11 Ways to Have an Awesome Time at a Concert (And Four Bonus Notes from Me)

Here are some helpful hints from Buzzfeed.

1. Bring a friend or go alone.

2.  Pay attention to the opening band.

3.  Hit the merch table BEFORE the show.

4.  Go to the bathroom BEFORE the show.

5.  Drinking:  when and how much.

6.  Find your spot (assuming you don’t have an assigned seat, of course)

7.  Make friends

8.  Don’t fight.

9.  Dance

10. Follow moshing etiquette and safety precautions.

11.  Don’t watch the whole show through your cell phone.

Good points.  I’d add the following.

12.  If it’s a no smoking venue, DON’T SMOKE, fer crissakes.

13.  Don’t sing along to every song at the top of your lungs.  Other people paid to hear the band, not you.

14.  Don’t throw shit.

15.  Stay for the encore.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

6 thoughts on “11 Ways to Have an Awesome Time at a Concert (And Four Bonus Notes from Me)

  • March 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm
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    If everyone around you is standing up then stand up. If everyone is sitting down, then sit down. I didn't pay all that money to look at the back of your head!

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  • March 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm
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    If you want to stand, then stand. If you want to sit, then don't complain when others are standing. It's a concert! Enjoy yourself!

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  • March 3, 2013 at 12:53 am
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    Don't push to the front, then get upset if you get bumped into…

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  • March 3, 2013 at 1:12 am
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    One of my favourite live bands ever (the Giraffes) used to taunt the crowd and encourage people to throw their drinks at them. At their hometown shows in NYC, it would practically rain up front the entire time.

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  • March 3, 2013 at 1:40 am
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    If you can hear me over the band they're not loud enough. If you don't know all the lyrics don't hate just because Im a bigger fan.

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  • March 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm
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    Don't show up 5 minutes before the headliner and try to push your way to the front (and don't complain about how hard it is for you to get to the front when you showed up late)

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