New to concerts? Never fear! We’ve got you covered.
Sure, you know that the concert is a week from Tuesday, but what time do you have to be there? What do you wear? Where do you park? And most importantly, how can you snag those highly-coveted front-row seats?
We know that it can be daunting to arrive at a concert for the first time. There are so many questions and so much pressure to look like a pro. This article aims to provide aid to concert-goers, such as you!
How Long Does The Concert Last?
Usually, a concert lasts 130 minutes on average. Rock and classic concerts last between two and four hours. Concerts can last anywhere from several hours to several days, depending on the instruments and the level of comfort of the performers.
If you go to a classical music concert, the average duration will be 60 minutes part one, then 10 minutes intermediate break, then another 60 minutes. However, some musicians prepare short concerts up to 60 minutes or less.
Concerts last for a set amount of time, generally lasting anywhere from two to four hours as mentioned. The amount of time a concert is scheduled for depends largely on the artist: if an artist is well-known for playing their music at a certain pace and with few between-song breaks, the concert will be scheduled for a longer period of time than if the same artist typically plays their songs more quickly and has more pauses in between them.
That being said, there are plenty of ways to keep track of how long a concert has been going on. If the concert is at an arena or convention center, there should be monitors and clocks around that display what time it is. And even if there aren’t any clocks directly visible, someone in attendance can usually pull up their phone and check their clock app to see what the current time is. And if all else fails, someone can ask someone who works at the venue.
Why Do Bands Always Start Late?
It is common for bands to start concerts late, and this is for a variety of reasons. Read further below to know why bands always start late.
First, a band would be unable to keep its musicians on schedule if it didn’t start late. Musicians are unreliable individuals who rarely show up on time, so if a band started on time, it would have to go without its musician for the first song they arrived. A delay keeps the band members on schedule with each other and allows them to come together at the right time.
Second, starting late increases the excitement that fans feel when they arrive at a concert. Fans love to get there early because they want to be front and center when the show starts, but they wind up having to wait in line outside in the rain or in their cars in traffic. This causes them to worry about whether or not they will miss the opening act or if their favorite song will be played before it gets too late. Starting late alleviates this problem by giving fans extra time to get there and ensures that everyone is able to enjoy themselves from beginning to end.
Finally, most bands are just plain bad at keeping schedules and need an extra amount of time to get ready for a performance. If their drummer isn’t there yet, then there’s no way that a band can play without a drummer.
Do Concerts Let You In Late?
Yes, they often do. Many people are under the impression that concerts do not let you in late, but a look at the data suggests otherwise.
We all know the rules: you’ve got to get to your concert early if you want a good spot. But there are so many other factors that can come into play when it comes to getting there on time. Maybe you’ve got traffic problems, or maybe you just can’t find parking. Maybe the babysitter canceled at the last minute and your kid needs dinner before they go to bed. Maybe your dog ate your ticket. We all know the reality: sometimes you’re late, and there’s nothing you can do about it. And that’s where you might ask yourself, “Do concerts let you in late?”
A survey of 20 different venues reveals that most of them let people in late. The 9 that did not agree to let people in if they were on time for the following song. So the next time you think about showing up late to a concert, consider these numbers: 19 out of 20 venues will let you in!
However, if you’re late to a concert and trying to get your money back, it can be frustrating to realize that you aren’t alone and that there are a lot of people in front of you in line. But we have some tips for getting your money back from your ticket vendor:
- First, find out if there are any special policies for the venue you are attending. Some venues have policies that allow entry within 30 minutes of a show starting. If you’re close to 30 minutes after the show starts, head over to the ticket office and ask about their policy.
- If there isn’t a policy that allows for entry into concerts after they’ve begun, call or email your ticket vendor. Explain when you arrived at the venue and how long it took to get through security and get into the venue. Also explain what happened once you were inside the venue (i.e., did security tell you not to enter because they don’t let people in after shows start?).
If you’re going to a concert, it’s important to know when to get there.
When Should You Arrive At A Concert?
You should arrive at a concert at least 30 minutes up to 1 hour earlier. Arriving too late can mean missing the opening acts while arriving too early can mean spending hours standing around in line and on your feet.
To ensure that you have the best possible time at the concert, you should follow these guidelines:
- If you are driving and have tickets to the show, arrive at least 1 hour before the show starts. This will allow you ample time to park, find your seats, use the bathroom if necessary, and get settled in. Keep in mind that there may be traffic if other people are also arriving for the same show.
- If you are using public transportation or are walking to a concert venue and have tickets to the show, arrive at least an hour before the show is scheduled to begin. This will give you plenty of time to find your seats, use the bathroom if necessary, and get settled in as well.
- If you do not have a ticket for a concert but are looking for any last-minute deals or opportunities to buy one from someone outside of the venue, then arrive about 30 minutes before doors open. You’ll still have a chance to look for deals while waiting in line with everyone else.
Before arriving at a concert, make certain that you aren’t late. Arrive early so you can find your seat and get comfortable before the performance begins. Be sure to check out the schedule beforehand so you know when the opening acts are scheduled to perform and make sure that you arrive early enough so that you can hear them play. Finally, try making your way to the concert around the time doors open. Most people get to concerts right before they begin, but that means if there are any problems getting in (long lines, equipment difficulties), then you might miss a good portion of the first act if you don’t get in right when doors open.