We all want to see our favorite stars in concert at some point in our lives, right? But what price would you pay to stalk their website for tickets or stand in a crowded arena full of screaming fans? Well, for me it was about $290. Yep. But do I consider myself a bigger fan than the next person? Not really.
We all love the thrill of concerts and live performances, but it shouldn’t mean emptying our savings accounts. For the past two weeks, my friend and I have been desperately seeking tickets for Beyonce’s upcoming world tour, The Mrs. Carter Show, and yesterday we finally bought them! But the struggle of fighting presale dates, website crashes, system overloads and failed passwords was almost not worth the wait. I’m attending three concerts before I go to this show in July and the same pandemonium is expected every time — long lines, obnoxious fans, stop-and-go traffic (if you’re driving), and the best seat in the house that you paid almost $300 for is ruined by one person and their enormous head.
This week Georgia State Campus Events sold out of the Panther Palooza concert tickets featuring Kendrick Lamar (and, it’s rumored, Elle Varner) in only four days! If you had walked past the University Center, you would’ve seen the mile-long lines climbing their way to the ticket booth. Now, it’s always best to buy your tickets early and arrive at the event at least 30 minutes before the doors open. This will save you a little stress by avoiding large crowds. Even though most students attending Panther Palooza have already bought their ticket plus an extra for their friends at other schools, I challenge my peers to make this concert experience a positive one — no chaos and no ticket catastrophe!
Concerts should be an enjoyable experience, a chance for you to become closer to the artist you’ve spent so much time listening to on the radio or their newest albums. It’s their chance to give that time back to you — the fan. Of course, it’s not their fault when ticket sales go haywire (I personally blame management), but at the end of they day, as long as you’re at a good show with a good friend and good music, it’s going to be a great time.