The 101 Guide to an International Concert

guide to concerts Ever since we moved back to the US, our lives have been the opposite of our lives in London. Instead of the fast paced, always doing something life, now it's a slow motion, take it easy, hibernate from the heat kind of life.

I've been to concerts in 3 different continents and the set up is pretty much the same everywhere, seats, bleachers, general admission (floor), although, in the US there are so many little rules for everything that it can take the fun out of it, seriously.

Last week was a little out of the ordinary, I went to the Bryan Adams concert, on Tuesday, then Fri and Sat to U2. I cannot explain how much I've missed going to live concerts because I didn't even know myself, I missed it so much.

US Ariways Center

I LOVE IT!

For someone who's been going to concerts since about 10-12 yrs old, I know a thing or two about how to handle it. Now I am the kind of person who will stand on the floor, for me this is what a live concert is all about and that thing of seating down, maybe clapping once or twice is not for me. I'd rather stay home and not go at all. I like the crowd, I like the feelings you get, I love to watch the artist perform to the best of their abilities, right there in front of me.

What to Wear/Bring

  • Jeans
  • T-shirt- I was never one to buy concert gear, actually this U2 concert was the first time I ever got something, just as a momentum for my daughter's 1st concert. But if you have the band's gear, why not?
  • Comfortable trainers/tennis shoes
  • If you are a girl, red lipstick, mascara and eye liner. No need for anything else, after all, you will be dancing like crazy and... let's say... getting a bit stick by the end of it.
  • Tickets!
  • ID

What Not to Wear/Bring

  • Necklaces - they hurt and bother when you're jumping up/down
  • Pretty little dresses
  • Sandals, any open toe shoes, flats, high heels - you'd be amazed by the amount of people who do that, then complain they're getting stepped on, or that their feet are wet from all the beer spilled
  • Bags - jeans have pockets, use them - just don't put your driver's license in the same back pocket as your phone so you don't lose it, talking for experience here.
  • Guns, knives
  • Any food or drink as it will be confiscated

What to Do

  • Eat before you get to the venue
  • Make sure you're safe, especially at the end
  • On that note, watch those around you, make friends (if you're alone, or just hang out with your friends)
  • Set up a meeting point, like me and my husband, we like to enjoy concerts our own ways, so we just do our thing and meet up afterwards
  • Go to the bathroom before you enter the floor area, once you're on your spot, if you leave, you lose it
  • Check out where the emergency exits are and if anything weird happens, make your way as fast as you can
  • Stay away from drunks
  • Stay hydrated - I drink loads of water before and after, but not during it, but that's my way of doing it.
  • Bring your camera/phone - usually they'll not let you with a flash camera, as it bothers the artists
  • If you're up for it, head to the front and make your way as close to the stage as you can
  • If not, stay further back, you will enjoy it just as much, and probably not be bashed about
  • Get there about 2-3hrs before the doors are about to open. When I was younger, I used to get there up to 4hrs in advance and wait in line. It's fun and you get in the mood.
  • Be pleasant to those around you and expect the same courtesy
  • Take it all in, enjoy the moment, dance, scream, be a child again. Believe me, is watching...

What Not do Do

  • Camp outside the arena for 2-3 days... I've never done, it, I have no interest in doing it and refuse to do it.
  • If you do camp outside 2-3 days in advance, it's totally your prerogative, don't feel entitled to the show and think you deserve more than anyone else around you. You don't! You want to get to the rails, and camp outside day in and day out, fine, but don't ruin my night because you're hungry, dirty, and tired. I will be right behind you during the show, clean, happy, rested and with a full belly, so get over it.
  • Keep your driver's license on the same pocket as your  phone... please see items above.
  • Get drunk
  • Bring guns,knives, start fights
  • Don't complain about being pushed around, you're on the floor, in a concert, if that bothers you, pay for a seat

So, we watched U2 for 2 nights in a row, the first night we got seats because we brought our daughter, the next night we had floor tickets. I have to say, we watched 2 completely different shows.

The Edge

It's hard to explain the thrill of standing in a concert. Especially watching a band like U2, they're amazing. I've been a huge fan since I first heard of them many moons ago. If you watch Bono's face, he gets high on having 15000-30000 people singing his song in unison, I mean, come on, who wouldn't? It must be one of the best feelings in the world!

My husband and I were still on a high today, just talking about it. Simply amazing.

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Oh, and as a joke, I made a little infographic about camping or not camping before a concert. Then you can make up your own mind if you'd be up for it or not.

Concert-Infographic

Have fun!