Concerts are a great way to experience live music and connect with other fans of your favorite artists. However, with the excitement of attending a concert comes the responsibility to follow proper concert etiquette. In 2023, concert etiquette has become even more important as we navigate the post-pandemic world. As someone who has gone to hundreds of concerts at this point, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
Respect personal space: While it’s natural to get caught up in the excitement of a concert, it’s important to respect other people’s personal space. Avoid pushing, shoving, or crowding others. If you need to move through a crowd, do so politely and without causing a disruption.
Wear appropriate clothing: Dress for comfort and the weather. Keep in mind that you will likely be standing for long periods of time and may be in close proximity to others, so avoid wearing anything that could be offensive or uncomfortable for others.
Be mindful of your phone use: Taking photos or videos during a concert can be a great way to capture memories, but it’s important to be mindful of how your phone use may be affecting others around you. Try not to block the view of others with your phone, and avoid recording entire songs or disrupting the performance.
Follow venue rules: Different venues may have different rules regarding what you can bring in or how you should behave during a concert. Be sure to check the venue’s website or social media pages for any rules or guidelines you should be aware of before attending a concert.
Be respectful of the opening bands: You might be there to see the headliner only but show the opening bands some love. Don’t talk their entire set or yell at them (yes, I’ve seen this). Openers are chosen for a reason, and if you like the headliner’s music, it’s highly likely you’ll be into the opening bands, as well. Give them a shot!
Don’t be disruptive: While it’s important to have fun and enjoy yourself, it’s equally important to be respectful of the performers and other concert-goers. Avoid shouting or screaming excessively, throwing objects, or engaging in any other disruptive behavior like obnoxiously large signs that block others’ view.
Be mindful of mosh pits: Mosh pits can be a fun way to engage with other fans and show your enthusiasm for the music, but they can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. If you plan to participate in a mosh pit, be aware of your surroundings and avoid pushing or shoving others excessively. If you’re not comfortable with mosh pits, try to stay towards the back of the crowd where it’s less likely to be as chaotic. And follow the golden rule of mosh pits: if someone falls down, you pick them up!
Respect the band’s requests: Some bands may have specific requests for their concerts, such as no smoking or no filming. Be sure to respect these requests and avoid doing anything that could potentially harm the band’s performance or disrupt the experience for other fans.
Keep your hands to yourself: While it can be tempting to reach out and touch the band members or their equipment, it’s important to remember that they are working professionals and should be treated with respect. Avoid touching or grabbing at the performers, their instruments, or their equipment.
Be respectful of others’ musical tastes: Concerts can attract a diverse crowd with a variety of musical tastes. While it’s natural to want to express your enthusiasm for the music, be mindful of others around you who may not share your enthusiasm for the band or the genre. Avoid belittling or mocking others for their musical tastes, and focus on enjoying the performance yourself.
Stay hydrated: Concerts can be physically demanding, especially if you’re dancing or moshing. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the concert, and take breaks if you need to rest.
Be prepared for emergencies: In the post-pandemic world, it’s important to be prepared for emergencies. Know the location of the nearest emergency exits and first aid stations, and be aware of any COVID-19 protocols that may be in place at the venue. If an emergency situation happens, like someone passed out, do your best to clear the way and let emergency personnel take care of it. If security tells you to do something, do it.
By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable concert experience. Remember, concert etiquette is all about respect for others and the performers, and by being mindful of your actions, you can help create a positive and memorable experience for everyone.
Did I miss anything? I’d love to hear in the comments below!