Going to a concerts for the first time? Whether it’s a punk-rock or R&B concert, keep in mind that you’re surrounded by people who came to listen to the band sing the song, not you. Here are some few tips for making the most of your concert experience without being an eye (or ear!) sore.
Know the Music and the Crowd
If you are not fan of moshing and you know you are going to a punk concert, you should know better than to find the closest spot to the stage. Some shows have bigger moshpits than others – if you want to just enjoy music and chill for the louder shows, start from the back side of the venue. If you are going to a show that generates more chill vibe, think better than to start bumping into people nearby you to start a moshpit!
Don’t Wear a Band Shirt
This is one of the most common rookie mistakes. You are already validating your love for the band by purchasing the ticket to see them – you don’t need to overstate it (or as some like to call it “fangirling”) by wearing their image on your shirt. It looks generic and cliche.
Don’t Overuse the Camera
When you go to your favorite band’s concert, it is totally understandable that you want to take a few snapshots – but don’t overdo it. Unless if you are assigned to photograph the set (one of the perks of being a journalist!), your main objective in concerts should be enjoying the music. It’s hard to concentrate on it while you are busy trying to take the best shots with your camera!
Explore the Band Before the Show
If you’re checking out a new band, it’s always useful to know what to expect from their set and their style before you head out to the venue – if you get to chat with other music fans, it will be useful to have some kind of knowledge! But then again, don’t plug your ear into their studio stuff immediately after the show – it will ruin the live show experience, so cherish that for the rest of the night! You want to think about the performance itself after seeing a great live set.
Don’t Try to Stand Out Too Much
While I hate a cookie cutter as much as the next guy don’t be the guy that keeps screaming nonsense in the middle of a song. It’s easy to think that yelling and shouting will “liven” the crowd up but if you are the only one to do it, most others will think that it’s annoying.