A bit of a precursor: Click on individual photos to see captions and descriptions.
Last night I attended the Twenty One Pilots concert at The Ogden Theatre with Zara. I originally thought I was not going to be able to attend, as the show was sold out. Given that they are quite possibly my favourite band, I spent the last few weeks feverishly searching Craigslist for cheap tickets. And low and behold the day before I found two tickets for sale at cost, and thus Zara and I made our way to Denver. I can without a doubt say that this concert was the BEST show I have ever been to, and let me tell you I have been to many. It was beyond incredible and was truly a spiritual experience. So I really have to share with you guys the details of our night. While waiting in line for 3+ hours outside the venue, I had plenty of time to think so I made a list of “must haves” for any show, or an Official Concert Survival Guide - This is what I came up with.
1. Wear supportive shoes. I always opt for my Dr. Martens or Converse, they both supply proper support and protection for standing in the pit. Please do not ever wear flip flops/sandals or open toed shoes. Your back and unharmed feet will thank you.
2. If you are wanting to buy merch, do it BEFORE the show right when you get inside. They usually sell out very quickly, especially if you are a size medium.
3. Only bring what you need. Avoid bringing a massive purse, or any bag at all. Invest in a small wallet you can stick in your pocket or wear around your wrist that holds your ticket, your ID, cash and your phone.
4. Bring your own water bottle. I promise you will get thirsty, and sometimes even severely dehydrated. Most venues will not allow open containers, so smuggle it under your jacket while going through ticket scanning.
5. Speaking of jackets, bring one. You will likely be chilly when you leave the concert, so tie it around your waist during the show to keep it out of the way.
6. Do not wear long sleeve shirts. I usually wear chiffon or tank tops because it gets very hot. Also be sure to wear pants or shorts that have pockets. You want to have as many places to store small items to keep your hands free for dancing.
7. Get to know the people standing next to you. Find out their names and befriend them. This will come in handy when you have to go to the bathroom in middle of the show and they will likely hold your spot for you while you are gone.
8. For all your girls with long hair, bring a hair tie. Trust me.
9. As hard as it may seem, try to put your camera/phone away. It can be very tempting to want to capture every moment of this special night to share with the world, but often times you end up missing the experience for yourself. Take a few snapshots of the highlights of the show, but other than that watch the show through your own eyes, not the eye of your camera lens. Live in the moment, I promise you the memory of that concert will far exceed the value of any photo or video you took.
10. Dance, dance and freaking DANCE. It doesn’t matter what the people around you think, enjoy yourself and go nuts. At last night’s show, this guy behind me kept asking if I was alright, he seemed very concerned. He even said “You look like you are seizing, are you sure you’re gonna be okay?” So Z finally turned around and said “She is fine, this is just how she gets at concerts.” My style of dancing is some sort of mix between Lykke Li, Kimbra and Tyler Joseph himself.
11. Do not park in the lots close to the venue that charge $20 for the night. Drive a few blocks and park in a close neighbourhood for free. It will save you some money and get you a little extra exercise.
12. Look up the opening acts the night before and get familiar with their music. It will make your time with them as an audience much more enjoyable if you know a song or two.
13. Go to Taco Bell after the concert. It is the only appropriate post-concert food.
14. If you are looking to leave the quickly after the show ends, check to see if your venue has an upstairs level or a balcony. It can take a very long time to get out of the theatre, especially if you are in the pit. Instead of pushing through the rest of the crowd, go upstairs and take the opposite staircase back down into the lobby. It never fails to be eons faster.
15. Don’t be stingy on paying a good amount of money for your concert tickets. If you can spend $100+ on a pair of UGG boots, you can spend that or less on a great show. Because you are paying for an amazing experience, a memory that you will never lose and that will never go out of style. Let me promise you that your UGG boots will go out of style (HINT HINT: they already are.)
16. If you are going to your favourite band’s show, just try and contain yourself. I epically failed at this rule last night on multiple accounts. I went to punch my friend Joey because he didn’t know who the Pixies were, and I ended up punching this poor girl right in the clavicle. I later hit the same girl again as she was drinking water and it spilled all over her. Oops. I screamed so loud that the guy next to me was practically on his friends lap in attempt to stay a safe distance from my shrill tongue. I ate four whole doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnuts before the show. I was sweating so much that my makeup was running down my face. I smoked FAR too many Prime Times, and I drove like an absolute maniac on the way home and almost killed Z and I like three times. Also, Z’s contact popped out in the middle of the show.
So there you have it, The Official Concert Survival Guide. If you want to see short clips of last night’s show click here and here (seriously do it, they are 15 seconds long and absolutely amazing) A bit of aftermath for you: I am sitting here writing (with my neck kinked to the left due to severe whiplash) at Red Frog with two messy piggy buns in my hair, with a massive sugar hang over, lungs full of tar and makeup still stuck in my eyelashes while listening to Zara help customers, and I can tell you I do not have a single regret from last night. Except for maybe punching that girl. Either way, Twenty One Pilots put on an incredible show, it was absolutely earth shattering. If you have not checked them out yet, please do yourself a favour and give them a listen and show them the support they deserve. And if they are ever playing in your city, GO SEE THEM!
Photos were taken by Zara and myself.
Song of the week: Guns for Hands - Twenty One Pilots
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