The concert scene steps up as years go by. It now happens every month as early as January to be exact as oppose to the past that it only happens starting on the second quarter. In short, naging mas magastos na ang concert ngayon lalo na sa mga multi fans gaya ko. hihi With that in mind, a lot of things should be prepared prior to concert day – the budget, the ticket, and the merch (optional: official or unofficial).
If you already secured your ticket then good job to you! You will just have to wait for the concert day! 🙂
Oh! But it’s my first time to go to a concert, what else should I bring? – Fan
If you wanna know the answer… Just keep reading…
WHAT TO BRING TO A CONCERT?
I always prepare my things the night before the concert for me not to forget everything. I get excited on concert day that all I think about was to go at the venue already. You will know the feels once you get to one. hihi
Anyway, the list that I will provide here are my must-have concert essentials. It is what keeps me from having a smooth concert experience starting from the moment I arrived at the venue location right to the end. It is not much, but it’s something that I get pass through the guard checks easily for. Let’s get started…
- CONCERT TICKET. This is the most important item you should bring with you in a concert! Makalimutan mo na lahat wag lang yung concert ticket because you cannot enter the venue without it. If the venue is in MOA you have your physical ticket. If the venue is in Kia Theatre / Araneta Center you have your printed copy of the ticket or the physical one. You don’t want to be hassled to go back home to get it, right?
- CASH. This is the second most important item you must have when you attend a concert. There will be official and unofficial merch that will be sold on concert day so if your up to get those you must have your money with you.
- MINI BAG (Bag that is shorter than the size of a short bond paper). This is where you will put your concert essentials. I’d like to bring a smaller bag because depending on the guard some bigger bags like Jansport size backpack bags sometimes don’t get pass their checks especially if you are on VIP standing. So, to avoid your bags from being confiscated then GO FOR MINI BAG.
- TITA ESSENTIALS. This consists of vicks/katinko, tissue, lipstick, wipes (ayoko ng madirty eh!), ponytail and comb. You noticed I don’t have an alcohol or cologne with me. I don’t bring one and I just put it on me before I go out of the house. I experienced having liquids confiscated by guards so since then I don’t bring one anymore.
- CELLPHONE. This is so you can contact your parents (for sundo) or you can contact your mutuals for meet ups. It’s the only camera allowed for fancams too at the venue so bring one.
- POWERBANK WITH CORD. This is our cellphone’s life. We can’t help but take pictures with our friends/mutuals before concert that it drains phone’s battery. We have to be prepared to have to be prepared to have our powerbank with us so our phone camera will be ready to take beautiful moments during the concerts!
- HEADSET. This is one of my introvert protection item. It’s what helps me to prevent talking to strangers. I’m shy type. Also, it’s want energizes me going to and fro the venue and at home. Imagine listening to the concert setlist on your commute and as you walk at the venue.
- UMBRELLA. This is your savior for the heat and the unpredictable rains in the afternoon. Titas can’t go out without this (iwas sakit sa ulo at highblood…hahaha)
- LIGHTSTICK WITH BATTERY. This will make the beautiful ocean possible! We all want to be part of that, right? Depending on the lightstick, the number of Triple A batteries varies – 2 or 3, so bring a whole pack of battery, just to be sure.
- VALID IDs. This is necessary for inspection checks. Some guards ask for ticket verification just in case your ticket failed to scan on their scanner as you enter the venue. So to ensure that the ticket name and your identity matches you should bring at least one valid ID.
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS ON D-DAY?
Fans go to the venue early to get freebies. Some fan mastersites and fans roam around the venue to give freebies to fans. They usually at the venue early in the morning coz they already have to go in line as early as lunch for the souncheck / hi-touch / photo op event.
There’s also official merch being sold at the venue which you can purchase right before the concert. The earlier you go the better because merch get sold out fast.
Each ticket holders have a time on when they can go inside the venue. Royalty, VIP tickets get to fall in line early according to their queuing number. In line, the guard checks the bags and if you pass, then good. If not, they will ask you to put your bags on the bag counter and you may get it after the concert.
Pulp allotted booths inside the venue where you can get your souvenir card just in case you missed it during the ticket selling.
WHAT TO AVOID ON CONCERT DAY?
- Avoid bringing professional camera. Some guards really dig your bag on the entrance inspection and they will confiscate it if you’re found to have one. You don’t want to risk leaving your expensive camera on the bag counter, don’t you?
- Avoid buying headband light, penlight that is longer than a crayola. The guards will confiscate it if it’s too big. I had mine confiscated during MADE TOUR in MANILA and it’s around PHP 50-250. Don’t let your money to go to waste and just bring the official lightstick / buy mini mini unofficial penlight.
- Avoid buying idol group’s big paperbag at the venue. Guards don’t allow it on the venue so it automatically gets confiscated when found. Just make sure that the freebies you get fits your bag.
Do let me know if you have questions on the comment below and I will try my best to answer all of them. 🙂