Six Ways to Enjoy a Concert More

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At least someone in this audience is pissed off at the person next to them.
As a fairly extroverted person who is hyper in general and also suffers from a crippling caffeine addiction, I'm constantly going out and doing things, especially things that involve large crowds and performance. Translation: I go to a lot of concerts and live shows. This is a passion that some of my more introverted friends don't quite get.

I understand where they're coming from. To an introverted person, the atmosphere of a live show can be absolutely dreadful. You've either got people trampling over you having a good time themselves, or you don't really know how to take in such an environment without just wanting to go home and be alone for a while.

There are things that we can all do to help with this. I came up with some advice for both those who want to have a better time at concerts but don't know how, and some advice for those people who trample on others' good times. While the latter could probably be boiled down to "don't be an asshole," where would the fun be in that? So here's six ways you can have fun at a concert that will benefit you no matter what camp you fall into.

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Hey man, you're missing it!
Don't Get Drunk
For some people this might sound like blasphemy. I mean, you're at a show and there's nary a venue in Houston that doesn't serve (overpriced) alcohol. Well, that's all well and good, you should have a drink or two to loosen you up and have a good time. Just don't get wasted.

Not only do you piss off everyone when you get drunk and rowdy, but you miss out on the show yourself. I've been there, and it's not worth it to pay good money to go see a band you like and hardly remember what they played or sounded like the next day. You are not going to commit any of the night to memory if you're blotto by the second song, and you're just going to annoy your friends and fellow patrons.

Don't Talk
Look, I get that you might have a funny observation to tell your friend about right in the middle of the slow, acoustic song, but is it really that important that you make your friend giggle for ten seconds? Is it so important as to interrupt the performer, to yell over the music and disrupt everyone else's enjoyment of the song, or to disengage yourself and your friend from the performance at hand?

It doesn't even matter if it's not a slow, acoustic song. It could be a loud metal song, but you and your friend yelling at each other to communicate over it is pointless and takes you both out of the music, which was ostensibly the whole reason you went to the show to begin with. Your thoughts can wait. You'll enjoy the music more if you save them for later, and everyone else around you will thank you for it too.

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Get in the Pit
If you really want to engage with the show though, save your thoughts on the performance and instead actually get involved! This mainly only applies to metal and punk shows, but if you happen to be at one, quit yelling at your friend about what other people are doing and get in there yourself. As a veteran of the pits, I understand it's a risk. Broken bones do occur.

That being said, you're going to have much more fun and a much more memorable night if you just go for it and do something a little bit crazy. Yeah, you might feel foolish flailing around in there, especially if you're in the over 30 crowd, but I guarantee you once the adrenaline gets going you'll be having a better time than you would have standing there trying to avoid getting punched in the face. Metal and punk were made for moving.

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Nothing iritates me off more than when your are seated, someone in your row has to get up to go to the bathroom multiple times during the show. Use the bathroom before the frekin show, don't drink 2 gallons of whatever thinking your body can hold it.

Moses Martinez
Moses Martinez

Lol... For real. Couple of secs sure, but no overkill please

Sara Brown
Sara Brown

Moses Martinez, #5 is your mantra: "don't record."


i wish everyone in houston would read this article and live by it... shows would be so much better...


my concert advice to introverts is - bring a book, or a pack of gum, or some earplugs, or some sunglasses, or a friend - SOMETHING to retreat into. The whole problem of "introversion" comes from being exhausted by having to put yourself out there for other people when you don't want to/have energy to, so the way to cope with that is to have a retreat handy. Whenever I go to a show at Mango's or Fitz and I know I'm gonna be killin' lots of time between sets with strangers, I bring a book just in case I get uncomfortable and need to be by myself for a while. It makes the whole thing more manageable, even if i DO feel really silly reading at a show.

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