Taking Your Teen to Their Very First Concert

As a parent, sharing your love of music with your kids is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Even if you and your child don’t love the same bands, there’s still something special about passing on a true appreciation for music to your children.

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When it comes to sharing special music moments with your child, perhaps no moment is bigger than taking your teen to his or her first concert. It’s a moment both of you will remember for the rest of your lives, and it’s a great way to create a remarkable bond with your loved one.

So, how can you make sure your kid’s first concert is the best it can be? Here are some tips to help you out:

  • Get awesome tickets—This is your child’s first concert. This is the one that will shape his or her perception of what a concert is for years to come. It’s so important that this experience is the best it can be. That’s why you should try to get the best tickets you’re able to afford. This way, your kid can be up close and soak up all the action. The good news is there are lots of great ticket resellers online where you can get cheap concert tickets, like here.
  • Review the venue’s rules—Every venue has its own rules. Some allow photography, others don’t. Some allow teenagers, others are 18 and up. Some allow dancing, others don’t. Some require minors to be with an adult, others don’t. That’s why it’s so important that you review the rules well in advance of the show. That way, you and your kid will know exactly what to expect at the concert.
  • Listen to the music ahead of time—There’s no better way to get pumped up for a big concert than to listen to the artists who will be performing ahead of time. This allows both you and your kid to get familiar with the songs, so you can all sing along and have a good time during the concert. There are lots of great music apps you can use to listen to just about any artist.
  • Set ground rules before you go to the show—In addition to making sure everyone obeys the rules of the venue, you need to set your own rules for your child at the show. Does your kid need to stay by your side at all times? If not, how often does he or she need to check in with you? Is he or she allowed to dance?  By setting some ground rules ahead of time, you can make sure your child will be safe and have a good time.
  • Dress comfortably—Dressing up for a concert is always fun. It’s a big event, especially your teen’s first concert. So, by all means, let your teen get all dressed up, and you can dress up too! If you want, you can all dress according to the genre. For example, if you’re going to a country concert, you might want to wear a cowboy hat and boots to get in the mood. Of course, make sure everyone is dressed comfortably because you may be on your feet in a crowded space for several hours.
  • Have fun…even if you don’t like the music—Let’s be honest, you probably don’t like the same music that your teenager likes. And that’s okay. This is about your child. Get in the spirit of things and have a good time, even if you think the music is terrible. You don’t want to be a downer who looks like he or she is being forced to endure a concert. Make the best of it!
  • Take lots of pictures and videos—If the venue allows photography, make sure you take plenty of pictures and videos throughout the concert. This is your child’s first show. It’s a memory that’s going to last a lifetime, so capture these moments as best as you can. Here are some tips for taking pictures at a concert.
  • Get a souvenir—It’s always exciting to walk out of a concert with a piece of memorabilia, whether it’s a shirt, poster, sticker, album, or something else. If you can afford it, let your kid get a souvenir. Maybe he or she can even get it signed by the band!

With these simple tips, your teen’s first concert will be an amazing experience that makes him or her want to go back for more.

Martin Ceballos is a music reviewer for numerous hip music blogs. He regularly attends shows and listens to artists from all genres, because let’s face it – variety is the spice of life.