Going to a rock concert can be one of the craziest experiences of your life. You’ll just need to make sure that it’s the good kind of crazy. If you’re headed to your first live rock’n’roll experience, here are a few tips for maximizing the fun and minimizing the drama.
Know What to Bring
Money is the most important thing, especially if you plan on purchasing merchandise. You might also want to pack a portable charger for all of those long hours waiting in line and playing games on your phone. If the weather channel is predicting rain, stash a poncho in your car; it’s less bulky than an umbrella and won’t anger the people standing behind you. When in doubt, remember that it’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
Dress Yourself Appropriately
You might be tempted to emulate your favorite rock stars when choosing your concert attire, but don’t forget that you’re going to be stuck in that outfit for the duration of the show. If your white face paint is going to melt right down into your thick, sweaty vampire sleeves, you’ll only attract attention in the bad kind of way. Stick with your regular clothes for a rock concert. You don’t want anything to catch fire when the pyrotechnics come out.
Research the Rules of the Venue
Many venues have strict rules against things like knives and fireworks. They might also disallow bags over a certain size for the comfort and convenience of other concertgoers. You’ll need to be careful about electronic equipment, too; while some bands don’t care if you tape the show, there are others that absolutely hate it and will have you escorted off the premises if they see that tell-tale glow in the crowd. Make sure to check the rules on phones, tablets, selfie sticks and video recorders.
Don’t Drink And Drive
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 25 people die every day as a result of drunk driving. You’re also four times more likely to have a drunk driving accident at night than in the daytime, and guess when most concerts end? Do yourself a favor and make other arrangements for getting home after you’ve been imbibing. You can call a taxi, schedule an Uber/Lyft vehicle or just pick a designated driver from among your friends. If you do make the mistake of driving under the influence, you can end up with a hefty fine as well. There are lawyers like Steve W. Sumner, Attorney At Law who can help you try and minimize the financial consequences, but if someone is seriously hurt as a result of your actions you will still have to live with that knowledge. Do yourself a favor and don’t drink and drive.
These are just a few tips for enjoying your first concert. You’ll get the hang of them eventually, but until you’re comfortable with the live music experience, let these guidelines help.