Five Tips For Student Concertgoers
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Five Tips For Student Concertgoers

Zoe Kramer December 25, 2022

There are a lot of unspoken rules about how to behave at concerts, and it’s easy to find yourself treading on some toes (figuratively and literally) if you haven’t had them explained to you. Not everyone agrees about all of the rules, and situations can vary depending on the type of music and the venue, but there are some principles that are always good to abide by. So if you’re heading to your first concert, or if you just want a refresher to double check you’re on the right track, here are some of the basic tenets of being a good crowd member. Basically, five tips for student concertgoers that should ensure the night goes smoothly.

Cheer on the opening acts

You might not know or love all of the bands that are playing in a given show, but try to show them support just like you would for the band you came for. Musicians feed off the energy of the crowd, so if you give out energy, you’re more likely to get a better set, and the bands will have a much better experience.

Don’t squish the people in front

It’s tempting to try to sneak through the crowd to get closer to the stage, but bear in mind that when many people do this it can cause the front row of the crowd to get pushed against the barrier. The best way to get a good spot is to show up early. Otherwise, it’s completely fine to hang out in the middle or back section.

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Stay hydrated

Being at a concert can mean being on your feet, dancing, and moving around for hours in a sea of warm, sweaty bodies. In other words, it’s an environment that’s pretty conducive to passing out. Unfortunately, some venues don’t let you bring water in, so always check what the rules are beforehand. If you can’t bring your own water, be sure and purchase some before the show.

Know the personal space principles

Depending on the type of ticket you have, different rules for personal space apply. If you have stadium seats, for example, it’s fair to expect that everyone keeps an even distance from one another. In the pit, however, it’s normal for people dancing to bump into each other, as long as it’s not targeted contact. Choose your ticket type according to your comfort level, and know what to expect beforehand.

If someone falls, pick them up

This is the most important rule, since someone falling in a crowd can result in serious injury. Keep an eye on those around you for their safety, even people you don’t know. As long as there’s a shared level of respect, and everyone looks out for one another, you’re bound to have a great time.

If you follow these tips for student concertgoers, you can really make the most of the event whoever is performing.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.