If you’ve never attended a Kpop concert before, let me warn you it can be quite nerve wracking from the start to the finish, particularly if your favourite band don’t often stop by your home town! You want to make sure you get the tickets you want otherwise the agony of missing out-, well perish the thought!
There are a few things you can do to prepare yourself!
Here are my tips for getting tickets to Kpop concerts:
Ok it’s pretty much a given but make sure you have money. Know your budget and what you are willing to spend. Whether you’re in Asia or in the UK the concerts I’ve been to seem to be priced around £100 plus mark. It’s not cheap but this seems to be the standard. So start saving!
There’s also nothing worse than not knowing about a concert until it is too late and all sold out. Be prepared for ticket announcements. Official facebooks are a great source of information. If you’re not keen on facebook then I would recommend joining twitter and following a few fanclubs. Fans are very quick to relay any exciting news!
Once tickets get announced.
Plan what kind of experience you want! (to an extent!) do you want to sit or stand? Here are a few things to consider.
Pros and cons of sitting.
- You don’t have to start queuing early on concert day! You can swing on by, queue in the merchandise queue when you want, no worries! You have a seat guaranteed. There’s no stress.
- You can get an overall better view of the concert and entire stage.
- You don’t have crazy sweaty fans at your back trying to push you.
- Sometimes you won’t know where to look because you can see everything and everyone. It’s a nice problem to have though!
- Depending on the country – some people stay sitting down in their seats for the whole concert. I know in the UK, whether you have a seat or not…you stand! Whereas in Singapore, a lot of people sat. I don’t know how they do it. It’s impossible to sit when Fantastic Baby is being performed live in front of you!
Pros and cons of standing.
- You need to start queuing early if you want to get up to the barriers! Sometimes you can get lucky and get to the front even if you’re late but it depends on fate!
- Queuing can be just as fun and you can make friends with the people you’re queuing with.
- In the pit it can be difficult if you’re short. If there are a lot of tall people there will trouble! But you hey, you could buy platforms!
- There also a lot of things you need to think about like what are you going to wear, where are you going to put all your stuff? you’ve got to travel light in the pit!
- You won’t see all of the show if the performers move away from you. There are chances of just looking at their backs for entire songs! So you may need to look at screens. Be prepared for that.
- Because you’re closer to the stage you’ve got a higher chance of experiencing fanservice! And if you do then that’s going to make the concert even more special!
- But remember there’s no guarantee you’ll get fanservice! Be realistic and don’t make it the be all and end all of your concert experience.
- Best thing? You can go nuts in standing! Jump up and down like a crazy.
My personal opinion
Personally if you can afford it and your favourites are playing 2 days I would go for both sitting and standing! Try it at least once in your life!
If you can’t do both then I think for an overall experience of a concert GOOD seats close to the stage would be my first choice. There are so many unknown variables when it comes to standing I think sitting is just a more relaxing experience. So check out the seating plan and plot what seats you want to aim for.
Bonus: If they offer VIP tickets and give you access to sound checks. I recommend these highly! I don’t know how common these are in KPOP concerts but if you get them go.
Read part two of my guide here