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Top 10 do's and don'ts of attending a gig
Here at O2, we’ve been to our fair share of gigs- from global superstars to rock bands, acoustic and DJ sets, we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, and the sweat dripping ugly. With all of this extensive knowledge, we thought we would share our top 10 do’s and don’ts of attending a gig. Kind of like a gig etiquette guide because let’s face it, you don’t want to be THAT guy or girl.
DON’T forget your ticket.
The easiest, yet most devastating mistake you can make. Sometimes all the excitement can just get a little too much and before you know it, packing that little piece of paper which gets you in can so easily slip your mind. Make sure you pack the tickets the night or week before, whatever it takes, JUST DON’T FORGET IT!
DO plan ahead.
You’ve been waiting months to see your favourite artist live, so make sure you know exactly how to get to the venue! If you are going by public transport plan the route in advance ensuring you know exactly which bus or tube to get because the last thing you want is do is get lost and miss the gig. And if you’re driving? Calculate how much time it will take you to get to the venue considering the fact there may be a lot of traffic.
DO queue early if you want to get close to the front of the stage.
The front of the stage is for the hard core fans, the fans who want to feel a little more intimate with their favourite artist during the set. Often these types of fans will queue hours before the doors open to ensure their space, so if you want to be at the front of the gig, get to the venue early. Definately don’t push your way to the front. Are you an O2 customer? We’ve made getting inside the gig first even quicker. At any of our O2 academies, O2 customers can get fast track entry.
DO take advantage of the O2 perks.
From the O2 fast track lane, to 2 for 1 drinks at some of our venues, when it comes to music O2 gives more for you!
DO watch the support act.
If you can, try and research who the support act are ahead of the gig and listen to a few of their songs. This will prevent the scenario of- listening to the support act live for the first time at a gig, releasing you really like them, going home and listening to their new album and finally, wishing you could relive seeing them live because you didn’t appreciate it enough the first time. Although saying that, this does give you another excuse to see them live again…right?
DON’T record the whole gig.
I’m all for taking a few photos or Snapchats for memories sake (or to gloat to your friends!), but PLEASE don’t be that person who has their phone out recording the whole concert. It’s always better to live in the moment!
DO talk to the other gig-goers.
You are all here to see your favourite band or artist live, already you have a lot in common. The more friends you share a common interest in music with, the more people you have to go to concerts with, a win-win for all!
DON’T talk throughout the whole set.
Talking to others who are interested in the same artists as you is always a positive, however, you do have to remember, people came to the gig to listen to the artist, not listen to you fan-girling to your mate beside you. If you do want to talk at a concert, we recommend before, after or during the intervals!
DON’T throw your drinks.
We don’t care how bored you are of that drink, this never gives you the excuse to throw it. I mean, would you like to stand for a few hours wet, sticky and cold with your clothes smelling of beer? I didn’t think so. Our advice? Hold or drink it, or if you want to be a top friend, I’m sure your mate wouldn’t mind finishing it for you.
And finally…DO have fun!