Everything You Need to Know Before Attending a Concert

Music lovers, there's truly nothing like the electric energy of a live concert, right? But here's the catch: there's a right way and a wrong way to do it. No matter if it's your very first show or you're a seasoned pro, even the smallest missteps can ruin your experience. Sure, snagging budget-friendly tickets is important, but there's so much more to consider when gearing up for a night of musical magic. That's why, in addition to scoping out sweet deals with Gametime, we've got some insider tips and must-know info to help you make the most of your concert adventure.

Use the Secondary Market

Our first pro tip: don't rely solely on the primary market! For those highly-coveted shows, it might be your only shot at snagging seats unless you've got major connections. On the flip side, if you're looking to catch a less-popular act, the closer you get to showtime, the better your chances of scoring major discounts on tickets. So, whether you're looking to hit up a massive arena or a cozy club, don't miss out on the opportunity to find the best deals by exploring the secondary market.

Arrive Early


There's no such thing as arriving too early. Especially at bigger venues, navigating parking, entry, and finding your seat can take way longer than you'd expect. And if you're hitting up a general admission show, you'll want to stake out the prime real estate before the crowds descend. Let's face it: nothing is more gut-wrenching than missing out on the opening act or your favorite song because you showed up late. So, to avoid the FOMO, be sure to plan ahead for transportation and parking, giving yourself plenty of cushion time to soak in the full concert experience without any rush or hassle.

It Will Be Loud and Crowded

When you step foot into that venue, get ready to be hit with a wave of sound and a sea of people. It's a given that concerts are loud and crowded, but for those who are new to the scene, it's important to mentally prepare for the wild ride ahead. Don't worry, though, because once you get into the groove, you'll be swept up in the magic of the music and the electrifying energy of the crowd. 

Dress Appropriately

Even if you're a seasoned pro, it's easy to slip up when it comes to dressing the part. Obviously, if you're heading to an outdoor concert, you'll want to check the forecast and dress accordingly. But here's a hot tip: crowded concert spaces tend to heat up quickly, so don't overdo it on the layers unless there's a coat check available. And don't forget the most crucial element of your outfit: your shoes! Opt for comfortable kicks that can handle standing, walking, and maybe even some dance moves. With the right threads and footwear, you'll be ready to rock all night long without any wardrobe malfunctions!

Only Bring the Essentials

When it comes to concert gear, less is definitely more. Unlike a camping trip (unless it’s a three-day festival); you don’t need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. You only want to bring things that you’ll need for a few hours. Expensive jewelry or gadgets that could be easily lost or stolen have no business being brought to a crowded concert venue. You don't want to be preoccupied with carrying tons of stuff or worrying about the safety of your belongings when you could be losing yourself in the music. So, ditch the excess baggage and focus on what really matters: the music, the vibes, and the unforgettable experience of being in the moment.

Know the Venue

Whenever possible, get to know the venue where the concert is being held. Every venue has its own unique set of quirks, rules, and regulations that you'll want to be aware of before you arrive. Don't leave your concert experience up to chance - take the time to research the ins and outs of the venue. From dress codes to banned items to expected behavior, being prepared will help you to maximize your enjoyment and avoid any unpleasant surprise

Charge Your Phone

We all know that our phones are essential to modern life, but they're especially crucial when it comes to concerts. From snapping pics of your favorite artists to coordinating with your friends, your phone is going to be working overtime. So, don't let a low battery ruin your fun - make sure to charge up before you hit the venue. Trust us, you'll be grateful you did when you're still able to capture that epic encore or call a ride home at the end of the night. So, charge up, rock out, and enjoy the show!

Eat and Hydrate Before the Show

Want to keep rocking all night long? Fuel up with a satisfying meal a few hours before the concert. It can be tempting to grab a bite during the show, but why risk missing out on the music you came to see? Remember, you still have to line up for venue snacks, which can take a while. So, rather than missing the music, eat before. This way, you'll have the energy to dance, sing, and rock out without worrying about your stomach growling. And while you're at it, make sure to stay hydrated! Concerts can be hot and crowded, and you don't want to get sidelined by dehydration. So, bring a water bottle from home or plan to grab a refillable one on the way in. 

Go With the Right People

When it comes to concerts, the music is only half the experience - the other half is the people you surround yourself with. The right concert crew can take an already amazing experience to the next level, while the wrong one can put a damper on the whole thing. That's why it's important to choose your concert companions carefully. Make sure you go with people who have similar interests and expectations for the concert. If you're all about dancing and your friends are more interested in standing in the back, it's going to be a clash of expectations. But if you're all on the same page, it can make for an unforgettable experience. So choose your concert crew wisely, and get ready for a night you’ll never forget! 

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