Read on for PART 1 of my tips & tricks on how to make the most of any concert experience!
Matty from The 1975 in April 2014
What to do…
Before the concert
Research the opening act if you’re not familiar with them already. Keep in mind that all bands and singers start off as opening acts before they become well-known. Before heading to the show, Google the opening acts and become familiar with a few of their songs. This will help you have a better time while waiting for the main act, and make the time go by a lot faster! And who knows? The opening act could become your new favorite.
I went to see singer ZZ Ward in September 2013, and her opening act was singer/songwriter James Bay (above). He was handing out his free EP and signing them, so I grabbed one. I’m glad I did–he’s now one of my favorite artists!
Eat a full meal. You’ll need lots of energy for jumping and singing your favorite songs the top of your lungs. A few times, I’ve regretted not eating much before a concert. (It makes you tired a lot faster.)
Drink water. (But don’t drink too much liquid; you don’t want to feel like you need to use the restroom during the concert—you could lose your precious spot!) Staying hydrated is key in having a great time at concerts.
Get there early. If you’re planning to get as close to the stage as possible, get to the venue 3-4 hours prior to when doors open. Don’t be afraid to set up camp outside the venue for an artist you love. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve gotten to a venue 11 hours early to see my favorite band.
In August 2013, I went to see singer Ed Sheeran perform at a small acoustic venue. My friend and I got there 6 hours in advance and brought UNO to pass the time. On the right is a picture of only part of the line in front of the venue. (Photos by Live 95.5)