My Concert Tips

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My concert season is rapidly approaching, with less than two weeks until my big 5 Seconds of Summer concert weekend, followed by Beyonce in the summer. It’s around this time of year that many people have concerts coming up. I know some people just turn up to the concert, enjoy, then go home. For others, it’s more of a big outing – especially if they’re a big fan of the artist. Following from last year’s post about my five concert essentials, I’ve written up some of my key tips for getting the best experience from your concert.

Sign up to pre-orders

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Lots of acts offer a pre-sale if you sign up to their website or newsletters. Find out all the pre-order details and sign up. This way you’re pretty much guaranteed tickets to the show and if you miss out on pre-sale, you have a second chance at general sale. It may also be a great idea to check big fan accounts of that artist via social media because they usually have their ways of finding out all the information you may need.

 

Start saving immediately

Piggy Bank

Whether you plan to get a lot of merch or go out for food before the show, if you start saving from the day you book your tickets right up until the day of the concert, you’ll have a good amount of money to spend. A lot of concerts sell their tickets around 10 months in advance to the actual show, so if you put £5 in  jar every week up until the show that’s 5 X 43 = £215! That means you don’t have to scrape and be very careful with your cash at the event.

 

Staying in a hotel? Book early!

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Personally, because of how far my local concert venue is n comparison to where I live and catching the last train home means missing a good 30 minutes of the show, I tend to book a cheap hotel for the night. If you’re like me and book accommodation, definitely book early. The closer to the date you plan to stay at the venue, the more expensive it is. Also, if an act is very big, there’s a chance they have dedicated fans travelling from afar to see them and hotels book up very quickly, not to mention take advantage of the prices. This happened when One Direction came to Cardiff and it’s happening again with Beyonce’s show.

 

Portable chargers are your best friend

Charger

I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll mention it again – take a portable charger. Smartphones are all the rage and there’s a high chance you’ll be using it to take photos/videos of y0ur show or even tweet about it. Smart phones don’t always have smart batteries, so definitely try and invest in a portable charger. Or two, just to be safe.

 

Want merch? Get it at the right time

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Never wait until the end of a concert for merch. 1. Everyone has that same idea and 2. lots of things sell out so it’s not guaranteed you’ll be able to get what you wanted. Some concerts offer priority merch access to customers who are signed up to specific clubs, so make sure you find out and take advantage. If you get to the venue to queue early enough, there’s a good chance you will be able to get to the front of the merch queue. Failing that, during the support act is a great time.

 

Not a fan of the support act? Use your time wisely

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Speaking of support acts, if you’re not a fan of the ones at your concert, use their set time wisely. Don’t just sit there bored. Go and use the restroom while it’s quiet, go and get some food, your merch or a drink. You’ll be thankful for it later.

 

Bring a spare bottle cap

bottle cap

This may sound weird but lots of venues for some reason won’t let you keep the cap of your water/drink bottle as they think you’re going to throw it. So now you have to awkwardly hold your drink (meaning you probably want to chug it all down before the show even starts instead of saving it to quench your thirst) which is pretty annoying. If you sneak a bottle cap in your pocket (NOT in your bag – there’s the bag search) when they take your bottle cap away from your drink, you can take it back to your seat and slyly put the new one on. #ConcertLifeHack

 

Always keep a friendly attitude

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There can always be absolute idiots and rude people at concerts – don’t be one. If there are some around you, please try to keep your cool. You can always bitch about them when you get home. The more

Those are some of my biggest tips for concerts. I hope they’re of some use to you! Do you have any concert tips? Comment below!

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

What to take to a concert – my 5 essentials

My concert checklist

I’m pretty sure I’ve told you this, but I have three concerts next month. I’m pretty damn excited but I want to make sure I’m prepared and yes, you need to be prepared for a concert. Whether it’s just the basic purse, ticket, etc. or preparing to queue early for a standing concert to get closer to the front – being prepare makes it much less stressful on the day. Here’s my essentials for every concert.

1. Portable phone charger

EasyAcc

It’s pretty handy to keep your phone charged, whether you plan to use your smartphone as a camera or just to keep in contact with people (pick up/meet up arrangements, emergencies,etc.) and with the blasted iphone battery not being the phone’s  best quality, it’s a good idea to keep your phone topped with charge. I have the EasyAcc 10000MAH Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB which is said to “give 5-6 full charges to your iPhone 5 or 2.5-3.5 charges for Samsung Galaxy S4, S3” and so far has failed to let me down. Get it for £18.99 from Amazon.

2. Backpack

Backpack

People normally question as to why I take a backpack to a concert and there’s actually a few reasons. While you may want to show off your favourite bag, there is a chance that it may get damaged at any point, so it’s best not to take one you really like or with flimsy straps. Another reason is merch. Lots of people tend to buy merchandise and with a big bag comes good storage. The last thing you want to do is have to hold a carrier bag when you’re trying to get into the music. The backpack I tend to use is either an old school bag or one I bought for around five euros in Paris. If you have an old one, feel free to use it, or buy a cheap one from eBay. Tip: Don’t take a hiker backpack, just something big enough to hold various items and won’t get in everyone’s way.

 3. Money 

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A bit obvious, I know, but it’s an idea to save up. Whether it’s for merch or refreshments. An idea to have enough money for the concert without finding it too hard to save is to keep a concert jar and put a small amount in every week. For an example, if you buy tickets around 6 months to the concert and save £5 a week, you could have £120 for the concert without breaking the bank meaning you can buy without worrying too much.

4. Snacks/Water

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If you plan to queue for a while, make sure you take snacks and a drink to eat as you won’t  be allowed to take them into the concert. If you plan to just turn up, make sure you eat before hand.

5. Comfortable shoes

Vans

Heels, wedges, flimsy shoes = no. You need sturdy and comfortable shoes that you can stand in for a long period of time. Also, anything with a heel is also a hazard because you could tread on someone’s foot and gain a very unamused look from someone. I usually wear Vans like the ones pictured above which cost £47.

I hope this helps you for future concerts! Is there anything you like to take to concerts?

 

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.