Concerts are wonderful experiences that offer fans a chance to see their favorite artists up close and personal. All the hours spent listening to albums on repeat culminate into one thrilling moment that is memorable for years to come. Buying tickets and heading to a show is easy enough, but it’s important to remember that, as with any crowded event, concerts can pose some safety risks. These shouldn’t stop you from having the time of your life, but you should follow some simple safety tips for concerts and ensure you have the best time during the show and get home safely after.

Bring a Friend
Whether it’s your first concert or your thirtieth, going with a friend isn’t just more fun — it’s also safer. A friend or group of friends reduce the likelihood of being mugged or harassed during the show and, at the very least, guarantee some help and protection if anything were to go awry.

Use Drugs and Alcohol Wisely
Drinking beer and smoking is pretty common fare at any concert or musical festival, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Drugs hinder your ability to think clearly and make good choices, and at a concert, you want to be as alert as possible. If you’re driving, you should especially avoid taking anything before or during the concert. Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs (even minor ones like pot) puts you and everyone else on the road at risk. Reliable advisers, like those at Clearfield & Kofsky, know that staying hydrated with water and enjoying the show sober reduces the risk of car accidents and other potentially life-threatening situations. If you are planning to take drugs at a show, make sure that you are using your own; you have no idea what could be in something you take from a stranger at a show.

Conceal Cash
The less you have on you, the better. Don’t carry around a backpack or purse. Instead, take out a few bills (nothing greater than $40) and keep it in your front pocket. Back pockets are too easy to steal from, especially in a crowd where people are jumping around and bumping into one another. You should also make sure to keep your ID close and out of pickpockets’ reach.

Have a Plan to Get Home
Research the venue beforehand and lay out an exit strategy in case of an emergency. Also, make sure you have a safe way to get home. If you’re taking public transport to the show, consider taking a cab or having a friend or family member pick you up after since it will probably be late. If you’re driving, make sure you don’t drink or take anything beforehand. If you’re with a group of friends, pick a designated driver before the show starts and ensure everyone is in agreement before you head out.

Sometimes, people get so caught up in crowds and drama at shows that they miss out on whole point: the music. Dressing smart, carrying light and planning ahead guarantees that no matter what happens, you’ll be prepared. With a plan in mind, you’re able to relax and truly immerse yourself in the concert and make sure it’s a night to remember.