• Bathrooms are a luxury, not a given.
    • The biggest struggle of waiting in line. This is especially difficult if you’re there alone.. You have to stay hydrated, but leaving the line when you have to use the bathroom is risky, not to mention how difficult it is to find a bathroom you’re allowed to use.
  • Awkwardly making friends with the people next to you in line
    • What else are you supposed to do for the whole morning/afternoon? Might as well strike up an awkward conversation. If you hit it off, you can talk about bands until the concert starts. If not, well, you’ll feel awkward for the rest of your wait.
  • Snacks are a must
    • You don’t want to find yourself passed out in the crowd! Stay hydrated and make sure to eat food. Some concert goers even bring snacks and foods to pass down the line to share with everyone! You will often see people in line with grocery bags full of food.
  • Sitting or standing/The dollar store blanket
    • How long will I be waiting for? Should I stand, or sit? The ground is wet, the ground is cold, the ground is dirty, but, I can’t possibly stand up for the next 10 hours! I present to you… the dollar store blanket. If you’ve been to concerts before, you have probably seen people sitting on blankets at the front of the line. Buy a cheap blanket to sit on, then trash it before you get into the venue because coat checks are pricey and time consuming.
  • Looking intently at the tour bus hoping for a glimpse
    • If you’re lucky, you will be able to see the tour buses from wherever you’re standing at! We all know the struggle of staring intently towards the buses, trying to catch a glimpse of someone inside, or watching feet walk on the other side and guessing who it is. Occasionally, you might see someone you recognize jogging from the bus to the venue!
  • The defensive glare you give line-skippers to prevent them from cutting you in line
    • If you let people cut you in line, you’ve been waiting for no reason at all. You have to master that defensive glare so they know you’re saying ‘don’t you dare cut the line’.
  • When a venue has multiple entrances
    • You go to one door, your friend waits at the other door. As soon as you find out what door is opening first, you both go to that one!
  • Portable phone chargers
    • Charging your phone during the sets of the bands you don’t know or like as much, so that you have full charge to record and take photos of the ones you like!
  • Bearing through the cold because coat checks are expensive and time consuming
    • Who wants to wait in line and pay for a coat check? Nobody. Even if it’s snowing outside, most concert goers simply settle for wearing a flannel and doing the awkward-it’s-too-cold-huddle. You know, the one where you and your friends stand shoulder to shoulder in a circle all huddled up so you don’t get cold!
  • Looking through the venue windows to try and get a look at the band/meet & greet
    • Too bad we couldn’t afford VIP tickets, instead let’s just stare longingly through the windows in hopes of catching a glimpse of the band.
  • Making a game plan for hitting the merch table and still making it to the barricade/front row
    • “Alright, we have an hour until doors open. We need a game plan to buy merch and still get to the barricade. We’ll get the same shirt in the same size. I’ll hand them the money while you take the shirts, then we’ll sprint to the front. If we need to, I’ll push people”.
  • Can we get someone to drive by and pick up our stuff, or do we throw it away?
    • This also lets you decide what you need to bring. Camp chairs, or the dollar store blanket?
  • Looking down the line just to be glad that you got there so early
    • When you’re bored out of your mind waiting and look up the line. There’s only a few people in front of you. Then you look down the line. The line goes down the street for blocks, and wraps around the corner. Sure am glad I got here early to wait!
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