Shows are fun and exciting, we all love to go see our favorite bands and have a great time. Unfortunately, drawing a group of that magnitude together means bringing all types of people and personalities under one roof and there are always a few bad mixed in with the good. It's unavoidable, but if you keep a few things in mind, then you will be prepared and ready to make the most out of the night no matter what happens.
Things can get hectic depending on the band that's playing, so keep an eye out and be aware of your surroundings. If you are on the short side, then be especially careful as it is easy to get pushed and it's hard to see what's going on around you. Crowd surfing happens a lot of the time, so keep watch for it and make sure you get your hands up in time. You don't want to let the person kick you in the head, fall on you or on the floor and they certainly do not want to be dropped. There are people who like to drop surfers because they think it's funny; it isn't, so don't be that person. Also, if you're a girl, you may get touched inappropriately while you're up so don't be surprised and take that into consideration before you take to the air. Again, if you're one of those people who thinks it's okay to do that, it's not so be respectful.
There's also a proper time and type of show for circle pits and moshing. If it's a softer show and no one else is doing it, then don't try to be cool and start shoving random people because no one will join you and you'll just piss everyone else off. If it's a metal or a harder rock concert, go for it; but do it the right way. Give those who don't want to be in it get to the side before you go crazy. There's nothing worse than being caught in the middle of ten guys killing each other, and the people who aren't prepared could be hurt.
If you're on the older end of the age group attending, another problem is the handful of obnoxious teenagers that will do anything and everything to get up front, or get noticed. Those who don't have enough respect or maturity will more often than not push rudely through the crowd to try and get front row or at least in front of you, stand on the barricade and try to act tough by throwing elbows and being aggressive. This can ruin a show, especially someone older who can't retaliate without getting arrested. Don't be a jerk; no matter how hard you try and how close you get, you're very unlikely to get noticed. Stage lights are bright, so it's hard for the band to see out into the dark and there's so many people that they might not see you. Even if they do and you get to shake hands and/or meet the band, they are NOT going to remember you the next day.
On a slightly different note but none the less important is the dangerous trend of drug use at concerts, particularly the club drug called MD-MA or 'Molly'. A raw form of ecstasy and more potent, it give the user a euphoric feeling but later causes anxiety and depression after the high wears off. Three people have died due to overdoses this week alone from taking 'Molly' and the glorification of it in pop music (looking at you Miley) does not help. Combined with alcohol or other drugs it is fatal. If someone wants to do drugs, it's their decision but it's a bad idea to do them at a show or at any public event. Not only could you get injured or injure someone else, but if you get caught you will definitely be in trouble and so will the venue. Plus any emergency will disrupt the show and that is a fun killer for everyone else.
No matter what happens (and anything can) just remember that you are there to have FUN and try to go with the flow, even if things don't go exactly as planned. Don't spend all night fuming or you'll look back that the end of the night with regrets, and don't ruin anyone else fun just for your own sake.
Side note: This piece is based off of real experiences and conversations and a thank you goes out to the fans who sparked the idea.