It doesn’t matter how many concerts you’ve been to – there’s always something that doesn’t quite go the way you might have imagined. Especially when one of your favorite bands is playing, at least external factors should no longer pose any disturbances that reduce the experience and the fun of the music. And if you have questions about your trip to the concert, the Internet at your fingertips can provide you with the necessary information you need. Here we have top tips for concert-goers to help them prepare as well as possible for every concert.
1. Find a good place to stay
Some of our tips refer to the planning of the concert visit, others to the concert visit itself. We want to start chronologically and here again first with the search for the right accommodation. Opinions differ as early as the definition of “accommodation”. Some are of the opinion that a small tent on a campsite close to the concert venue is perfectly adequate, while others insist on a hotel room.
We think that a small room in a hotel or hostel, or even an Airbnb is a better choice. Because after a strenuous concert, at which you may have stood for several hours, it usually just feels good to climb into a comfortable bed and put your feet up and soft.
Also, maybe your concert took place outdoors and you come into your room frozen. A warm shower and a warm bed are worth every penny. At the campsite, you don’t have this luxury or only to a limited extent.
The following aspects should be considered when choosing your accommodation:
- Concerts by well-known bands and musicians in particular often cause huge crowds in larger cities. Sometimes nearby accommodations are fully booked weeks in advance. So be quick and ideally reserve your accommodation immediately after buying your ticket.
- Pay attention to the proximity to the concert location. That way you don’t have to plan as much and, especially after the concert, you’re quickly relaxed and warm.
- If you only get accommodation further away, make sure in advance that you have access to public transport that will take you to the concert location. The car is an alternative, but then you should also make sure in advance to get a parking space near the concert. However, this can often be very difficult, which is why public transport is to be preferred.
2. Explore the venue of the concert
If you have a long journey to, for example, a big city that you have never visited before, it would actually be a shame if you only went there for the concert. Then you might arrive in the evening, sleep in a hotel and leave for the real concert location after breakfast in order to get good seats as early as possible. After the concert, exhausted, he goes straight back to the hotel in order to start his journey home the next morning. Except for the way to the hotel and the venue, you didn’t see anything.
It is much nicer to take one to three vacation days and add them to it. You can schedule them before the concert or after – just as you like. For example, use the days leading up to the concert to visit sights in the city, run errands for things you want to have with you at the concert or explore museums, go to the cinema and get a breath of fresh air.
After the concert, you can plan a wellness day, for example, to really recover from the action and let the impressions sink in. Why don’t you book yourself into a special wellness hotel for a day or two to have a good time?
3. Take enough cash with you
Concert tickets are not necessarily the biggest expense when you go to many concerts. In addition to the accommodation, there are in most cases a number of other costs. It is very important that you have cash with you for various eventualities.
Because on the one hand you don’t necessarily know if you sometimes have to withdraw money quickly before the concert, but then maybe you can’t find an ATM. It is not uncommon for ATMs from other banks to be nearby, where you have to pay additional costs. On the other hand, card payment is still not possible in many locations. If you then neglect to take enough cash with you, you may not be able to afford drinks or snacks, which provide you with important energy for the hours of the concert.
Incidentally, situations in which you might need cash include the following:
- Spontaneous public transport tickets
- money for the taxi
- Costs for the cloakroom at the concert
- Tip for the cleaners in the toilets
- Drinks and snacks at the concert
- Merchandise of all kinds, such as records, CDs, cassettes, T-shirts, sweaters, hoodies, patches, pins, flags, posters, and much more
- Takeaway or bars on the way home
How much cash you should pack for all these things is of course difficult to say. It also depends on how much you drink and eat and whether you travel by car or public transport. Basically, it certainly can’t hurt to have around 100 euros per person with you. That sounds like a lot, but the catering at the concert itself is usually quite expensive. If you also know in advance that you absolutely want to buy merchandise, these 100 euros are usually far from enough. It’s better to have too much in your wallet than too little