How to have a great experience at the barricade!

You have not LIVED until you have been on the barricade of your favorite band.

Seeing their sweat crystal clear.

Matching their adereline to yours.

Feeling the bass slamming your chest in.

Hello readers! Hope your week has been going great, if not chin up! You can always conquer tomorrow!

Now you don’t want to faint right before they come on after waiting hours in line At The Dollhouse so….

here are some safe and fun tips to make sure you have the time of your life.

  1. Get there early!
This picture was taken by Daniella Aguilar during the Kodaline show at Emos.
This picture was taken by Daniella Aguilar during the Kodaline show at Emos.

You never truly know that you will be on the barricade until you are right in front of it. The meaning early is different depending on the band and the fans. The bigger the band/fanbase the earlier you have to go to get in line for general admission (GA).

*for the picture on the right side of Steve from Kodaline, I got to the venue at 10 am since Kodaline does not have a huge fan base and was the first one in line and first one in the door.*

2. Stay Hydrated!

I cannot express this enough, drink water! Have a water bottle with you and drink! Trust me, you don’t want to make it to the barricade after waiting for hours and feeling you’re about to faint or even worse you do and they have to take you out of there.

3. Have portable chargers!

You have to do something while waiting in line all day for your band. Most likely you will be on your phone. And we are know that you need your phone to record some songs. Don’t trouble yourself with worrying if you will have enough battery until the end of the show, bring 2-3 portable chargers and you are set, you can find affordable ones at Wal-Mart.

4. Everyone needs to go! 

1-2 hours before door opens, go to the nearest restroom. Once you are at your spot at the barricade, if you leave it to go to he bathroom, you will lose your spot. There will still be a 2-3 hour wait until the main act comes out, your bladder will thank you for this!

5. Be friendly!

This picture was taken by Kim Gill during SXSW of 2015
This picture was taken by Kim Gill during SXSW of 2015

Congrats! You got to the barricade! As you wait for the opening act to come on stage, lean on the barricade as much as you can. Your feet probably isn’t hurting right now but before your band comes on stage, they will be aching. While you do that, become friends with the security that is between you and the stage and people around you. It’s best to be on their good side, they come in handy when you are begging for the setlist or the guitar pick (hint hint). I know from experience, the friends you make at concerts last a lifetime!

*From the picture above, I knew a few of them from previous concerts, others I met a few minutes before this picture was taken.*

6. Be Respectful!

People in the front row have a duty of being the life of the party besides the artist. When the artist is up there singing, you should rock out as well! Let your energy bounce off each other. With that in mind, when the opening act is performing, practice some of that energy on them, let them know that you are digging their music. If you’re going to stand there and not move at all then why bother being at the front?

7. Enjoy the show!

If you are in the front row, then record away! Have these videos for years from now when you are feeling down or want to tell your children of the good ol’ times, you have this for memories. But please keep in mind to not record every single song and witness the concert through a little screen. Enjoy the music, enjoy the artist in front of you. Enjoy this moment because you will want to remember the view, the sound, and maybe even the smell. That is what will make this night memorable.

What band would you like to be front row to?

Also feel free to leave any other tips that has helped you get to front row for other readers!

for you music goers, if you’re going to ACL, here are some tips on how to have a fun and safe weekends.

*To get a glimpse of another barricader’s view, check out this post!*


2 thoughts on “How to have a great experience at the barricade!

  1. Ha! I loved this article! You have many good points and tips while keeping the topic fun. Being at the barricade is definitely awesome, but sometimes concert-goers don’t think about what it takes to be one of the fans in the concert promo pictures. Nice, easy way to lay it out for any live-music fan (are there any of those in Austin??).


    1. Exactly! I always see people like that next to me at the front and they just stand there and it’s not cool. And not sure I understand what you mean by if there are any of those in Austin, but yeah! There are so many live music fans in Austin (I’m one of those). Thanks for the feedback!


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