5 Helpful Rules for Concert Goers

If you are about to attend a concert for your first time, especially a very big concert, there are a few things you’re going to need to know and there are a few ways that you will need to prepare yourself. Indeed, music concerts are one of the most exciting ways to experience your favorite artists and spend time with friends. Aside from hearing the music you love, you get to experience the fun with hundreds to thousands of other people screaming, cheering and dancing with exuberance. All of that energy and excitement is truly contagious and you’ll feel the time flying by faster than ever.

Not only will you get to see the main, headlining act, but oftentimes there will be at least one or two opening acts by talented artists that you may or may not know already. Who knows, you may even find your new favorite artist or group! If you’re not quite sure how to prepare for the big adventure,are five helpful rules for concertgoers.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28:  (NO ARCHIVES/EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Singer Lady Gaga performs onstage at the Staples Center on March 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

1.       Wear comfortable shoes. You may be tempted to wear an amazing pair of heels or dress shoes that tie your whole outfit together perfectly, but the truth is, no one is really going to notice them. The only thing that will be noticed is the amount of pain you’re in after you’ve walked from the parking lot to your place in the audience and have 3 hours of dancing ahead of you (plus a long walk back to the car).

2.      Take note of where you’re parked. If the concert is taking place in a large stadium or arena, then the parking lot is going to be enormous. So be sure to not only take a mental note of where you’re parked, but you also want to find a way to jot it down. You can take a picture of one of the signs, drop a pin on your phone’s mapping system, or simply write yourself a note. If you don’t, you could be spending more time looking for your car than you did in the concert.

3.      Don’t bring any glass. In some cases, the venue will allow you to bring your own food and drinks. However, glass is usually strictly prohibited, since it can be used as a weapon. It’s not uncommon for security to check through your bags and force you to throw out glass items and anything else that looks potentially dangerous.

4.      Know where to find the exits. While most people can get through an entire concert without any problems, it’s not uncommon for many people to get tired or overwhelmed with the sheer number of people, the heat, or the volume. If you start to experience sensory overload and need to get out before you have a panic attack, you’re going to want to know exactly where the nearest exit is.

5.      Bring a good pair of earplugs. If the music is too loud for you, it can really ruin your experience. Not only that, but your ears could be ringing for hours afterwards. In order to avoid that altogether, you should bring a pair of earplugs to protect your hearing. Brands like DownBeats are specifically designed to protect your ears without compromising your ability to hear the music you came for.