9 Tips For Your First Music Festival— After You Wash Away The Shame Of Waiting This Long

9 Tips For Your First Music Festival— After You Wash Away The Shame Of Waiting This Long

It will be the best and craziest weekend of your life.


So I had the chance to go to Music Midtown in Atlanta a few weeks ago. This was my first music festival and I was expecting a good time. I knew it was going cool but boy I was not expecting it to go down the way that it did. Since festival season is closing out, I wanted to give my advice from my experience at my first music festival.

1. Stick to your original plan


Have a game plan and stick to it. If the gates open at 12, then get there before 11 to not be in the long lines outside the venue. If you're leaving at eight, leave at eight before you get stuck in the traffic of people and cars leaving the venue. Multiple artists are performing at different stages through the whole event so you need to know what time sets are and where to go.

2. Have a budget


Festivals tickets are expensive but so is getting there. If it's out of state, then you have to think about plane tickets or driving, and hotel stays. The cheapest tickets to get are Spirit airlines or Southwest. I know it's the bottom but a $200 Delta ticket versus a $89 Southwest ticket is not debatable. Book your hotel a month before the festival because they book up quick as soon as the festival dates drop. Keep it simple and save your coins.

3. Hydrate the whole day


No matter what festival you go to, it's going to be hot. Bring your own water bottle and drink two bottles of water before you go to the festival. The water stations have long lines and bottles of water are overpriced.

4. Get the festival map

Make sure to get the festival map on your phone so you won't get lost. Know where the stages are and where to find the restrooms by getting the festival app. It will have your location and a live view of the whole festival venue.

5. Prepare to swim through the crowds


The crowds in festivals are insane. It's crowded and hot the whole day. You are going to be pressed and pushed up against people you've only known for two hours. Be prepared to swim and dive through the crowds to get some oxygen and go to where you wants to be.

6. Festival food is expensive

Festival food is not cheap and vendors are always overpricing their food when they book these big festivals. You don't have to starve but have breakfast before you go. I would be $40 for to two sets of meals for lunch and dinner plus a couple of drinks, if you are 21 and over.

7. You don't have to buy merchandise for the memories


Festival merchandise is going to be expensive and the cheapest thing you'll find is a hat for $10. If you want to get some merch from the festival vendors, I would go for the cheapest shirt. Also, a lot of the sponsors will have free merchandise for attendees at the festival so you don't have to spend $50 on a shirt and a poster.

8. People will be turnt to the max


People get wild at these festivals and have leway to have a good time. People are leaving their everyday lives for the weekend and problems so it will get pretty crazy. People are crowd surfing, smoke weed, drink to the nines. Just be aware that you'll be seeing some things in two or three days you're out there.

9. Have Fun

Remember to enjoy the experience and have a good time. You are living your best life and should enjoy the time of your life.

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25 Helpful Tips To Survive Any General Admission Concert

The smaller the show, the better. Trust me.

Live music is something we should all experience in our lifetimes, however, general admission shows can admittedly be a bit daunting. Whether you're a seasoned concert goer or a first timer, I'm sure some of these tips could help make your experience more enjoyable, or frankly, survivable. Let's face it, it gets a little scary in the pit sometimes....

Before the show (day of):

1. If you plan on being front row for your favorite band at a GA show, show up a few hours early to sit outside the venue.

This tactic is so much easier than having to wiggle your way to the front in a very territorial crowd. If you want front row, you're going to have to earn it, and that means sitting down on a cold patch of concrete for hours at a time. You will even meet some cool fans who are just as dedicated as you, and who knows, you may make a friend or two.

2. Always bring a printed copy of your ticket, just in case.

Most venues will accept electronic tickets from your phone, but some venues do not. It's always good to print out a copy of your ticket or check with the venue beforehand to ensure your e-ticket will suffice. Many venues have Twitter pages and will answer quickly if you wish to ask.

3. Never assume you can buy tickets at the door.

You may be able to get away with last minute ticket shopping for smaller shows, but for the most part, it's best to buy ahead as to minimize your panic on the day of the show.

4. Buy your tickets as far in advance as possible.

Most general admission shows are super cheap if you buy tickets as soon as they are released. However, if you put it off, a $20 show can easily become a $100 show. Keep up with your favorite band's tour dates and set reminders to buy tickets as soon as they go on sale to save some money. Beware of ticket resellers, as they will rip you off with zero shame and mercy.

5. Do not be afraid to attend a show by yourself if you are unable to find someone to come with you.

It's happened to all of us. Our concert buddy has to work on the day of a highly anticipated show and despite asking everyone we know, no one can tag along, so we stay home and drown our sorrows in cookie dough ice cream instead. But that is no longer okay. Attending a show by ourselves may seem daunting, unexciting, and let's face it, we don't want to be dubbed a loser. But I'm here to tell you, none of that will happen. Odds are, you're not going to be the only one riding solo at the show and no one will know if you're alone or with a pack of friends anyway. This may even be an opportunity to make new friends and branch out.

6. Make sure to pack a few water bottles for after the show, and if it's a summer show, bring a cooler.

Trust me, as soon as you leave the show, you're going to be dying for a bottle of ice cold water so make sure you have a bottle or two in the car. It will be your savior.

7. Eat a complete meal before the show.

Shows can be expend a lot of energy, so it's always a good idea to come to a show on a relatively full stomach. The last thing you want to happen is pass out a show because you didn't eat or drink beforehand.

8. Dress comfortably and forget about being cute.

Indoor general admissions shows can get a little sweaty, especially if you find yourself squished between a bunch of people. You're going to regret wearing your heeled booties after two hours of standing (trust me, i've been there, done that). You may leave the house looking cute, but odds are, you're going to look every bit of a sweaty disaster post-show.

9. If you're going to wear make-up, make sure it's waterproof.

During the show, you will have water poured on your face by security guards, you will sweat more than you ever have in your whole life, and there may even be a tear or two. Unless you want to have crazy mascara streaks and eyeliner on your nose, you should probably wear waterproof make-up. Then again, no one is going to judge you for your post-show appearance, because odds are, they're not going to be looking too hot themselves. Embrace your ugly and rock out.

10. Wear your hair up.

During the show your hair will likely be pulled, grabbed, and touched by the people in front of you. It's also super annoying to get a face-full of hair at a show, so to make everyone happy, it's a good idea to throw your hair into a high pony and call it a day.

11. Don't, I repeat, DON'T wear a a hoodie or jacket to a show.

Most venues are poorly air-conditioned, and when you throw a million lights and a room full of people into the mix, shows can get pretty hot. The hoodie may have seemed like a good idea going into the show, but five minutes in, you're going to be resenting that hoodie and every life decision you've ever made up to that point. Some venues will have coat-check, but they can get pretty expensive and why risk precious time checking in your coat when you can be rushing to the stage instead? I always try to dress as cooly as I can, despite the weather outside. You can always bring a flannel or light sweater to wrap around your waist when you get warm.

12. Bring in as little as you can to a show and leave the valuables in the car, if at possible.

If you absolutely need to bring things into the venue (phone, medication, merch/beer money, keys, etc.), it's a good idea to bring a small purse or fanny-pack (which are so in style right now) to the show. Don't haul your entire purse to the show because I guarantee you're going to regret lugging it around real quick. And to minimize lost or damaged items, it's best to keep your most beloved items locked safely in the car. Crowds can get pretty rowdy and it's not uncommon to have something broken.

13. To my fellow glasses-wearers: if at all possible, either ditch the glasses for the night or wear contacts.

It's going to rough, but if you can do it, you will not regret it. As mentioned above, crowds get super rowdy, and when you throw in all the crowd surfers who will inevitably kick you or fall on you, there are plenty of chances for your glasses to fall off or be broken. Trust me, I've had two separate pairs of prescription glasses broken beyond repair at shows, and i've seen it happen plenty of other times as well. One semi-blurry night is far better than having to pay for glasses repairs or replacements in the future. Trust me on this one, guys.

During the show:

14. Stay hydrated. Stay hydrated. Stay hydrated.

This is an important one. Whether it's an outdoor concert in the middle of summer or an indoor general admission show, it's going to get hot, you're going to sweat, and you will become dehydrated pretty quickly if you don't make an effort to stay hydrated. If you're close to the stage/barricade, you may get likely and have guards pouring water into your mouth between songs. If not, you may have to cough up five bucks for a bottle. You don't want to pass out or be the one puking into a bucket by the entrance, so drink plenty of water during any show-- especially if you plan on consuming alcohol.

15. Don't over do it and know your limit.

Being front row for a show is an incredible experience. Not only can you hear the music better, but you'll be able to see every sweat droplet on your favorite band member's forehead. However, it can take a lot out of a person. If you feel like things are getting too out of control and you need out, don't be afraid to retreat to side stage or further back where its safer. Enjoying the show is ultimately far better than being front row in the grand scheme of things.

16. If you enjoy mosh-pits, crowd-surfing and the constant push and pull of the crowd, front center stage is your friend.

This part of the show can be really exciting, but it definitely is not for everyone. Between people charging at you, arms and fists flailing, and crowd surfers slammed onto your head as they make their way to the stage, front center stage can get pretty scary and it isn't recommended for first time concert-goers. Of course, this differs from show-to-show and genre-to-genre, but generally speaking, only stand center stage if you're prepared for mass chaos. Also, the middle of the crowd can be pretty dangerous too, as you will find yourself both pushed forward by the people in front of you, and simultaneously pushed backward by the people in front of you.

17. But if you prefer simply enjoying the show in a calm and peaceful manner, side stage or farther back is for you.

Side stage is always a good bet, since you will still have a pretty good view, will be close to the stage, and will almost certainly avoid the chaos and crowd-surfers.

18. Look out for crowd-surfers and protect your head from stray kicks or drops.

While crowd surfers certainly make things a bit more energetic, they come at a price. Always pay attention to what is going on around you, or simply look at the guard's reactions to avoid a kick to the head or neck. Pass along the surfer when you can, or if it's too late, protect your head by ducking and covering it. Concussions are common at music festivals and general admission shows so try to prevent one at all costs. Again, majority of your crowd-surfer interactions will be center stage, so if the prospect of holding up a sweaty human does not sound very appealing to you, side stage is for you. Side note: if you're wearing heeled shows, please do your fellow concert-goers a favor and don't crowd surf. There is nothing worse than being stabbed in the head by someone's heel.

19. Talk to the people around you. Don't be shy.

Get to know the people around you before the show or between bands. You meet some pretty cool people this way and it's definitely worth engaging in small talk with them, even if it's to help make the time go by faster.

20. Always show up and listen to the opening bands.

I get it, you're here for the headliner, but don't dismiss the opening bands too soon. They're probably pretty similar in musical style to the band or artist you're there for, so the chances that you'll enjoy them are pretty high. I've been introduced to some of my favorite bands through opening acts, and there's even been shows where the opening band was better than the actual headliner. Opening bands deserve your time and attention just as much as the headliner, and just because they don't have an entire tour named after them, doesn't mean their music isn't good.

21. Take as many videos and pictures as you want, who cares what anyone has to say.

If you want to take a few videos or pictures to commemorate the night, by all means, go crazy(ish). Don't apologize for your absurdly long Snapchat story or the million pictures of your favorite band member either. Maybe not record the entire concert, but a few vids here and there are perfectly OK.

22. When a band tells you to jump, move, clap, or sing-along, YOU DO IT.

Shout out your favorite lyrics. Make the floor move beneath your feet. Dance like no is watching. Just go crazy.

23. Do not be embarrassed to let loose.

No one, absolutely no one, is judging your terrible singing or wacky dance moves so don't be afraid to go a little crazy. You're going to have a much better time this way than if you stand there, stiff as a bored, conscious of scrutiny and judgment. Trust me, everyone's focus is on the band so know is going to notice if you break out into the running man mid-song.

After the show:

24. Go crazy at the merch table.

Hopefully you brought the rest of your life savings with you, because you're going to need it. Whether you want to represent your favorite band or show them a little love, the merch table is something you should not avoid, unless you know, you're totally broke.

25. Go home, rehydrate, reminisce over the wonderful night you had and get ready for your next show.

If you're like me, you never give post-concert-depression the time to fester and develop because just as one show has ended, you're preparing for a next.

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9 Stages Of Buying Concert Tickets As Told By Shane Dawson

Hey what's up you guys, yes I bought more concert tickets.


It's that time of the year where artists release new music and their summer tour dates. Now that I'm older, concerts are a huge deal to me. There is nothing better than getting to see your favorite artist perform live, right in front of you. However, before you even get to the concert venue, you have to buy your ticket. With all the summer tour dates dropping, Shane Dawson is the only person who can show/explain every stage in the ticket buying process.

1. Planning


Your favorite artist finally releases their tour dates. You eagerly scan the list for your state and hope they are coming to your city. With the sight of the familiar initials of your state, you pull up your calendar and check the date to find a blank space. Excitement and happiness overwhelm you, and you can't hold back from telling everybody the news and your big plans.

2. Preparation


Now that you have established that your fav is coming to your area, it's time to plan for buying tickets. It's a competitive world on there, and you are battling against countless other fans. The night before they go on sale, you set your alarm early enough so you can prepare to make a purchase. Tickets typically go on sale at 10 a.m., so you make sure your wifi is connected, your credit card is out, and your fingers are ready to click away.

3. Nervousness


It's the day of the release, and your stomach is in knots over the possibility that the tickets will sell out before you can even see them. This kicks in after you wake up and only heightens as you watch the time slowly approaching 10 a.m. Now all you have to do is patiently wait.

4. Focus


It's finally 10am and you're in full focus mode. Your eyes are glued to the computer and your attention stays there waiting for the all the available tickets to load.

5. Stress


From loading screens to ticket prices to seats, everything is stressing you out. There is no time to think about any of these important components, you just have to act fast. This is also where you try to get a specific seat and while securing your ticket, someone else swoops in. Panic immediately sets in, and at this point, every seat seems to be taken.

6. Hope


Even though all your efforts have failed, you keep refreshing the page hoping you can get a ticket for the area you want to sit in. You are clicking through multiple options and it keeps referring you to different seats. At this point, your standards have dropped, and you'll go for anything that becomes available.

7. Anxiety


After countless clicks, your computer screen finally changes and asks you about parking options. You also notice a timer at the right-hand corner quickly ticking down from five minutes. Somehow you got tickets and can't even complain about where they are because these are the only ones you could get. Anxiety from the countdown overwhelms your entire being, and all you can do is act fast and enter in all your payment information.

8. Realization


You are about to press 'place order' when what you're doing finally hits you. The realization that you are actually going to see your favorite artist sinks in right before you spend all your money.

9. Excitement


You click one last time and the iconic Ticketmaster phrase, "Get Ready for Goosebumps," appears at the top your screen. All your planning, preparation, and stress has paid off. While you wait for the day to arrive, you need to find the perfect outfit and plan out the entire day. Yes, the concert is 100 days away, but that means you only have to wait 100 more days until you see your fav perform live.

I wish you all the best of luck in securing tickets to see your favorite artists/bands this summer!

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