Kids at concerts: Should they be allowed and what’s the age limit?

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to see Olly Murs in concert (again) and it was such a great time, but there was something I noticed… there were some kids at the concert.

Now, I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy themselves, but here’s where I began to get concerned. I counted around 20 children at this event. It was a General Admission, which means that it’s all standing. It’s a very crowded environment with loud music and a lot of intoxicated people. Olly, in particular, is an artist who caters to a full age range of teens, right up to middle aged mums, which is great to have such a broad fan  base, but this means concerts aren’t exactly child-friendly. Olly has a large female fanbase who, like him, are quite cheeky and flirtatious, which there’s nothing wrong with. But between innuendos, some risque moves and lyrics… is this really the place for children? I’m talking as young as six years old and at least half of them ended up in tears or with a sour face.

Photo Credit: Sophie Freestone

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How to improve your chances of buying concert tickets

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’ve been to a fair few concerts over the past few years. I’ve managed to figure out a few tricks in order to increase my chance of getting tickets and with the recent announcement of Justin Bieber finally coming to Cardiff, there’s going to be a lot of people trying to get tickets to the show. Personally, I’m not really a Biebs fan (though if he wanted to give me free tickets to review the show, I would not say no…), but I remember when One Direction performed here in the stadium and how intense it was trying to score tickets, so I thought I’d be generous and let you into my secrets…

1. Sign up to pre-sales

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You have no idea how important this is. Whether it’s with a fan club, an e-newsletter, a specific ticket retailer, you need to sign up to increase your chances. For shows in O2 venues, if you are with O2 (for your phone, internet,etc.), you will have access to O2 Priority. Download the app or go to the website to find out how you can access the exclusive presale. 9 times out of 10 the artist has a website or fansite where you can sign up for pre-sales. For Justin, I know he has a BKSTG fanclub, so download the app ‘BKSTG’ for more info or click here. You should sign up to presale ASAP because they tend to give a specific time and date for you to receive the presale links and passwords. Signing up too late means you will miss out.

2. Create an account with the ticket retailer in advance

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You get a small amount of time to enter your card details when you manage to get tickets, so to make everything a smooth transition, pick your retailer and sign up to it. In fact, it would be best to sign up to as many who will sell the tickets as possible.

3. Use more than one retailer to queue

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If there is more than one retailer selling the tickets, you need to queue in as many possible. This just means using different websites to try and buy the tickets. You won’t be charged for multiple tickets – you need to just better your chances of getting tickets by waiting in more than one queue. Whichever one you get to the front of first is the one you buy tickets from. For example, when getting tickets for One Direction, I opened browser tabs for Ticketmaster and Gigs & Tours and purchased tickets from the one which happened to be quickest.

4. Be prepared

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When those tickets go on sale, you will not believe how fast the websites crash. To better your chance, what I do is open one of the browsers the night before and leave my laptop on sleep mode (be sure you plug it in so it’s fully charged for goodness sake!) and if you are using tip number three, you need to open one for each retailer you plan to queue with. Excessive? Maybe. But those tickets are in high demand, so you need to do what you need to do. Around an hour before the tickets go on sale, open an extra tab for each retailer. I must also add that it does not guarantee you getting the tickets, but 4 out of 6 times I’ve used this method, I ended up getting my tickets really early in comparison to opening the tab on the time of sale.

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April Monthly Favourites 2016

I mention this basically every single post and I’m still not over how quick this year is going! The concert weekend I was so excited for has already been and gone and we’re almost halfway through 2016. But anyway… here are my April favourites!

External 50000mAh Power Bank Pack

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This power bank was a lifesaver at my concert weekend. My phone battery isn’t the greatest, especially since there’s currently an issue with my phone that needs sorting out ASAP, so to have something with me to use on the go was very handy. It’s a bit heavy but the amount of power available from it was amazing. I didn’t need to charge it once over the three days I used it, though I did use a standard phone charger in the hotel. However, the days lasted from as early as 9am til 3am the next day, so considering I was on-off using this to boost my phone throughout those three days, this was definitely worth it. Again, it’s slightly heavy but if you’re going on a short weekend break or a big day out (example; a day at a theme park like Disneyland) this would be perfect.

Get it from eBay for £11.49

Peter Pan phone case

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As previously mentioned in another post, I am a big lover of Peter Pan. I needed a new phone case and saw this one online. I love how it’s not too “childlike” and is quite different from a typical style phone case. I think it captures one of my favourite parts of the story which is where they fly over London to Neverland and the background is a page out of the original Peter Pan fairytale book, which is lovely.

Get it from eBay for £4.75

Wunderlist

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This app was recommended to me by my boss as when I started my full time position at Maximum Pop! It was difficult at first to keep track of everything. I’m a very technology-based kind of person and as much as I love a good notebook, I’m currently in the middle of doing my room out so I don’t have a desk to keep things in. It’s easy to keep track of your to-do lists and even offers for you to create multiple categories. I’ve recently had a category for ‘concerts’ (as you all know by now about my big concert weekend, I had a lot of prepping!) as well as work and a private list for day-to-day things like medication reminders,etc. Not only does it pop up as a reminder on your phone, but you can also get emails sent to you. If you have an Apple laptop/computer you can also download the app on there and it syncs up to the one on your phone/tablet.

Get the app here

LUSH’s Intergalactic bath bomb

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I may have featured this previously, but this is definitely my favourite bath bomb from LUSH. It brings the beauty of outer space right into your bathtub and is very uplifting. There are a few oils amongst the ingreedients including grapefruit, peppermint and cedarwood oil and it definitely feels soothing to the skin. Not to mention it’s very aesthetically pleasing.
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Get it from LUSH for £3.95

 

What have you been loving this month?

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I had my first kiss with Olly Murs… and fainted

Hello, you beautiful people!

Friday, as you know, was Good Friday. I think you could pretty much say that my Friday was rather damn good. It was the day I was reunited with my alltime favourite singer, Olly Murs!

Knowing that Olly meets fans outside the venue for each tour, there was no way that I was going to pass up the opportunity to make his acquaintance. My friend, Cassie, and I went to the back of the arena and waited. And waited. And waited. We probably waited a total of 3 hours and had to stand the entire time. Finally, a security guard with a sexy strong Irish accent walked over and asked “if I bring out Olly, will you promise not to break the barrier? If you break the barrier, then I will take him back in. Promise?” we made the promise and around 20 minutes later, a short Essex bloke came out and roars of screams pierced my eardrums. Cassie was bursting with excitement as he finally got to us. She managed to get a selfie with him. The excitement in her face was enough to light up an entire shopping centre at Christmas. Once he had seen Cassie, it was my turn. Finally. I could hardly wait.

“Hi O-”

“OLLY OLLY OLLY OLLY!”

A woman behind me frantically pushed in front of me. Olly’s face was a bit surprised and mine was furious. I bit my tongue and just patiently waited. Finally, it was my turn.

“Hi Olly!”
“Alright, Darlin’?”
“Could you please do a quick message for my best friend, Courtney? We met because of you online and tomorrow she’ll be coming to Wales where we will meet in person.”

“Of course!”

I shakily pressed record on my iPhone.

“Hi Courtney, lots of love, Darling!”

“Thank you!”

“No problem, babe”

He proceeded to take a selfie with me.

“Olly, can I get a k-”

I stopped myself. Don’t be so silly, Jazz. 

Suddenly I felt a pair of lips linger on the corner of my own. Olly extended his arm to take a selfie on my phone. A quick click and it was over, but the lips had now moved to match mine. He quickly but softly pecked my lips before saying “thank you for coming today.”  I hugged him and pecked him on the cheek.

“Thank you.”

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Before I knew it, security were pushing us away and Olly was escorted in the opposite direction. Cassie was squealing and without even realising, so was I. I just had my first kiss. Not with anyone, but Olly Murs. My favourite singer ever. We kissed. We kissed. 

The rest of the time up until the concert was quite a blur because it was constant queuing. When we finally got there, we bought some merch and went into the photobooth for some pics. Finally, it was showtime.

Olly is such a spectacular performer. He always gets the crowd going with his flawless voice, incredible dance moves, irresistible charm and cheeky banter. The entire concert was amazing… until the end.

I basically had no sleep the night before and didn’t eat the entire day due to excitement. I then proceeded to wait  outside the arena from 2pm until around 5:30 and met him before queuing for a very long time to get into the arena. This was a standing concert so I was on my feet up until the last 20 minutes. Everything was like it was in another room. Olly on the b stage, just meters away from me and instead of my usual happy vibes at a concert, I felt weak and dizzy.

“Alright?” Someone asked. I don’t know who, but I could hear a droned voice. Suddenly there was gasping and I saw black spots in front of my eyes.

I didn’t fully faint but I was basically almost blacked out and it triggered a panic attack so I panicked my way out of fully fainting. It felt weird and something I had never ever experienced before. I was scared. The crowd were angry when I pushed my way through to try and leave.

“What are you playing at?!” asked one intoxicated woman.
“I’M GOING TO FAINT!” I snapped as I shakily pushed through the crowd.

I got outside and broke into a full panic attack. Poor Cassie looked worried and I felt the weight of the guilt sit on my shoulders. I had ruined this for her.

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There was no need for a zoom on this… swoon.
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Literal sweetheart
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The photo booth pre concert. As you can see, my fringe was not my friend and in the first pic, I wasn’t ready.

The medics were wonderful and helped me recover. My mother and Cassie’s mother were called to the venue and they sneaked Cassie’s mother in to the venue to take my place with Cassie for the remainder of the concert. I left the venue broken hearted that I had missed the end and spoilt it for Cassie, but I was reassured by her mother that Cassie still enjoyed herself and wouldn’t have met him without me. I also made Courtney ecstatic with the video and had my first kiss. I guess, in the end, if I had to choose to faint afterwards to achieve what I got from Olly, I would have taken one for the team. Oh, the shame. Not!

Overall, it was a truly amazing show and a memory I will forever keep treasured. Thanks, Olly. Hope your girlfriend doesn’t mind. No hard feelings, yeah?

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