Summer brings lots of great things -- warm weather, beach trips, backyard barbecues. But lately, incredible concerts, tours, music festivals, and free outdoor shows are becoming as synonymous with the season as baseball and humidity. All of which makes summer the best time for checking out new bands, seeing old favorites, and catching outdoor concerts while basking in the ambience of warm nights.
But going to see live music, whether you’re heading to Lollapalooza, Central Park SummerStage, or a show at your local indie venue, can be tricky, chock full of various ways to ruin your night. Drinks are overpriced, bathrooms smell bad, and the crowds can be shoulder to shoulder. It’s wise to go in prepared.
In that spirit, we’ve compiled the most common pain points of shows and music festivals -- and how to solve them. For good measure, we threw in some insider tips to maximize your experience. A good concert, after all, can be the highlight of your summer. So heed this advice, then get out there and sing your heart out from the front row.