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17 Tips for Concert Safety
Concerts are fun experiences. You finally get to see that band you’ve listened to every day for the past year raw and in the flesh. For some, it can be a moving experience, while others become concert veterans – seeing every show that comes their way. Regardless of what you seek from these shows, you’ll want to be up to date on concert safety.
People get hurt all the time – trampled, drugged, punched, lost, etc. Following this list, you’ll be more knowledgeable of how to go to concerts safely and still have an awesome time.
- Drink Lots of Water – Concerts are filled with people dancing around. Sweating is bound to happen, and with shows lasting an average of two and a half to three hours, you’re going to lose a lot of water. Drink tons of water before and after the show to prevent feeling lightheaded.
- Dress Properly – This goes along with drinking water. The heavier you dress, the more you’re going to sweat. Keep in mind if the show is indoor or outdoor, has a coat check, and where you’re seated. These all factor into what you’ll be wearing at the show.
- Protect Your Money – Once the show gets going, and you’re really into it, the last thing you want to think of is keeping an eye on your money. Keep it in a concealed pocket, or maybe a shoe or even your underwear. Anywhere other than a back pocket – you’re just asking for it to be stolen that way.
- Don’t Go Alone – Of course, this can vary based on the location and crowd the concert attracts, but generally, it’s not too safe to go to a show alone. If something terrible happens, a buddy will be there to watch your back, plus, it’s always more fun to experience a show with someone else!
- Watch for Security – Security is usually everywhere at a show. Yes, they will be looking out for dangerous business, but it’s impossible to expect security to see everything. Knowing where they are during a show is smart – it can prevent a fight, theft, or even an overzealous friend who forgot to drink enough water before the show.
- Keep an Eye On Your Surroundings – Watch out for the people around you. Listen to what they’re talking about before the show. Scope out any dangerous looking characters and stay away from them. You’ll enjoy the experience more and ensure your safety.
- Don’t Take Drugs From Others – This one should be a no-brainer. Don’t accept drugs, pills, really anything from strangers. You never know whats in them. Even the nicest looking people are capable of doing some awful stuff.
- Have A Meet-Up Spot – If you’re going with a group of friends, it’s entirely possible you’ll all get separated during the craziness of a show. Spend a few minutes beforehand to pick a meeting spot just in case. It will save you all a headache.
- Bring a Portable Charger – Nowadays, everyone has a cell phone. Most concert-goers use it to record the entire show. If you’re one of those people, bring a portable charger to keep your battery up. You never know when you might need a phone.
- Wear Ear Plugs – Even if it isn’t the “cool” thing to do, wear them for your protection. Loud music is awful for your long-term hearing, and you can buy plugs that barely distort the sound at all. The band wears them to protect their hearing, so can you.
- Have Phone Numbers Memorized – In the chance that your cell phone does die, you don’t have a portable battery, no meeting spot planned, and you’ve been separated from your friends, it’s smart to know their phone numbers. That way, you can find another concert-goer and quickly borrow their phone. It’s never stupid to be prepared.
- Say Something – This goes along with knowing where security is. If you see something sketchy going on, be sure to say something. Don’t just wait for someone else to do it. It’s your responsibility to report that sort of stuff.
- Know the Location – Some concert venues are super convoluted. It’s smart to know how the place is laid out – exits, sections, etc. If something goes wrong, you know how to be out of there and into safety.
- Be Social – Talk with your fellow concert-goers. You all have one thing in common – your love for the band! It’s a natural talking point, and bonding with the people around you could come in handy should something go wrong.
- Know Your Transportation – Did you take public transportation to the show? Do you have a car + a driver? Make sure you know how to get out after the event. It’s important that drivers don’t get drunk at a show, and that you make it in time to the public vehicle you need to get home.
- Keep Eyes On Your Drink – If you’re of age and order a drink at the show, keep an eye on it at all times! As mentioned earlier, there are people out there that will drug you. Having your drink with you will prevent anyone from slipping something in there.
- Tell Friends and Family Where You Are – Just in case something were to happen, make sure to tell your friends and family where the concert is. That way they know where to look if they can’t get in contact with you.
There you have it. Seventeen tips on how to be safe at a concert. As long as you plan, you can have a great time at the show while keeping yourself out of danger. Now that you’re more educated on the subject, be sure to get your tickets at one of the major players in the business.