We all know the incredible rush of excitement that happens when your favourite band announces that they’re touring. Here are 7 great tips for ensuring that you get to enjoy the entire experience
Get to know the location of the venue
Knowing exactly where the venue is located is crucial for any further planning. With most concerts being held in major cities – traffic, accommodation, parking and public transport are some of the things you will have to take into consideration.
Find and book accommodation early
Depending on how popular the artist, accommodation anywhere near the venue will most likely be taken up very quickly. As the concert tickets themselves are usually quit expensive, cheap accommodation is something that will be sorely needed. You can utilise sites such as booking.com, airbnb or even going through hotels that offer dormitory style rooms such as the Y Hotel in Sydney (yhotels.com.au).
Getting to know your transport options and fastest routes
Make sure to inquire about parking availability as free parking is not usually offered anywhere around major venues and public parking is usually quite expensive. Add the crowds of people who will be attending and you are most likely going to find it quite a struggle. Utilising public transport networks is highly recommended to take away a lot of this stress. Make sure to fully research what public transport options are available and which will get you to your event the fastest. You may also need to organise transport cards ahead of time.
Ticket Back-ups to avoid any last minute disappointment
For many attending concerts, losing tickets on the way to the venue is common. The great thing about websites such as ticketek or moshtix is that they offer an email copy of your ticket, and also include a receipt and booking reference that automatically gets sent to your email address. Make sure to keep these handy just in case you lose your hard copy.
Although sitting in line for hours on end is not the most attractive part of attending any event, it is also necessary to ensure that you get to experience the entirety of the show. For those concerts that are not seated, it is important to get in early so as not to end up at the back of the room with a very poor view of the stage. How disappointing would it be to spend so much money and time planning in anticipation for a performance that you can’t even see? The painstaking hours spent in line will all be worth it when you are front and centre for your favourite artists’ entrance.
Dress comfortably and make sure to wear your dancing shoes
It is very tempting to dress ourselves up and put on your hottest heels or pretty shoes just in case we bump into the hot rockstar we’ve been crushing on for years (Yes girls, we’ve all thought about it). Although we may look great at the beginning of the night, 2 hours in we find standing unbearable, your jacket is making you too hot and your pants are too tight. Dressing in a comfortable pair of shoes and clothes that are easy to move around in will ultimately make the experience a lot more enjoyable and you will not be distracted from the stage by the pain in your feet.
Don’t restrain yourself because you may be shy or usually well put together or quiet. Enjoy the night. Let yourself sing loudly, dance and scream out the name of your favourite band member. This will be the night you will look back on and remember for a long time to come. And as many artists do not tour the same countries all the time, it is important to get the most out of it while you have the opportunity.