How to Survive Your First K-Pop Concert

By Dianelys Fuentes

You’ve waited months for a new comeback, streamed their title song nonstop, watched their stages more than you care to admit, and even though you thought you never seem them live, they announced a tour stop near you. And now you’re going to your first ever K-pop concert.

A couple of months passed by and the realization that you’re actually going to this concert has come to hit you like a brick. Maybe you’re going to a new city, or going with people that you’ve never met before, or it’s a combination of all of those. Do not worry, we all been there and that’s why we decided to share these tips to make your first concert experience a very enjoyable one!

1. Make sure you’re there at the right time

Planning to get official merchandise? You better show up a few hours early to make the line. Have general admission (GA) tickets? That’s another line if it’s not seated. Make sure to check forums, social media groups, and with other people in the fandom to know when is the right time to show up so you can plan accordingly.

2. Check what’s allow inside the venue

If you’re not familiar with the clear bag policy, make sure to visit the venue’s website or give them a call so that you know which bag to buy prior to the concert. There are also some other restrictions that might apply like the size of a banner, food, drinks, etc.

3. Bring extra batteries/power supplies

Tweets, Snapchats, Insta-stories, plus the gazillion fancams you plan on recording will take a toll on your phone’s battery, so make sure not only to bring an external power supply but also an extra or two. Also, make sure to charge them the night before. You can never be too cautions.

4. Check the weather constantly

This might seem like a no-brainer, but if you’re going to another city or state altogether, it’s always recommended to check the weather patterns for that month. Keep checking as the days get close; you don’t want to pack the wrong clothes! Since we’re talking about clothes…

5. Dress comfortably

We get it, you want to look cute for your bias, but if you’re feet are hurting by the time you get to the venue, you will be miserable the rest of the concert. You want to enjoy the concert, not worry about your fashion choices, so be realistic about what you are going to wear. You can always go to trusty Pinterest or Instagram for some outfit inspo!

6. Have a meet-up spot for after the concert

It’s always a good idea to have a designated spot to meet up with your friends after the concert. You might get separated when trying to exit the venue or if you are seating in the different sections you might not be able to spot them right away. This way, no one has to worry about finding each other.

7. Be prepared to cry

The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here: you’re no longer seeing them through a screen, but in front of you on a stage about to perform those songs you spend so much time listening to! It’s only natural to be a little emotional (or a lot), so be prepared to cry. Bring those tissues and wear that waterproof mascara if you’re wearing makeup, because at some point it’ll get to you.

8. Be present

This is more of a suggestion than advice, but sometimes we get to carried away between trying to record and share all of our favorite moments. Put your phone away during one or two songs, and just sing along and dance. You never know when you’re going to see this artist again, so enjoy what can be the most beautiful moment in your K-pop stan life.

Let us know in the comments below which K-pop artist you’re planning to see for the first time!

Special thanks to the SnackFever writers’ team  for sharing their concert photos!

Cover Image: Twice (JYP Entertainment)
Written by Dianelys Fuentes

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