The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here! With any planned event you want to make sure that you are fully prepared to make this an evening to remember, and without any unplanned mishaps along the way. Here are a few concert going tips to help you prepare for your big night.
1. Make sure you have your tickets because as anyone knows no ticket, no entrance. People find great prices on tickets by buying early or looking through local classifieds just hours before showtime. Place your tickets in your vehicle in a secure location even a couple days before the concert. If you are traveling with someone else, put your tickets in a purse or wallet, something that you are sure you will not leave the house without.
2. Get an idea of where your seats are located. It is always wise to take a look at the seating chart online of the venue that you will be going to. This will prevent you from wondering around looking for your seats, but don’t get worried should you get there and are unfamiliar with your surroundings. There are always ushers placed in every section to help you locate where you need to be. If your concert is held at an amphitheater, this means that it is an outdoor venue. There are some covered seats located nearest to the stage, but should you have lawn seats get there early as they are on a first come first serve basis. If you have purchased a lawn seat, you will want to bring a blanket or lawn chair so you will have the option of sitting on something other than the grass. Lastly, if you buy standing room tickets make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
3. Check your local weather report. If you are attending a concert that is going to be held outside, you will want to make sure you dress for the weather. If the concert is held outside in the daytime, you definitely want to bring some sunglasses. If you don’t have a pair and you’re going with a friend, some websites offer a buy a pair give a pair deals for stylish glasses. If you’re sitting near the back you might even want to get some binoculars so you can see the artists.
4. During concert events, you usually do not have the luxury of selecting where you want to park. You will be directed in by parking staff to the next available location, so knowing your section letter and/or number will make it much easier for you when the time comes to leave.
5. Video cameras are prohibited at these types of events, but cameras are welcome. Make sure to take plenty of pictures of your night, so you can share your memories with others.
6. If you are of drinking age make sure to have your license with you. Some venues may allow you to exit with a hand stamp in order to re-enter, but who wants to make that long walk back to your car and miss what you came to see. You can be assured that ID will be required in order to purchase alcoholic beverages, so be prepared.
7. Tailgating. Check your tickets to find out what time the gates will open for your concert. For most music concerts, tailgating with your group is part of the experience. Make sure to check the rules of the venue to ensure that tailgating is permitted prior to your event. This will also help you get your pre-show plans together.
Just by following these few tips could be the difference between a time to remember and a time you’d rather forget. So grab those tickets and enjoy your concert, but remember to be safe and don’t drink and drive. You want to be around for your next big event.