Fall being right around the corner., not only brings pumpkin spice lattes and sweater weather but, a promising line up of tours and concerts for our enjoyment. The Shaw Festival is currently ongoing at Niagara on the Lake, Lady Gaga,Katy Perry, Jay-Z and Bryson Tiller are just some of the few artists making stops in Toronto for concerts and performances. I have compiled a short list of tips and tricks to optimize your next concert going experience. Here are five commonly made mistakes to avoid.
- 1. Missing the opening act: opening acts usually are just as entertaining as the headliner. It is important to remember the purpose of the opening performer(s) is to set the tone for the event ahead by getting the crowd ‘warmed up’ and excited about the feature artist. Skipping the opening act is like not having popcorn at the movies. Both pair well together and enhance the overall experience. After all, you paid to see a show, why not get your money’s worth?
- 2. Bad seats: some online ticket vendors warn when seats have an obstructed view. You might think to yourself “how bad could it be ?” Heed their warning! It might be cheaper. But it’s so not worth it. If you wanted to watch the show from a screen all night, you would have done that from the comfort of your home.
- 3. Drinking too much: While drinking too is not the best idea even on a regular occasion, it’s especially damaging to your night out at a concert. Not only would you need to run to the bathroom frequently and miss parts of the show, chances are you’ll end up with a throbbing headache the next day, or worst yet – forget parts of your night!
- 4. Snapchatting the WHOLE event. You are understandably excited to share the event on social media with your following, but you end up spoiling your own experience as you’ll become preoccupied with posting than with the show itself. Concerts are all about energy! Jump in the crowd, and sing your heart out along with the performer. I guarantee you’ll have a night to remember.
- 5. Going ‘naked’. ‘Naked’ here is used to describe an attendee who is without merchandise or any apparel, posters, signs or flags. These increase your chances of getting noticed on the big screen! A friend of mine took Rihanna’s vinyl record and during performing, she signed it, the record definitely became priceless after that!
Lastly, concerts, festivals and performances are all about engaging the crowd and giving fans a first class experience of the artist. Do not cheat yourself out of a unforgettable experience!