Now that the weather is getting warmer, more of us are going to concerts and sporting events. Going to a concert can be a lot of fun, but unsafe. Learning how to be safe will ensure that you have a great experience. Here are a few tips on how to be safe at a concert or musical festival.
Investigate the venue
It would be ideal if you or someone you personally know has seen a show at the venue before. The venue is one of the best indicators of what type of show it will be, what the atmosphere will be like, and what kind of people will be there. If you haven’t heard of the venue before, simply doing a Google image search should give you a decent idea of what it’s like. Entrances at the venue should be patrolled by security and have steel bollards in place for security measures.
Bring a friend
Sometimes going alone is the only option. But if you have a friend or two to take along, do it. Not only will you be safer, but you’ll almost certainly have more fun if you have someone you care about to share the experience with. If you have people with you then you’re less likely to be harassed and, if things do turn ugly, you have greater support to help you out.
Leave your valuables at home
A phone and enough money to buy food and water. That’s all you need to bring. Not only is there a chance of theft, but it’s also easy to simply misplace something of value. Keep the valuables that you do bring close to you at all times. If you’re bringing a backpack, don’t put it down.
Avoid the mosh pit
You might be tempted to get as close to the performers as you can, but consider if it’s really worth the risk of being in such a crowd. The closer you get to the stage, the more agitated the crowd gets. In the mosh pit, everyone wants to move forward. This leads to a lot of pushing, shoving and possible injuries. If you get anxious in large crowds, the mosh pit is definitely not the place for you.
Avoid being dehydrated at a concert. Drink plenty of water beforehand and bring some with you to the event. If you neglect to give your body the fluids it needs to make up for all the sweating you’ll be doing at the concert, you could pass out.
Most importantly, enjoy it. Concerts are meant to be a time to relax, absorb good music, and make great memories. If you take the concert precautions and use common sense, then the event will be nothing, but great fun.