Guide to staying safe at concerts


Graphic Marygrace Sarrasin and Jula Utzschneider

Opinion Editor Jula Utzschneider and Assistant A&E Editor Marygrace Sarrasin put together a guide with five steps for concert safety.

In the last few weeks, a lot has happened in the world of concert-going. The Astroworld Festival tragedy has raised various questions about crowd safety at large-scale concerts, and fans at a recent Harry Styles concert have voiced concerns about staying safe from other attendees.

Obviously, you shouldn’t have to worry about this and should instead be able to focus on having fun at concerts. However, these recent events suggest we all need to think about staying safe as well.

So, here’s our guide to staying safe while still being able to go to the shows you love:


This is probably the most important rule. It is necessary to go with at least one other person (but ideally a larger group), and stick together at all times.

2. Keep your phone charged, and always let someone know where you are

If something does happen at the event (or if you just want someone to pick you up), you need to have a phone ready to call. It may be a good idea to bring a portable charger with you as well, just in case.

3. Know your exits and be aware of your surroundings

Be sure you are able to locate where you are standing in the building, stadium, etc. Take note of where your closest exits are! Along with that, remember where your car is parked, and try to avoid wandering around dark parking lots or parking garages late at night.  

4. Don’t accept drinks or food from strangers 

This may seem like common sense, but never, ever accept something from strangers. If you can, bring a water bottle to stay hydrated, but if not, only purchase beverages and food from the vendors themselves and nobody else. 

5. Locate police officers/security guards if needed 

Don’t be afraid to speak up! If you feel unsafe, let someone know or simply leave. It’s much better to miss out on an event than to later regret staying because of something that occurred.

In a perfect world, you could focus on having fun rather than where the nearest exits are. Unfortunately, in our current state, this is unrealistic. Go to your concerts and have fun, but stay aware and keep these tips in mind.

Stay safe everyone!