Shan’s Guide to Gigs – How to Enjoy a Concert to the Full

Hey guys!

As a lot of you will know by now, I go to a lot of concerts and gigs etc.

So I thought I’d do a little guide type thing, with my advice for enjoying a concert to its full potential!

– The first, and most important thing, is to make sure its an artist you like. This may sound dumb, but it’s true. I’m all for attending live music even if I’m not the biggest fan – because I love live music! But that being said, I wouldn’t chose to go to a concert of an artist that I really dislike, because it’s not going to be enjoyable. 

– Know the songs before hand. Obviously, if they’re performing new songs you won’t know them, but theres nothing worse than standing in a crowd full of people who are screaming the lyrics and you don’t even know them. So just brush up a bit before the show – it’s more fun if you can sing along! (regardless of how tone-deaf you are!)

– Go with people you’re comfortable with! Don’t just grab anyone who perhaps doesn’t like the artist, or who you’re not comfortable being fully yourself with. If you’re anything like me, being in a gig is when you’re in your element. So you want to be with someone you don’t mind seeing you jump around like an idiot…

– WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES. Ladies this is for you… I’m a teenage girl, TRUST ME I’ve made the mistake of wearing heels – not worth it. I know you want to look nice, but to be honest, not many people will see what you wear, and if they do they probably won’t even care. I’d advise jeans, comfortable shoes (converse are a must for me) and layers, so if you get too hot you can tie them around your waist.

– If you get the chance, queue. This won’t be for everyone, but if you’re up for it, queueing is my favourite part of a concert! I’ve done it many times – ranging from short periods of time to around 8 hours… This is where I feel you find people similar to you (especially if it’s an artist you really like.). I always make really good friends in queues and some of them I’m still friends with today, from concerts years ago! I don’t want to pull the MOM card, but seriously from experience, if it’s winter…WRAP UP.

– Positioning. If its a standing gig, make sure you’re comfortable with where you’re standing. If you want to be front row and don’t mind being pushed around a little, then I’d advise queueing, but if you’re a bit claustrophobic or don’t like being in the centre of the crowd, stick to the back. The show is just as good- if not better – from back there!  

– The show. Don’t watch it through your phone. This ones hard, and sometimes I’m guilty of it too! I know it’s important to film and take photos for memories, but you’ll regret it afterwards if you spend the phone time watching the show through your phone! If you’re filming, hold it up and then watch the performance. It does’t matter if it’s not your best camera work!

– Eat before hand. Venue food is soo expensive, so try and eat before the concert, or if you’re queueing, take some food with you, like sandwiches! (I’m starting to sound more like your mum…) Venues usually don’t let you take food or drink inside, so I’d have it before you go in, although I’ve definitely snuck a bottle of water in before!

ENJOY!!! This is the most important tip anyone can give you, just enjoy yourself! When you’re at an event like this no one really cares what you’re doing, so if you want to dance like a fool, you dance like a fool! You’ve paid to have a good night, so make sure you do! (And you should do if you’ve followed my tips correctly!)

I hope you guys liked this post, I had alot of fun writing it, something a little bit different but let me know what you think! Also let me know if I should do more post like this!

I’d love to hear some of your concert stories – funny or embarrassing , you can tweet me @SweetlyShan or leave a comment down below and I’ll probably reply to you with some of mine! 

Thanks for reading guys,


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