01 Dec How to Stay Safe at Concerts
Overview: Here’s a round-up of important things to keep in mind to stay safe at concerts. Take care of yourself and your loved ones!
With COVID restrictions lifting, more and more people are heading out of their homes to attend the musical concerts of their favorite artists. Being in the audience of a live show is exciting, but before you pack your glow sticks and leave home, take into account an important factor: safety. At this moment in history, safety is a major consideration for attendees of concerts and festivals.
Although good security and careful logistical planning lie in the hands of the managing team, there’s no guarantee that everything will go smoothly. Last year, 10 people tragically lost their lives at a concert by Travis Scot during a crowd surge. The singer is now facing heavy lawsuits from victims’ families.
To keep you safe from crowd surges, gun violence, and other life-threatening risks, we’ve rounded up a list of things you can do to stay safety-conscious at a concert. After all, health and safety should be your top priority when you’re attending a public event.
Stick With a Group:
When going to a concert, it’s essential to be around people you know and trust. We always prefer going with our friends anyway so we can cheer for favorite artist, but it has the added advantage of providing safety in numbers.
Whether alone or with a group, be aware of your fellow concert-goers and look out for those who may be in need so you can help get them assistance. In an emergency situation, alert medics and security for immediate medical help.
One of the most obvious things you can do to protect yourself is to stay hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water beforehand, so you’re relaxed and fresh while attending the concert. If you’re in a standing crowd, look around and identify where your nearest exit point is in case you begin to feel dehydrated or dizzy. If you’re able, carry a water bottle in with you — or if the venue offers free water, accept it! You might need it for yourself or somebody else.
Don’t Keep Valuable Accessories on Your Person:
When going to a concert, it’s best not to hold any valuables or accessories that just look expensive. In a crowd of people personal belongings can get lost (or, unfortunately, stolen!) easily, and it’s incredibly difficult to find them once they’re gone. Stick to bringing less-valuable possessions and a small bag to keep your stuff in one place. You’ll be happy with the convenience concert-going experience you’ll have.
Related Reading: Five unfortunate thefts in music
Do Keep Essential Items:
Events usually have a first-aid table available, and the staff has essential items on hand to help you, but once the crowd starts amassing, it takes time to locate these people and make your way to them. In such a scenario, you’ll thank yourself for keeping a few supplies with yourself. Especially if you take regular medication!
Also, since your home or hotel might be far from where the musical event is held, remember you’ll need to keep your phone charged. Keeping a small portable charger with you is one of the easiest ways to keep your phone charged. The best part is that they’re generally inexpensive and will aid your phone’s dying battery.
Keep Your Arms In Front of Your Body:
While the image conjured up by this description may sound strange, it can make for a more comfortable and secure concert experience. In an event with a packed crowd where you cannot quickly exit, it’s important to give yourself room to breathe. Do this by holding your arms near your chest. You may want to cover your head as well. Also, keep a bit of space between your arms and body, as this creates more distance between you and others around you to prevent injuries to your lungs.
If you’re under the legal age for drinking alcohol, this should be a moot point at a concert. But if you’re of legal age, remember not to become intoxicated before or during a concert. Alcohol causes dehydration, making you more likely to faint or pass out. We know that concerts are meant for fun, but getting drunk in a crowded place will cause you to forget all the necessary steps to stay safe. That’s the last thing you want to have happen. Be responsible for yourself and others!
Wear Ear Plugs:
Even if it’s not a “cool thing” to do, wear earplugs for your protection. Prolonged exposure to loud music is awful for your hearing, and the music at most concerts is LOUD. Seek out ear plugs that protect your ears while still allowing you to enjoy the music. Checkout NPR’s explanation of why you should wear ear plugs at concerts for more info.
Related Reading: How can music lovers protect their hearing?
Say It When You See It:
This should go without saying: If you see something sketchy going on, step out and inform security personnel at the venue as soon as possible. Don’t wait for someone else to do it just because you’re hesitant to do so. Make yourself the safe concert attendee who’s responsible enough to report that sort of stuff.
Socialize with People:
As long as you’re attending the show with someone you trust, it doesn’t hurt to chat with your fellow concert-goers. At the very least, you know you all have one thing in common — your love for the band/artist! So it should be easy to start talking about favorite songs or albums as a way of bonding with the people around you. Your interaction with them could also come in handy should something go awry.
But please note: This doesn’t mean you should trust someone you’ve just met. If a stranger is getting uncomfortably familiar with you, don’t hesitate to cut off the conversation. Don’t accept a free drink — you don’t know what’s in it. Even the nicest-looking people are unknown entities when you’ve just met. Report to security if you don’t feel safe around them, or get closer to someone you know from your own party.
Attending a live concert after years of COVID-induced lockdown is an irresistible idea, but keeping yourself safe should always be your #1 concern. If you follow this advice, you already have a head start for enjoying a safe concert. Protect yourself while you’re rocking out!
Sometimes things happen even when you’ve taken every precaution to keep yourself safe. If you’ve sustained an injury in any public setting and you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer, feel free to get in touch with us for a free consultation.