An Introvert's Survival Guide to Concerts


Back at the beginning of the summer* I went to two concerts in the same week. Mind you, it was my very first concert experience(s) so I had no idea what to expect. I'm an introvert who hates crowds or big social-like events that are loud and full of people, so those types of situations are not ideal for me.

*lol I make it sound like summer is over HELP I DON'T WANT IT TO END

Does anyone else ever feel that way?

If you do have no fear! Because now that I'm the concert expert* I am going to give you some helpful tips on how you can survive your first concert experience like me and talk about what to expect if you haven't been to one like Before Summer Kenzie.

*I hope you read that with a flourish of sarcasm.


AN INTROVERT'S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO CONCERTS

As you know, I got to see Imagine Dragons (featuring Grace VanderWaal) and Harry Styles in early June (it felt so surreal, my dude). I was lucky to have two really great concert experiences (best nights EVER). I did have to wait in line for a little bit at Imagine Dragons and we did have to pay an outrageous amount for semi-reasonable parking but thank goodness we had a VIP package and we were able to get in stress-free. So, typically, it's all according to the venue. At Harry Styles, we didn't have to wait in line AT ALL. We didn't have to pay for parking either! It was so laid-back and easy peasy lemon squeezy. And even though both shows had completely different vibes, they were amazing in their own way.



So, I guess you can say that I got lucky. But there are some things you should do as a form of self-care before going to a concert in order to have your best and fullest experience...

Put your introvert in the back seat. 

It's time to let your inner extrovert shine! And what I mean by that is to let yourself sing at the top of your longs and dance even if everyone is watching-- which is something your introverted self may not care for...  But the night is yours. Let yourself be completely and wildly free.




Take care of yourself.

I knew that loud music and being surrounded by thousands of people would give me The Ultimate Headache so I made sure to take ibuprofen before the show started and drank lots of water (not too much though- I didn't want to miss anything). If you are well taken care of (i.e. fed, watered, dressed nicely) you will enjoy yourself so much better. I brought a flannel with me to both shows just in case I got cold but I didn't end up needing it because I was too bUSY DANCING AND SINGING LIKE THE CRAZY FAN I AM! ~(•-•)~



Make friends!

Waiting in line can be overwhelming and full of anxious vibes. You're either too hot from standing in the sun or too cold from standing in the rain. Someone might have cut in front of you or bumped your elbow with their metal lawn chair. But you have to remember: Everyone is there for the SAME reason you are. You're about to see one of your favorite artists LIVE. This is a monumental moment, my dude. So... Smile at the person next to you. Offer to take a picture for the group of friends over there. Compliment someone on their outfit (they probably thought long and hard about it!). Ask someone if they're as excited as you are!

Afterall, you probably won't ever see these people again.









My sisters and I asked this group of girls to take our picture for us and we offered to take one for them. They were so sweet and giddy and eager about the whole thing. We never saw them again but there's nothing better than that feeling of connecting with a stranger because you both are experiencing this moment together. 





I remember when Imagine Dragons started playing some of their throwback songs and I noticed there was a guy behind me, standing in his seat as well, singing along to Demons like it was his anthem. It really took me back to when I was 16 and sitting in my room, writing while listening to the Night Visions album... I never would have thought I was going to actually be seeing them in concert one day. I never thought I'd actually touch Dan Raynold's bicep. •-•


Yes, that actually happened. My mom practically shoved me at him. His arm was really soft.

Plan it right.

I know sometimes the best experiences are unplanned... But if this is your first time going to one, you need to time it with some sort of plan in mind. 




Since we knew that parking was going to be pretty crazy for Imagine Dragons (the venue had a lot of complaints the night before), we made sure to get there two hours before the gates opened. For Harry Styles, we had to drive over 5 hours* so beforehand, we decided not to worry about making it to the opening act and get there a little bit after the venue opens since our seats were reserved. With that mindset, we felt more at ease evEN THOUGH WE MADE IT JUST IN TIME TO SEE HARRY STYLES GET READY BEFORE THE SHOW. 

* why yes, we did get home at 6am.






And yes, he did end up waving to us. *insert teenage Kenzie sobs*

So, I think planning it in the sense of knowing how much time you'll need for parking and the possibility of waiting in line, going to the bathroom, getting snacks, etc., would make your experience feel way less overwhelming. 

Have fun!

There is honestly no way to describe what it is like to go to a real concert. There's a rush of adrenaline that flows through you the moment before the artist gets on stage and the crowd just goes insane. You feel as though you've entered a whole other universe when you're singing along to your favorite song and standing on top of your seat and time no longer exists. 

I hope everyone is able to have that feeling, no matter what type of experience it is.


TALK TO ME!

Are you an introvert who loves concerts LIKE ME? Have you ever been to one? DO YOU GET OVERWHELMED WITH BIG CROWDS? Which do you think was the most helpful tip? DID I TELL YOU THAT I TOUCHED DAN REYNOLDS'S BICEP?? Thanks so much for reading, friend!

xx Kenzie

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  1. THIS IS SO HELPFUL OMG. Concerts low-key terrify me??? They just seem so overwhelming and I've never known if I'd actually like going to one. This post made it feel totally manageable!! You are the best, Kenzie. <3

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    1. GIRL, I TOTALLY KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. And everyone experiences things differently so it's all up to YOU and what you think is best for you. I'm glad that I was able to experience something I wouldn't normally experience because it let me feel like I was living.

      It's always good to try new things, even if you don't end up liking it. <3

      Thank you so much for reading, Grace!

      xx Kenzie

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  2. CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW THE MUSIC TAKES YOU DOWN MEMORY LANE AFTER YOU WENT TO THE CONCERT? as if it wan not all ready wonderful. Listening to the songs played at a concert after the fact is pure bliss. THIS POST MAKES ME WANT TO GO TO MORE. (says someone who's only gone to one.)

    I love the Advil water advice. On my every first concert I got tripped and did a whole tumbling onto the ground and rolling for safety measures thing and boy do I wish I had Advil before hand. LOL It didn't stop my concert fun but boy was that a wild way to start the concert off. {P.S. please go to more concerts and share your adventures with me. Your outfits are amazing}

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    1. UMMMM YES, I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. <3 I also love that you fall in love even more with their music afterwards. Ahh, it gives the songs a whole new meaning. AHHH I'M SO HAPPY MY POST COULD DO THAT FOR YOU BECAUSE CONCERTS ARE THE BEST.

      First of all, you are amazing and so so sweet. I CRY. THANK YOU. <3 I'm glad to hear that my post/fangirling didn't bother anyone. ;) Now, second, hehe that sounds like a very memorable concert experience. I actually tripped too! I definitely think advil is a must to have on hand.

      Thank you so much for reading, lovely! <3

      xx Kenzie

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  3. Both of those sound so fun!! I wouldn't call myself an introvert but this was still super helpful! I've been to a concert once (grace vanderwaal actually) and it was amazing!!!

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH NABILA! <333 I'm so happy you found my post helpful even if you aren't an introvert. I really need to stop excluding my extroverted friends! <3 Yess, I remember when you went! Grace VanderWaal is such a talented singer and oh my gosh, I loved watching her performance. She was so cute prancing around stage with her adorable flower crown.

      Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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  4. Great share! Seems like you had a wonderful experience coming to that concert.

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  5. Wow! That was a fun night dear. Seems like your having so much that you forgot your being introvert lol.

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  6. I am so happy you did this post, because I saw all your lovely photos on Instagram and I hoped you'd share about it more. : )

    I agree wholeheartedly about offering to take photos for other people. It's just kindness, ya know?

    I've only been to one concert. It was in a church so not quite the same as an open-air venue, but it is one of my most favorite memories. I definitely cannot wait to go to another one someday!!

    anyway I love this post a lot.
    cheers.
    k.

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    1. *blushes and squeals* REALLY?! Eeep, that makes me so glad because I thought by now people would be #offically annoyed with me talking about it. o.O

      That sounds so lovely, Keira! I'm happy that it is one of your favorite memories. No matter how many people there are or wherever it is, I think a concert is a concert. As long as you are having fun! Now that I think of it, I've probably already been to my first concert... I went to this outdoor one last year in honor of stopping mental illness stigma and it was an amazing experience. <3

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving me some sweetness in my comments. <3 You are so wonderful!

      xx Kenzie

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  7. It looks like it was so much fun! I've been to one or two concerts before, and the best thing I did was just relax and have fun! You're so right - it's a moment for you to enjoy, have fun and forget about the people around you, because yeah, you're likely to never see them again!
    (also, I can't believe you got to touch his bicep :O )

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    1. Thank you so much! And EXACTLY! Concerts are meant for being "in the moment" and just enjoying yourself. <3

      Hehe, I honestly can't believe it either. It was so surreal. o-o Thank you so much for reading and leaving your sweet comment. <3

      xx Kenzie

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