10 Problems All Concertgoers Understand

10 Problems All Concertgoers Understand

I mean, this is probably a relatable article for people across the world.


If you're reading this article, hopefully, you've been fortunate enough to attend a concert by your favorite artist or band. I know people who have problem been to more Concerts in their first eighteen years of life than I will in my entire life.

*Also, really quickly, I'm defining "Concert" as music artist concerts and not classical music concerts.*

At this point in my life, I've been to a good number of classical music concerts, seeing as I'm a classical violin player, but only one actual Concert. And that first Concert I went to was only in 2017; it was the Atlanta concert of Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour.

In a few words, it was amazing for many reasons. For one, my best friend took me to go see her, so I now categorize that memory in my mental file of "Best Friend Memories." For another, I felt like such a daring student because I had an AP Physics practice exam the next day that I did NOT study for. But it was worth it.

Despite how incredible the whole experience was, I realized that I had felt some things that other concertgoers could relate to. I know I'm not a veteran at "concert-going", but I'm hoping that I'm not the only one who encountered the following feels:

1) Buying concert tickets spontaneously...even though you're pretty close to broke.

We've all been there, right? You probably needed to save that money but it's worth it. Your bank account may not agree though.

2) Memorizing the lyrics to the newest songs, or all of the songs if you don't know the artist's work well.

I'm currently doing this because I bought tickets spontaneously and need to know ALL of Young the Giant's songs before their concert in February. My Spotify literally is replaying the same playlist over and over. It may seem overboard, but I refuse to let this experience go to waste because I can't jump to the music.

3) Planning an outfit because people are TOTALLY gonna see what you look like in the dark

Yup, here's the awkward empty stage pic.


The outfit you choose will be super cute in all the awkward empty stage pics you take with your buddy!

4) Wearing heels or any kind of shoe that makes you short people be able to see over us giants

Sorry you guys aren't a few inches taller. Sincerely, Tall People.

5) Debating between using your phone and "just living in the moment"

This was the tenth selfie we had attempted so the couple behind us was definitely getting a bit antsy and decided to help us make it perfect. Please ignore my face.


I have mixed feelings about this one. I understand both sides. For some, they may not get to go to a lot of concerts in their life, so documenting the ones that they do get to might be really meaningful. Of course it's not a studio-film quality video they'll end up with, but it'll give them the feeling of reliving the experience. That usually leaves the rest of the audience having to deal with a million phone screens blocking their view of their fave musician. If you're taking videos of your favorite songs, you might be someone who ends up screaming along and your video audio will just pick up your "wooing" and screams. And chances are, if you're being obnoxious and taking selfies in your seat, the couple behind you might choose to photobomb you.

6) Conserving your phone battery 

If you are one of the people who just tries to record and Snapchat the whole concert, you'll understand the agony when the concert has only just started but you're on 60% from using it during the opener and just to pass time.

7) Having to stand the whole time

This is where I want to extend an apology to the short people having to wear heels and to the people in the back who can't see no matter what. We all know our backs are gonna be pretty broken the next day.

8) Needing to use the bathroom but they JUST got to the good part of the setlist

You're probably thinking to yourself "I'll go during the next song. Wait, never mind, I love this song. I'll wait till the next one. Nope nope, not this one either." And then you can't wait anymore or you'll explode. Drink water folks, but ration it out.

9) Well, you're probably gonna be deaf from the volume the next day.

After my first concert, I heard ringing for a solid three days. An interesting but uncomfortable side effect of having bass blasted in your ears for a few hours straight.

10) And you'll probably lose your voice.

If you're at the concert of your FAVORITE favorite artist, you're probably gonna scream a good bit. And by good bit, I mean a lot. It's not gonna be the same if you don't. Either way, have a great concert season in 2019; here's to hoping you have some awesome nights.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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