It's time for another "Concert Junkie How-To" and this week's post is going to be about things you shouldn't bring to concerts. The obvious weapons and illegal drugs and furniture and sports equiment etc. goes without saying but, here are five things that I've seen at concerts that are not necessary.
Heels. I know a lot of people like to look nice at concerts, and I'm not saying you should abandon your physical appearance completely. Heels are not necessary at concerts for a number of reasons. For one, it will make it very hard for you to walk into the venue quickly, get to a good spot in the crowd quickly and if you have to, run to the line to meet your favorite musician. If you're going for speed, you should wear flats or sneakers. Also, it might be rude to the people in back of you who have to try to see over you if you decided to use heels to increase your height at a concert so you can see. Also, you don't want this to be you:
DSLR Cameras. Whether it is a general admission concert or a big arena, if your camera has a interchangable lens, you will probably have to leave it at home. As an owner of a DSLR camera I know it stinks but, if you're really invested in photography you could also try to get photo passes to get into the photo pits up front and actually get good photography of your favorite bands. The reason for this is that expensive equipment like that shouldn't be brought into the pits and if it is, the bands and venues don't want to be sued for damage. (This excludes Warped Tour because you can bring your DSLR Cameras this year but, I wouldn't recommend it because of the mosh pits and rowdy behavior that goes on there, it may get broken.
Any amount of money more than one hundred dollars. I know all the merch is so cute and there is so much to buy at concerts but, take a MAXIMUM amount of one hundred dollars with you to a concert, you'll thank yourself. The main reason for this obviously, is so that you don't lose the money somewhere in the crowd. Living in New York City, I have learned to never carry large amounts of money on me because I always end up losing a twenty, or a five dollar bill somewhere in the mix. The other reason you shouldn't bring more than one hundred dollars is because well, the merch isn't THAT cute that you have to buy it all. I know at concerts you see all of the band tees and bracelets and instantly want them all and have to buy them but, do not spend your whole hundred dollars on merch. Think about if you really want it, and if you can't decide right then and there, wait for the collection to be sold in their online merch store in a couple of months, and buy it then. There is no need for all that money to be spent. (Sorry if this hurts any band business, it's just the truth.)
Any loose jewelry/clothing. Yeah, we know you want to wear that cute new necklace you got with the big pearls and the hoop earrings that could be mistaken for bracelets. But, please don't. It will only weigh you down at the concert, and it may also get stuck to someone else's bracelet or shirt or bag. You don't want want to be trying to untangle your charm bracelet out of the girl next to you's hair or sweater when you accidentally knocked into her. This goes for clothing, too. Loose fitting skirts and shirts can move around a lot as you move and make you uncomfortable as you are in the crowd. Crop tops are okay but, if you don't like other people pressed up against you when you're wearing a band tee, I doubt you're going to like it very much when you're bare stomach or back gets accidentally rubbed against. For comfort, I usually wear t-shirts and jeans. Nobody is really going to care what you are wearing honestly, it's all for your comfort.
Your bad attitude. So, you got to the concert a little late because you were at work, and your boyfriend is cheating on you and life isn't going your way right now. Please for the sake of everyone else at the concert who does not want to hear about your problems, leave them at home. Enjoy the concert because once the band goes on, nobody wants to hear about your problems, they're there to have a good time.
Thats it for this weeks Concert Junkie How-To!
What would you like me to write about next week?