Hi everyone! As many of you may know, John Legend was recently in SA and E somehow managed to get us tickets to his concert. Personally I’m not really a fan of concerts because of how many people there always are and it can be quite stressful with how messy it can be. I’ve only been to two concerts my whole life, the first one is Rihanna (we got seated tickets as close to the front as possible) and also John Legend. John Legend was even better because we were sitting 2 blocks from the front of the stage and right in the middle. What impressed me even more was John Legend himself, he had such an incredible stage presence, plus he’s so incredibly talented with the piano, he didn’t even need notes, everything was by memory. It was by far one of the best experiences (coming from someone who doesn’t like concerts). I think after how traumatised I was about going to Rihanna (it wasn’t a bad experience but there’s definitely room for improvement), I’ve gathered some tips to share with you on 5 ways to enhance your concert experience.
1. Wear comfortable shoes
I’m not a standing or golden circle kinda girl but even seated I’ve learned that shoes is very important. Heels and sandals is definitely a no no for me, not only for the fear of someone stomping on your feet but also people spill drinks on the floor all the time. At John Legend, someone spilt his whole cup of beer on the floor behind me and the beer started running down and past my seat and by the end of the concert, I was surrounded by a pool of beer, thank goodness for Converse!
2. Wear something that will keep you warm outside but won’t sweat you out inside
Sounds too good to be true? I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t wear something ridiculously tiny in case you get too hot inside but have to hold onto a jacket the whole night. It’s always going to be a little chilly at night so try one layer and long sleeves. You can always dress that up with a pretty statement necklace.
3. Don’t carry a big handbag
I had a small sling bag with me that night, it literally only fits my cellphone, a lip balm, some money and credit cards. From looking at the suffering of other ladies that night, trust me, you don’t want to carry a big bag with you and then having to put that baby on the floor or even worse, having it on your lap the whole night.
4. Organise a lift club or just take Uber
This has absolutely nothing to do with drinking but if you are drinking, then there’s more of a reason why you shouldn’t be driving to and from the concert. We didn’t have not even one sip of alcohol that night but we got an Uber to and from the concert because we didn’t want to worry about traffic, parking and we wanted to get there just before he was coming on. Plus, it’s always a treat to be sitting at the back seat and being chauffeured around! It literally took us 30min to get to the Coca Cola Dome and also to get back home. We ordered an Uber as the concert finished and probably waited for 15min, which isn’t so bad considering it took people an hour to get out the parking.
5. Download the set list and learn the songs
This is an obvious one but I think it’s pretty important to at least have heard of the songs the artist is performing. The setlist is generally not released officially but there are websites that keep a record of the set list from concerts in other countries of the same tour. You should check out www.setlist.fm
I didn’t take that many photos at John Legend but I hope you enjoy this post and the pictures anyway! 🙂