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Concert Survival Guide

By Melissa Lascody

Concert Survival Guide PHOTOThere are two types of concerts: general admission and seated. There isn’t much to be said about seated, because you don’t have to worry about losing your stage-side spot to someone else and no one will be pushing or shoving their way to the front. General is a tad bit more intense. So, here’s a guide to help improve your next concert experience.


–          Dress Sensibly

  • Something that is comfortable to dance and jump around in.
    • For example, comfy jeans or shorts along with your favorite band shirt and practical shoes.

–          Get there early

  • The earlier you get there, the closer to the stage you will be or the more time you have to buy merchandise before hand.

–          Bring hair ties, if you’re a girl…or a boy with long hair

  • It gets H-O-T. This will help keep you cool throughout the concert.

–          Catch crowd surfers

  • It is some people’s dream to crowd surf their way to the front, not getting dropped on their faces. Some many be harder to move forward than others, just do your best.

–          Stay hydrated

  • Dehydration is never good. It gets hot being in a crowd with so many people and you will sweat, that is guaranteed.

–          Respect the people around you

  • Everyone is there for the same reason-to have fun!

–          Stand your ground

  • If you want to keep your spot, don’t give it up.

–          Conserve your energy

  • Most concerts are several hours long. Don’t wear yourself out during the first set.

–          Take a break, if needed

  • Your safety is more important than your spot in front of the stage. If you feel like you’re going to pass out, go to the bathroom to cool down and get some water.

–          Be considerate towards the security guards

  • These guys are here to insure your safety. Don’t yell or shout at them, because they have to catch the flailing crowd surfers when they get to the front, and handle loud, obnoxious teenagers. ‘Nough said.


–           Dress like you’re at a fashion show

  • You will get hot and sweaty, regardless of what type of concert it is and it isn’t worth it.
    • Avoid heels, dresses, and skirts

–          Ever drop a crowd surfer, ever.

  • Being dropped hurts, especially if it’s on your head, neck, or back.

–          Whine about getting pushed around

  • It’s a concert, and the crowd will be pumping and swaying. If you don’t like being pushed, there are plenty of other spots in a venue where you could watch the bands perform in peace.

–          Push too much

  • This usually just gets annoying. Rather than enjoying the people performing, you’re focusing on pushing the people who are pushing you. That’s not what concerts are about.

–          Complain about not having enough space

  • Once again, it’s a concert. People will pack themselves like sardines if it’s what they need to do in order to get closer to the stage.

–          Waste all your energy on one band or artist

  • Most concerts consist of 3-5 bands or artists performing. Wearing yourself out during the first set will put a damper on the remainder to the concert because you’ll be struggling to make it through the remaining sets.

–          Ignore your body

  • If your body is telling you to stop, stop. Don’t push yourself too hard.

–          Whine about not being able to see

  • You may not be the only one that cannot see. The odds are, you just one out of the hundreds that can’t. Just try to relish the fact you are actually there at all.

–          Give the security guards a hard time

  • Again, they are there to help and to make the concert as safe as they possibly can. Remember, they are there for YOU!

–          Take a spot you don’t want

  • If you’re on the floor and don’t really want to be there, go somewhere else. There are a dozen other people who would love to be where you are.

Other Tips

Mosh Pits

Mosh pits usually happen in the middle of the floor. If you want to avoid being in one or being pushed into one, make sure you are in the very front, back, or along the sides of the floor. Depending on the kind of concerts you go to, this may or may not apply.


Merchandise has a wide range of prices. Especially because each band has different kinds of things they are selling. At most rock concerts, shirts can be from $20-$25, while a more mainstream artist, like One Direction and Justin Bieber, often range from $30-$35. However, it isn’t just shirts; bracelets, posters, jackets, CDs, and even sunglasses are also commonly sold. Just bring the amount of money you think you’ll spend.

When it comes to buying them, the best time is whenever you think is best. Just beware: if you go before the concert starts, you might not be as close to the stage as you want, and if you go after, many other fans will be doing the same thing. Be be prepared to wait. Going during the concert is arguably the best time to go, because there will be fewer people to deal with, unless you don’t want to lose your spot, that is.


The best time to buy water is when you first get into the venue. That way you will be able to drink from you bottle whenever you’d like, and there is no worry about losing your spot.

Sometimes, venues even give water to the security guards to give out to people in the crowd. These cups usually get passed around to many different people, so if you’re not too keen on sharing, make sure to have your own bottle.



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