I have been fortunate enough to attend two amazing concerts recently. They were very enjoyable, but I also got to learn a lot from them and how to be better prepared in the future.
Concerts are probably my favorite place to be. The atmosphere is so accepting and freeing. Yet there can also be hostility. At the PRETTYMUCH concert I attended in August, I realized that people can be your friend or they will do anything to get a closer view. My friend and I had bought general admission tickets. This meant we were in the crowd right in front of the stage. As people began to pile in we became squished and extremely hot. We would be standing there for the next few hours without water. Yet, people would still push their way up or refuse to move for people who felt uncomfortable. All this just to be a few inches closer.
However, when some girls inevitably passed out, the whole crowd came together to get them water and the help they needed. We all united to make sure the girls were taken care of. We all spoke to each other about our similar feelings about the band and the conditions we were in and for a while, we were all friends. Some people may be only looking out for themselves, but most of us felt like a community and that's what I enjoy most about the concerts: the connection between everyone present. However, I did learn not to buy anymore general admission tickets.
At the Khalid concert, I was with my friends from college and I was excited to post my Snapchats with them and of Khalid. However, not once did my friend take out her phone and because of that, neither did I. I was so used to recording everything on my phone, I was forgetting to enjoy the live performance I went to see. I still recorded my favorite songs, but I felt like I had a better experience because I used my phone less. I was more in the moment.
I hope you can use these tips the next time you go to a concert!