17 July 2017

How To Be A Barrier Queen

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Summer is in full swing and for me this means one thing - music! This is the time when I always tend to go to a lot of gigs and I know this is true for many music lovers, especially as it's festival season too! This has been especially relevant to me this week as I attended Community Festival in London last Saturday and then travelled to Cardiff to see Blink 182. I saw 17 bands over 2 days!

Now if you're a short gal like me then concerts can hold some issues for you, mainly issues with actually being able to see the stage. Well today I'm going to give you some advice on how to make sure you're at the barrier so you can get a (good) view of the show!

GET THERE EARLY

Now this really depends on the size of the venue and the popularity of the artist you're seeing but 9 times out of 10 you're going to want to be queuing at the venue from early in the morning. I'm talking like 8 or 9 am early! For example, Tom and I got to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff at 9:30am for Blink 182 and we still weren't the first ones in the queue but we did manage to get 1 away from the barrier. However, last year when I saw The Last Shadow Puppets in Brighton we didn't queue up until 5pm and we were the third ones in the line and got to the very front.

As for festivals, prepare to be near the front for bands you're not really bothered about to make sure you're at the front for the band you want to see. This can mean you are on your feet for hours so make sure you're ready for that! This was our initial idea to see Catfish And The Bottlemen at Community Festival but we decided we'd rather spend the time looking around the festival so sacrificed our spot at the barrier.


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Flower Crown: Claire's Accessories
Choker: Primark
Jacket: Ebay
Cardigan: H&M
Shorts: Pretty Little Thing
Bag: River Island

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MAKE FRIENDS IN THE QUEUE

If you're going to be spending all day waiting in line then you are probably a) going to get hungry and b) need to go to the toilet. But how can you do this without losing your place in the line? Well one option is to take it in turns with the friends you are going to the gig with (this is what Tom and I did for Blink) but another way is to make friends with the people next to you. Then if you need to leave for whatever reason they will usually let you back into your place when you return. It's also really nice just to meet people at gigs as you have the same interests and it makes the day more enjoyable.


DON'T BRING A BAG

After the awful events that have happened recently, many venues are now banning bags over a certain size. If you can help it, don't bring a bag at all so you can skip getting searched and/or going to the cloakroom. If you do need to bring a bag then I would suggest a bum bag as its small and you can keep it on you at all times. 

SAVE THE MERCH TABLE UNTIL LAST

So many people go to the merch table before heading to the stage, this is the perfect opportunity for you to make your way to the barrier. Don't worry about getting a T-shirt, there's usually loads left at the end!


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So these are my tips to help you become a barrier queen! Do you have any festival/gig tips?

See you soon, 

Beth x

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