13 Concert Etiquette Rules

Concert Etiquette Rules
Attending a concert is more than just having a great time. It's also about respecting the performers, fellow concertgoers, and venue staff. Concert etiquette rules include arriving early, turning off your cell phone, refraining from taking too many ephotos or videos, not blocking the view of others, and applauding at appropriate times.

1. Arrive Early 

Arriving early at a concert can help you secure better seats or standing spots. You may find a spot that gives you a great view of the stage without having to crane your neck or stand on your tiptoes.

By arriving early, you can enjoy extra performances by other guest artists and get into the mood for the main event.

2. Dress Appropriately

Some concerts may have a dress code, especially for more formal events such as classical music or opera. Make sure you check the dress code beforehand to avoid any surprises.

You’ll likely be standing or walking around a lot, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. The key is to strike a balance between comfort, practicality, and style. 

3. Keep The Waiting Line Moving

keep the concert entry queue moving
Keep the concert entry queue moving

Here are a few tips to help you keep the line moving while waiting for your turn to enter the hall:

  • Stay alert: Keep your eyes and ears open to any announcements or instructions from the organizers and any movement in the line.
  • Be prepared: Have your ticket or ID ready to quickly show it to the ushers or security personnel when it’s your turn.
  • Keep moving: Don’t stop unless necessary when the line starts moving. Avoid checking your phone, taking pictures, or engaging in any activity that might slow down the line.
  • Stay in line: Don’t try to cut the line or jump ahead of others, as this will only cause frustration and delay for everyone else.
  • Be polite: Show courtesy and respect to those around you, and avoid confrontations or arguments with other people in line.

4. Keep Your ID Handy For Stamp And Bands

If you are attending a concert, keep your physical ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, handy for identification and stamping. This may be necessary for security or age verification before entering the concert hall. 

5. Don’t Bump Into Others While Dancing

Here are some tips to avoid bumping into others while dancing at a concert:

  • Look around you and observe how much space you have. Take note of the people around you and try to anticipate their movements.
  • You may accidentally hit someone if you swing your arms too much while dancing. Keep your arms close to your body, and avoid flailing them around. If you do accidentally bump into someone, apologize right away. 

6. Know When Not To Sing Along

Attending a concert can be a fun and exciting experience, and singing along with the artist is often part of the thrill. However, there may be times when it’s best to refrain from singing along, such as:

  • During quiet or acoustic songs: If the artist is performing a soft, mellow or acoustic song, it’s best to avoid singing along as your voice could disrupt the music performance and ruin the mood.
  • During songs with complex lyrics: If you’re not familiar with the lyrics of a song or if the lyrics are complex, sit back and enjoy the performance instead of trying to sing along.
  • During moments of silence: Sometimes artists create moments of silence during a performance for dramatic effect. Respect these moments and avoid singing or making any other noise.
  • If you’re not a good singer: If you’re not confident or your voice is off-key, avoid singing along.

7. Don’t Push People 

Pushing people is dangerous and disrespectful and could lead to injuries or accidents. Be mindful of the people around you and behave in a manner that ensures everyone’s safety and comfort. 

If you find yourself in a crowded area in the hall, try to move slowly and calmly and avoid pushing or shoving others.

8. Don’t Chatter Continuously

Talking continuously in a concert hall can be disruptive and disrespectful to the performers and other audience members.

Be considerate and mindful of others in shared public spaces and respect the rules and guidelines that are in place. If you need to speak to someone during a concert, do so quietly and briefly, or step outside the hall to avoid disturbing others.

9. Grip Your Drink Properly 

If you’re attending a music festival where drinks are allowed, grip your drink properly to avoid spills or accidents. Use one hand to hold your drink and keep the other free to clap or move to the beat of the music.

Hold your drink close to your body to minimize the chances of bumping into someone and spilling your drink. Don’t hold your drink above your head. It’s dangerous and inconsiderate to other concert-goers. 

10. Don’t Get Trashed And Wasted

don't drink too much at a concert
Don’t drink too much at a concert

Getting carried away and drinking too much at a concert is easy. But it’s dangerous for you and others around you. Here are tips to help you avoid getting wasted at a concert:

  • Set limits for yourself: Have a plan before attending the concert. Decide how much alcohol you are comfortable consuming and stick to that limit. 
  • Eat a meal before drinking: Consuming alcohol on an empty stomach can lead to faster intoxication. So make sure you have a meal or grab a sandwich before the gig.
  • Pace yourself: Sip your drink slowly and take breaks in between to give your body time to process the alcohol.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking water or other non-alcoholic beverages between alcoholic drinks can help keep you hydrated and reduce the risk of a hangover.

11. Suck It Up If You’re Late

If you arrive late at a gig, don’t push your way to the front of the crowd. It’s disrespectful and can be dangerous. You’re late so you should take your place at the back of the crowd.

12. Be Mindful Of Shorter People If You’re Tall

If you are tall, respect others and be considerate of their height. Try to pave the way for the shorter people, especially kids accompanying their parents, to enjoy the moment by seeing the performance on stage. It’s not about staying in the back of the room but simply being mindful of your surroundings. 

13. Have Fun

Get to the venue early to get a good spot and avoid the crowds. Let loose and enjoy your favorite band’s performance. Sing along, dance, and soak in the energy of the crowd. Put your electronic devices away and be present in the moment. Enjoy the live music or rock concert and create memories that will last a lifetime.

How Do You Know If You’re Being Too Loud At A Concert?

As a concertgoer, there are a few signs that you may be too loud:

  • If the people around you are giving you dirty looks or asking you to lower your voice
  • If you can hear your own voice echoing or ringing in your ears
  • If the sound engineer or security personnel are paying attention to you


Tabitha is a curious and enthusiastic writer who believes in the power of words and the importance of good manners. Etiquette is her passion, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.

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