I have come up with some tips and tricks to make it the best experience ever!
1. Get in line early.
Okay, so this one may be obvious. I hate waiting in line, but to get the best seats in a General Admission concert, you NEED to get there early. Once concert time comes, you will see that the five or six hours sitting on a hot sidewalk was totally worth it. I have even met Scotty McCreery before because of getting to his concert early! Also, you will find some unexpected ways to stay entertained, which leads me to my next point…
2. Don’t be afraid to talk to people.
At every single concert I have gone to, I have met people and actually learned a lot about their life and their story. It is so cool to see how the artists have impacted their lives. This past weekend, we met a girl who follows Scotty McCreery to all of his concerts in VA and NC. She has met him so many times that he recognizes her and knows her name. I even keep up with a lot of these people I have met at concerts on social media. The best thing about talking to people is that it helps the time fly!
3. Pack smart!
Whenever I go to a concert, I either pack a drawstring bag or a cross body bag. The reasoning is that no one can easily get into or put anything into your bag. You can also go hands free and dance with bags like this. Also, depending on the venue, you can pack some meal bars and a bottle of water so that you can keep your energy throughout the whole line time and concert. If you are going to an outdoor venue, be sure to pack a poncho. I cannot tell you how many times I have been to a crazy rainy concert, and the show must go on! Another necessity is a portable charger. That way you can use your phone in line as entertainment, and also use it to videotape your favorite song and take tons of pictures.
4. Be persistent.
This is more of a pre concert tip, but listen out for radio competitions and online competitions for meet and greet passes. I have met A LOT of artists thank to radio contests. Also, it never hurts to ask for a meet and greet pass either! I called a radio station to ask if they were still giving away passes for meeting MKTO. They said no, but gave me one anyway! Also, keep a sharpie and something to get a signature on with you at all times! I have a signature collection, and some of the concerts and meet and greets I have been to did not provide sharpies or paper!
5. Take in the moment.
Make sure that you are not just on your phone the whole time. The coolest thing I have witnessed at a concert is when I went to see The 1975 and they told everyone to put away their phones for one song. Not one person had their phone out for an entire song, and it was amazing and beautiful to look around and see no technology. Everyone was just enjoying the music and bonding over their love for the artist.
I could go on for thousands of words with tips for concerts, but no one would want to keep reading! So, if you have a tip or trick you use at concerts, let me know in the comments below!