Advice To Give Your Child In Advance Of His Or Her First Rock Concert

When your child is passionate about music, getting him or her tickets to an upcoming rock concert in your city is sure to go over well. Given that your child will be new to this environment, it's helpful to also provide a few bits of advice that can help him or her get the most out of the experience. And, since your child will likely be attending with friends who may also be attending their first rock concert, your tips can be shared for the mutual enjoyment of the group. Here are some things that you'll want to tell your child before you hand over the tickets.

The Front Row Isn't Always The Best

Given that many rock concerts have general admission, your child and his or her friends may plan to arrive early and get a spot directly in front of the stage. While it can be special to see the artists from this short distance, you should let your child know that the sound quality can often be better farther back in the venue. Even with earplugs — which you should make sure your child has and commits to wearing — the front row can be extremely loud. Midway back in the room can often provide a better sonic experience.

Don't Risk Dehydration

A couple hours of dancing or moving in a hot environment can cause your child to sweat profusely, so it's important for him or her to know how to stay hydrated. Even mild dehydration can lead to bothersome symptoms such as headaches, which can hinder the concert experience. Your child should plan to drink bottled water throughout the concert to keep this problem at bay. Many concert venues do not allow people to carry in drinks, so make sure that your child has some cash to buy bottled water before, during, and after the show.

Look For A Photo Opportunity Afterward

You want your child to have a good time at his or her first concert, and getting to meet the band can be a perfect way to conclude the experience. Teach your child the tricks of doing so — look for the artist's bus in the parking lot or a stage door near the rear of the venue. Often, there will be other fans lingering in this area, too. Doing so isn't always possible at huge venues and with major artists, but your child may be able to pose for a quick photo with a musician shortly after the rock concert concludes.