Kat’s Declassified Concert Survival Guide

Kat Smith, Staff Writer

Do you like music? Do you have a favorite band? Would you like to see them play your favorite song live? If you answered yes to any of these questions then here’s a few things you’ll need to know.

Now, I am an avid concert goer. Since the age of 7, I’ve been attending various concerts at many different venues such as the Pageant, the Scottrade Center, Six Flags, and the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. I am no stranger to these venues, their prices, or food. In fact, I could navigate anyone anywhere in these places without a map.

Over the almost ten years of my concert going I have found many helpful tips that will not only save you money but could also save your life.

The first bit of information you need in order to survive any concert is crucial: stay hydrated. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “yeah, duh I’m going to be hydrated. I’m not a fool.” However, many people overlook this step. Whether you’re going to the Vans Warped Tour, Loufest, Pointfest, or maybe even One Direction, you are most likely going to be jumping and dancing and screaming the lyrics to all your favorite songs. The venue may feel nice and cool when you arrive but believe me when I tell you: It. Will. Get. Hot. You will be sweating even if you’re not the type of person to sweat. You will need water and plenty of it or else you will most likely pass out. And let’s be honest here, you can’t enjoy Mayday Parade if you’re being carried away on a stretcher.

Over the almost ten years of my concert going I have found many helpful tips that will not only save you money but could also save your life.”

— Kat Smith

Now beware because places like the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre will charge you $7 for liter of Ice Mountain water and $5 for a regular bottle. Anybody who understands the value of money might blow a gasket because $7 for water is outrageous. To save money, simply stop off at QuikTrip before the concert and you can pick up a big bottle of SmartWater for $2 and that will usually last you most of the night. If your concert is an all day thing, you should keep refilling your bottle throughout the day at a water fountain or sink. With the money you saved on water, you can buy more shirts, because any dedicated fan will tell you, you can never have enough band merch!

As well as water, food at any venue is going to be expensive. My advice to you is to eat before going to the concert and pack a bag of snacks to bring with you. This tip will be more useful for an all day event, but will work just as well at an evening concert. You won’t want to over eat because doing that then jumping and dancing will cause nausea and put a damper on your night. The most important thing to take away from this is to take care of yourself above all else.

The second thing you’ll need to remember is deodorize, deodorize, deodorize! It doesn’t matter what concert you’re going to, deodorant, perfume, body spray, and all of the above are essential. If you think it will fade throughout the night, bring a little bag with travel size items to reapply. Everyone around you will be grateful, trust me.

Another money saving tip is for your tickets themselves. Most of the time, tickets will be outrageously priced on resale sites or at the venue. However, a website called TicketMaster has the same tickets at a fraction of the price. For example, instead of a $50 ticket from a venue’s website, you can buy a ticket for only $20 from Ticketmaster. To make life easier, there’s a TicketMaster app that will save your tickets instead of printing them. Save your dollars and don’t pay more than you have to for a fun time.

This next point is geared more towards those going to a rock concert, such as Warped Tour or Pointfest. At these types of concerts, there will almost always be crowd surfing and mosh pits. But if that isn’t something you’re into, don’t worry, it’s definitely avoidable.

For the people out there wondering, “What’s a mosh pit?”, a mosh pit is when a group of people (typically testosterone filled guys) will jump, push, shove and move to the beat of whatever song is playing. While this may sound violent, it usually isn’t. However, there is an unspoken set of rules for the pit if someone gets pushed into a mosh pit and obviously doesn’t want to be in it.

  1. If someone falls, help them up.
  2. If someone is trying to get out, let them out.
  3. Protect each other. Moshing is no fun when people get seriously injured.

As far as crowd surfing goes, everyone usually starts from the back and work their way to the stage. However, this is probably the worst way to go about crowd surfing. When you start from the back, the people in front of you can’t see what’s coming, they’re focused on who’s playing. There’s a simple solution to this: start from the front and go back. Everyone will be able to see the surfers and therefore less people will get kicked in the head, trampled on, and dropped. All the seasoned crowd surfers are going to read that and think, “that’s dumb, why would I go away from the stage?” But really, is the risk of hurting yourself worth it?

The big “concert season” is typically the summer, almost all of the popular concerts take place between May to September. Although the concert season for 2016 is almost over, there’s always next year. These tips and tricks will of course apply year after year. Remember, when going to concerts to take care of yourself, be excellent to your fellow fans, and enjoy the night to the fullest.