10 Things I’ve Learned From Going To Gigs

I’ve been a music fan for years and I’ve been going to gigs for almost three years now, and I’ve picked up quite a few things along the way that I’d like to share with you that will hopefully enhance your own concert experience when you go to see your favourite bands!

So here we go…

1. It’s okay to go on your own

There’s no reason why you should miss out if none of your friends are into a band you want to see. Be brave and go solo, and trust me, you’ll have a great time. You can browse merch at your leisure and, chances are, you’ll probably end up talking to lots of nice people anyway. Rock fans are a lovely lot!

2. You don’t have to be at the front

I used to think this was super important but it’s really not! I once got right up to the front at a Trivium concert and it was super hot and my eyes nearly popped out from being squeezed! Nah, you can have a great time from the middle, side or back without getting elbowed in the face. Sure, if you’re at the front there’s a chance you’ll nab a guitar pick or drumstick but I don’t think that’s worth suffering for.

3. You don’t have to get there super duper early to start lining up

Peeps that want to do this for the sake of getting to the front or the chance of a band member walking by, I totes respect that. But you don’t HAVE to be there earlier than an hour, really, and I like to make sure I’m in when the doors open because I like to check out the support bands. But if you don’t want to camp outside with a blanket, you don’t have to.

4. Stay hydrated

I can’t stress how important this is! They usually confiscate water bottles on entering a venue, but they will give you free tap water at the bar if you ask, and because music venues tend to be hotter than the average ANYWHERE, it’s good to stay hydrated. Personally, I get bad headaches when I’m dehydrated, which I avoid at all costs because I want to have the best possible time.

5. Don’t spend the whole time glued to your phone

It’s nice to have footage and photos to look back on but you’re wasting the show if you spend it all looking at it through a mobile phone screen. I like to record and take pictures, too, but I restrict it to just a few and then I put my phone away and enjoy myself. The people around you will appreciate it, too, if you’re not constantly waving your smartphone around!

6. Be Nice

There’s basic gig etiquette, of course. Pick people up if they fall is, of course, the most important. Be friendly, let people pass, maybe chat to people when you’re lining up or between band changes. The rock and metal world is basically one big family and will look after their own, and it’s fun to chat to people who love the same things.

7. Keep your concert tickets

This is something I LOVE to and always do! You can put them in a nice album to flick through and remember all the shows you’re been to, or put them on your bedroom wall, or if you’re lucky, get it signed by a band member! I just think they make lovely mementos from shows and they’re worth holding onto.

8. Eat before you go

You’re going to need plenty of energy, not just for jumping around (if you so choose!) during the show, but all the standing around before the band comes on and queueing to get i, etc. So make sure you tuck into something tasty before hand to avoid feeling faint or, worse, passing out.

9. Tie up your shoelaces

Pretty basic but people tend to lose their footwear at gigs, for all sorts of reasons, and it’s not the best of times when you have to walk home barefoot! There’s the danger of tripping on laces, too, so be super wise and keep your laces done up.

10. You don’t have to buy merch

If you want to buy merch then by all means, do. You’ll have a nice souvenir and you’re supporting the musicians. But it’s not compulsory, and don’t feel bad or guilty if you don’t. Merch tends to be more expensive at shows due to the venue fee, so you can pribably get what you’re after from the band site for less. Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself, especially if it’s a really special concert, but don’t feel pressured into it at every show.

So, there you have it… All my nuggets of wisdom are unleashed unto the world. Go forth and rock, my darlings, and don’t forget to have the most awesome time!

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What’s Rockin’ November 2017

What's Rockin'

Happy Birthday to:

  • Angela Gossow, Arch Enemy 5th November 1974
  • Chad Kroeger, Nickelback 15th November 1974
  • Kirk Hammett, Metallica 18th November 1962
  • Oliver Sykes, Bring Me The Horizon 20th November 1986
  • Corey King Beaulieu, Trivium 22nd November 1983
  • Ville Valo, HIM 22nd November 1976
  • Satchel, Steel Panther 24th November 1970
  • Eero Heinonen, The Rasmus 27th November 1979

Gigs I’m going to this month:

  • Cradle Of Filth, Electric Ballroom, London 10th
  • The Rasmus at Scala, London 19th
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What’s Rockin’ October 2017

Happy Birthday to:

  • Tommy Lee, Mötley Crüe 3rd October 1962
  • Lzzy Hale, Halestorm 10th October 1984
  • Robert Trujillo, Metallica 23rd October 1964
  • Aki Hakala, The Rasmus 28th October 1979
  • Frank Iero 31st October 1981

Gigs I’m going to this month:

  • Placebo at Brixton Academy, London 23rd
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What’s Rockin’ September 2017

Happy Birthday to:

  • Davyd Winter-Bates, Bury Tomorrow 2nd September 1985
  • Steve Jones, Sex Pistols 3rd September 1955
  • Freddie Mercury, Queen 5th September 1946 RIP
  • Winston McCall, Parkway Drive 6th September 1982
  • Mikey Way, My Chemical Romance / Electric Century 10th September 1980
  • Dave Mustaine, Megadeth 13th September 1961
  • Avril Lavigne, 27th September 1984

Gigs I’m going to this month:

  • Frank Iero and the Patience at the Dome, Tufnell Park, London on 27th
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What’s Rockin’ August 2017

Happy Birthday to:

  • James Hetfield, Metallica 3rd August 1963
  • Eicca Toppinen, Apocalyptica 5th August 1975
  • Jarkko Aaltonen, Korpiklaani 6th August 1973
  • Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden 7th August 1958
  • Amanda Winchester, Rock Blogger  8th August 1988
  • Joesph Poole aka Wednesday 13, 12th August 1976
  • Tarja Turunen 17th August 1977
  • Rob Halford, Judas Priest 25th August 1951
  • Shirley Manson, Garbage 26th August 1966
  • Samuli Ponsimaa, Finntroll 26th August 1977
  • Jonne Aaron, Negative 30th August 1983
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What’s Rockin’ July 2017

What's Rockin'

Happy Birthday to:

  • Dan Estrin, Hoobastank 9th July 1976
  • Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi 11th July 1959
  • Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation 12th July 1974
  • Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath 17th July 1949
  • Brian May, Queen 19th July 1947
  • Chris Cornell, Soundgarden 20th July 1964
  • Dani Filth, Cradle of Filth / Devilment 25th July 1973
  • Paavo Lötjönen, Apocalyptica 29th July 1968
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What’s Rockin’ June 2017

What's Rockin'

Happy Birthday to:

  • Jonne Järvelä, Korpiklaani 3rd June 1974
  • Pete Wetz, Fall Out Boy 5th June 1979
  • Tom Araya, Slayer 6th June 1961
  • Cristina Scabbia, Lacuna Coil 6th June 1972
  • Eric Kretz, Stone Temple Pilots7th June 1966
  • Michael Monroe 17th June 1962
  • Emppu Vuorinen, Nightwish 24th June 1978
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The Rasmus 2017 Tour and Album Announcement

Over the past few years The Rasmus have been super quiet and basically under the radar. And then they slowly starting emerging out of the woodwork, and on the 31st March they released their new single Paradise! To make matters even more exciting, they also announced a tour on the 3rd April! There are hints about a new album coming out, too, so keep an eye out for that…

If you get a chance, go see this awesome band! They’re wonderful live, and it’s an experience you just won’t forget. I’m taking my family to see them at the London show in Scala and I can’t wait!

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What’s Rockin’ May 2017

What's Rockin'

Happy Birthday to:

  • Pauli Rantasalmi, The Rasmus 1st May 1979
  • Perttu Kivilaakso, Apocalyptica 11th May 1978
  • Pelle Almqvist, The Hives 29th May 1978
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Parkway Drive at O2 Academy Brixton, 8th April 2017

The show was sold out and packed to the gills with Parkway Drive fans oozing with enthusiasm. There was already a long queue snaking around the legendary Brixton Academy when I arrived, just before doors opened at around 7pm.

Parkway Drive is a cocktail of of face melting metal riffs, ingeniously roaring lyrics, and catchy choruses. The production was admirably slick and topped off beautifully with blasts of fire and actual fireworks (there were fire engines and an ambulance on standby outside the venue, just in case)! You could tell a hell of a lot of heart, imagination, and careful planning had gone into this masterpiece of a show which, predictably, just flew by at warp speed.

Devilishly handsome, and with a voice so powerful it could slay a walrus, Winston McCall is the perfect lead singer. In between songs he expressed gratitude for his fans and thanked them for supporting the band. Simple words, but sincere, and delivered straight from the heart.

It was one of the heaviest and most exhilarating concerts I’ve ever been to, and they managed to cram so many fantastic tracks into the set. After listening to Vice Grip on repeat and watching the video dozens of times on YouTube, it was crazy amazing to witness it played live! Bottom Feeder was saved until very last to go with the encore, and I loved every furious second of it. You can totally understand why it’s so easy for Parkway Drive to whip an audience into such a frenzy.

All in all, an unforgettable and smashing night – as I predicted it would be!


  • Wild Eyes
  • Carrion
  • Dedicated
  • Vice Grip
  • Karma
  • Sleepwalker
  • Dark Days
  • Destroyer
  • Boneyards
  • Writings
  • Idols
  • Bulls On Parade
  • Swing


  • Crushed
  • Bottom Feeder

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