With the recent tragedy that occurred at Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert, it is important to keep your safety in mind when attending any event- especially a concert.
How To Plan
Whether you have just bought your concert tickets or have had them for a while, it is never too late to make a plan when attending the event.
- Figure out if you are in seats or standing in the pit
This is a very important step when planning. Usually, seats are pretty spaced out and give you enough leg and arm room to enjoy your favorite artist. General admission, or pit tickets, are typically the most dangerous kinds of concert tickets. You will have little to no room when standing since all of the fans are going to try to push towards the front of the stage. If you are claustrophobic or don’t feel comfortable standing in close proximity to others, then this is your first indicator that you will not feel safe. Once you discover and understand where you will be during the event, you can prepare yourself for what to expect.
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
When attending a music event, it is a given that you will jump and dance to the music. Wearing tight boots or heels would cause extreme pain, and that is the last thing you would want to ruin your concert experience. Sneakers would definitely be the way to go, and in the case of an emergency, you can be ready to escape any danger easier.
- Stay Hydrated
Water. Water. Water. This is the most important step on this list. You will be dancing, jumping, singing, and screaming at a concert and if you don’t drink enough water, you are bound to faint. The hot, humid air can make it more difficult to breathe and cause lightheadedness, so make sure you drink a lot of water before, during, and after the event.
- Go with a friend
If you are able to bring along another person, then you should. Not only will you be able to share the fun experience with a friend, but you will also have someone to make sure you are safe. You can stick together in line to enter the venue, during the concert, and leave the area. You have probably heard of the ‘buddy system’ when going on school trips, and the same applies to concerts. They will make you feel safe, which is crucial when attending an event as big as a concert.
- THINK AHEAD
One of the first things you should do after purchasing tickets is research the concert venue. You should try to recognize all of the possible exits and entrances, so in the case of an emergency, you have everything mapped out in your head. If you are going with another person or with a group, you will want to make sure that you set a meeting location in the event that an evacuation occurs. This type of planning will ensure that everyone is safe.
- Have fun!
Most importantly, have fun! These steps will help to ensure that you have the time of your life, while also staying safe. Concerts are great atmospheres for bonding and making friends, so make sure you introduce yourself and sing along with your concert buddies.
Katie Coughlan ’23
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