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How To Stay Safe At A Concert Or Music Festival
Investigate the Venue
It would be ideal if you or someone you personally know has seen a show at the venue before. The venue is one of the best indicators of what type of show it will be, what the atmosphere will be like, and what kind of people will be there.
If it is a reputable venue, particularly an indoors arena where people have to enter through specified points, its much more likely to be safe than a rave at some derelict warehouse.
If you haven't heard of the venue before, simply doing a Google image search should give you a decent idea of what it's like.
Bring A Friend
Sometimes going alone is the only option. But if you have any way to take a friend or two along, do it. Not only will you be safer, but you will almost certainly have more fun if you have someone you care about to share the experience with.
There is safety in numbers, as they say. If you clearly have people with you then you are less likely to be harassed and, if things do turn ugly, you have greater support to help you out.
Say No to Drugs
This may be one of the most over user pieces of advice in human history, but it still rings true. Particularly in situation when they could be readily available, such as musical festivals or concerts.
Even if you have used drugs many times before with no negative consequentness, it does not mean it will still be as harmless if you are in a crowd with thousand of other people, all jumping and moving and maybe under the influence as well.
If you are going to use narcotics at a music event; bring your own. (Though, to be clear; this is illegal in most countries .You could easily get arrested so it isn't a very good idea to have drugs in your possession at all.) You would have no idea what could actually be in something a stranger offers you, and it could have devastating results.
Leave your Valuables at Home
A phone and enough money to buy food and water. That's all you need to bring. Not only is there a chance of theft, but it's also easy to simply misplace something of value.
Keep the valuables that you do bring close to you at all times. If you're bringing a backpack, don't put it down.
If it's a daylight concert in summer, don't wear a jumper.
If it's late at night in the winter, don't wear a t-shit.
This is quite obvious, but still important. Overdressing can lead to heat exhaustion or dehydration, and wearing too little can leave you shivering.
Avoid the Mosh Pit
This is particularly true if you are seeing a metal or rock band. You might be tempted to get as close to the performers as you can, but consider if it's really worth the risk of being in such a crowd.
As a general rule, the closer you get to the stage, the more agitated the crowd gets. In the mosh pit, everyone wants to move forward. This obviously leads to a lot of pushing, shoving and possible injuries.
If you get anxious in large crowds, the mosh pit is definitely not the place for you. People are always rubbing against you, trying to push you back so you can advance. The music is loud enough to cause permanent hearing damage. Tempers are high and it's hard to get back out once your'e in.
You won't enjoy the music if you're focusing on not getting trampled.
There's nothing worse than being dehydrated at a concert. Drink plenty of water before hand and bring some with you to the event. If you neglect to give your body the fluids it needs to make up for all the sweating you'll be doing at the concert, you could pass out. Or worse.
Most importantly: enjoy it. Concerts are meant to be a time to relax, absorb good music, and make great memories. If you take the correct precautions and use common sense, then the event will be nothing but great fun.