Why Concerts are My Safe Haven

Ashley Gale


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I’ve been attending concerts since I was a pre-teen. I attended my first ever concert when I was 12 years old. It was a show put on by the local radio station featuring musical artists such as Kat Deluna, the Jonas Brothers, Danity Kane, Sara Bareilles, Flo Rida, Maroon 5 and more. Thinking back, those artists ruled 2008, they basically took over my playlist on my little iPod shuffle. One of my family members got a hold of a pair of tickets, so my mother got me right off the school bus we rushed right over to New Jersey. We were so lucky to get there right as the Jonas Brothers took the stage. My mother and I only stayed for a few artists since, at the time, I didn’t have any interest in staying for the other artists. I think it was because I wanted to get on the phone and call my friends to tell them where I was. This was only the beginning of my concert obsession.

When I was younger, it was hard for me to find concerts I could go to because 1) I didn’t have a job which meant I had no money 2) my parents wouldn’t let me go to ones on weeknights (I could sometimes wiggle my way out of that one) and 3) I didn’t have a liscense. All that changed once I got older when I could go to concerts with friends and could get to the shows myself. The perks of living near a big city is I can easily take public transportation instead of sitting in bumper to bumper traffic to and from the show.

So far, I have been to over 45 and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. So far, I’ve seen: Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, One Direction, Harry Styles, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Selena Gomez and more! The person I really want to see live is Lady Gaga. The last person I saw in concert was Shawn Mendes last August. My favorite concert I attended was probably One Direction in 2015 up at Gillette Stadium. I was just seats away from the stage, it was pretty lifechanging, especially for a fangirl like me.

Concerts can just take your worries away, at least for a couple hours or so. It’s a place where you have at least one thing in common with everyone else. It gives you the chance to just let go of any stress you may have and just get lost in the music. Also, you're seeing your favorite artist live, what's better than that? It’s also quite possible you could make friends with the people sitting in the row in front of you or even next to you. Concerts just give off good vibes overall. I've actually met some of my best friends at concerts.

Obviously, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there are not a lot of shows going on. Artists are continuing to push back tour dates due to the uncertinacy of being able to gather at large capacities. Of course, the health of everyone invloved: the artists, crews, staff and fans comes first. Hopefully all the concert friends will be back together soon. On the brightside, I’ve seen some artists put on virtual concerts (Melanie Martinez, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan just to name a few) and you can enjoy them from home.

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Philadelphia, PA

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