How to Survive Your First Heavy Metal Concert?
You are about to go to heavy metal concert with your friend but you have never been to one?
You have probably been to a concert before, but believe us, a heavy metal concert is something completely different. It is louder than you think, way louder than your powerful-sounding portable Bluetooth speakers can be. It takes your body and spirit to a different dimension. And at the end of it, you will feel that you are not the same person anymore. And it has nothing to do with being tired.
You have nothing to worry about with our top tips for your first time at a heavy metal concert. They will help you survive your first time at a heavy metal concert.
So, let’s begin!
Earplugs are your friends
Take care of your ears. If you take care of them, they will treat you well too. The last thing you need in the world is tinnitus. If you know an older heavy metal fan with tinnitus who has been visiting heavy metal concerts back in his days and ask him what would he change now if he could, most likely the answer would be to wear earplugs. Even with earplugs it can be too loud. In case you forget them, go back to the venue. It will definitely sound much better and you won’t have to worry about your hearing that much.
Beware of the mosh pit
The area in front of the stage is not for you if it’s your first time at a rock concert. This is the so called mosh pit and things can get pretty crazy there. Pay attention if you are not interested in full body contact and falling bodies everywhere. It is recommended to stay away if you haven’t been there before. You’ll be able to listen and watch the concert even if you are a few meters back. And it will be much safer.
Be cool. They don’t want to hurt you
However, if you decide to enter the mosh pit it’s important to be cool with everything. It is crazy, it’s intense, it’s aggressive, but nobody there wants to start a fight. Think of it as a safe space where you can let yourself go and get all the anger out of your system with some great, loud music. When someone bumps into you, it’s OK, just follow along and continue like nothing happened.
What to wear?
If you don’t know what to wear at your first heavy metal concert stay calm. The thing is that you can’t go wrong. Almost everything is OK. If you want to dress up all in leather, it’s fine. You will see others wearing pretty much the same. If you want to wear just shorts, it’s OK too. However, wearing jeans and a black T-shirt with a logo of the band playing that day is always a good idea. You will feel comfortable and most of the people around you will wear the same combinations.
If you love it, don’t wear it
We all have our favorite things to wear so the best advice here is not to wear anything you care about. You don’t want to have your favorite T-shirt ripped or soaked in beer. This is the reason why you should wear something you don’t care too much about.
Choose your footwear wisely
Very often you will see someone in the pit with just one sandal on his foot. It’s nothing unusual. Since this can happen to all of us, especially in an area where everything is fast, powerful and pumped up, make sure to wear comfortable shoes and forget about your sandals or flip-flops.
Keep your valuables at home
If you don’t want to lose something, leave it at home. You definitely don’t want to spend a minute looking for your phone through the piles of beer cans and cups. So, leave your smartphone and all the unnecessary documents or credit cards at home. Do the same thing with anything that has some value for you. Knowing that you have nothing to lose will make you feel more relaxed.
Do warm up exercises first
Wait. What? Believe us, if you plan to enter the mosh pit, don’t do it without warming up first. This is especially important for those who are not physically active. You don’t want to get up the next day and realizing that even the tiniest muscle in your body hurts.
The last tip but maybe the most important one is to have fun. Lots of things are going to happen, it’s certainly going to be wild and intense. But do your best to fit in and enjoy. You can have the best time ever and remember – don’t forget your earplugs.