For around 7 years now i have been going to gigs. I find it hard to believe how many i managed to go to while i was still at school with hardly any weekly allowance, i would save my school dinner money up just so i could buy tickets to see my favourite bands and i never failed. Going to concerts is an absolute passion of mine, there is no better feeling than hearing and seeing the real thing, i get goosebumps just thinking about it. Music is my one true obsession, there's not a day i haven't got my iPod with me, listening to my favourites, or even looking back at music i used to listen to and the artists i used to worship.
I've been wanting to talk about this for a very long time, it being such a big part of my life it's never really something i can put into words to justify how much it means to me. Is that weird? I don't think so, passion is a great thing to have. I was and still am a massive Rock music fan, all types of rock, you name it, i love it. I tried my best to see all the bands i adored as a teenager, i would queue up at silly o clock in the morning just to get to the barrier of each gig. I spent long days waiting to see them and i never regretted it. Okay, i'm rambling i know. I wanted to write about my experiences in the form of things to look out for and things you shouldn't really do, from what I've seen anyway.
- Try and make friends at gigs.
Reason One - You might actually be friends with them for a long while, i made a lot of great friends through going to gigs and having the same type of music taste always helped with finding someone to go to gigs with.
Reason Two - Being friendly with the people around you in the venue itself is a massive help, you don't want dickish people around you that possibly could make your night a bad night just by them being next to you. There's no harm in being nice, and if they aren't nice back, it's their loss... Move to another spot to avoid any confrontation/crowd pushing.
- PEOPLE WILL PUSH YOU. This WILL happen. Please get over it. Crowds tend to play games of pushing in a side to side motion, it's something that just happens, don't get mad. Just try and have fun with it or just get out of the crowd.
- Avoid flying cups at all costs. It could contain beer, it could contain other fluids you don't want all over your body. Eugh.
- If you don't want to be pushed/shoved/attacked, stay away from the Mosh Pits, I've seen Mosh Pits at ridiculous gigs i wouldn't imagine would have them, stay to the sides and you'll be fine.
- Prepare for your body to ache, bruise, hurt, all those kinds of words. Standing at gigs is painful, and you will be sore, i see it as a reminder of how much fuckin' fun you had last night.
- If you want to get the barrier, there will be people queuing at ridiculous times of the morning to secure their place at the front, so i'd prepare for a long day.
- Meeting bands is fairly easy if they haven't got hundreds of screaming fangirls waiting outside their Tour Bus. Just chill at the back of the venues and they're sure to come out of them at some point, just don't hassle them. The last thing they need is fans following their every step before a gig.
- Stay hydrated. Specially if you intend to dance the night away, it's very easy to lose your voice from singing so water is ALWAYS needed.
- Stay with your friends. There's plenty of drunk/drugged up people around you who could easily approach you if you stray away from your friends. (I've had a drunk guy make me dance with him because i left the barrier away from my friends, very uncomfortable!)
- HAVE FUN. DANCE SO HARD YOUR LEGS FALL OFF THE DAY AFTER. SCREAM SO LOUD THE BAND TELLS YOU THAT YOU'RE THE LOUDEST CROWD THEY'VE HAD OF THE TOUR. ENJOY YOURSELF.
So that was kind of my top 10 tips, there's SO much more i could say, but i reckon i said the most important to remember.
Are you a gig-goer? Lets talk about it, i love talking about that stuff.
I might make a few more posts like this, I'd love to share my favourite gig moments, there's been quite a few.