I just attended a concert (Streetlight Manifesto, to be exact) and thought I would share some essentials for concerts. For small, indoor concerts, I usually bring a wrist wallet or a under-the-shirt travel belt (not very stylish, but extremely practical for when things get rough). In there, you will find:
Phone, keys, ticket: Well, duh. I will often put my keys on a lanyard and tie them around my belt loop and put them in my pocket as I often don’t have room in my phone wallet for them.
If I’m taking public transit, I will also bring any transportation tickets, passes and headphones to pass the commute.
I.D., about $30 in cash, credit card: When I don’t bring my full on wallet, I bring the bare minimum, my I.D. for will call tickets, card I used to pay for them and additional money in case I want to buy merchandise.
Extra hair ties: In case my hair ties break during the performance. Having my hair down at a concert is a big no-no.
CDs and Sharpie: If I feel there is a good chance I will meet the band, I will bring alone some CD booklets for band members to sign! Especially after shows (in contrast to a planned signing), members might not always have a pen, so I always be sure to take my own.
Gift: If there is a good chance I will meet the band before the performance, I will often make them a gift, usually a painting.
If it is an outdoor, all-day festival, I will usually bring a few additional items:
Portable charger: After a long day of taking videos of performances, you phone is bound to lose juice.
Gallon of water and snacks: Because who wants to pay $5 for a water bottle?
Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses: Don’t get burned by forgetting sunny day essentials and other weather appropriate materials (rain poncho, windbreaker, etc.).
These are all important to being prepared for a great concert experience. Stay safe!