As we head into festival season, it is highly likely that you will find yourself in the pit area at some point in the prime of the concert season. As an avid concert pit attendee, I’ve seen it all in terms of embarrassing moments, awkward situations, and filthy behavior. I realized that it would do others well to share some guidelines and suggestions on how to act appropriately while in the pit at a concert. Pass it along!
There’s a difference in having a good time, catching a good buzz, and acting belligerent and obnoxious. Don’t be “that” guy.
Be Aware Of The Space Around You
A packed-out pit isn’t the place to flaunt the routine you just learned in couples dance class. If you absolutely have to get your line-dance on, head to the back of the pit where there’s usually a bit more room, or opt for general admission seating altogether.
Control Your Bladder
If you know you’re going to be in the pit and your spot is not salvageable upon return from the restroom, then pace yourself. You can catch a restroom break after your favorite set. Whatever you do, please don’t release into an open top cup that will eventually pour all over everyone around you. GROSS.
Make Friends, Not Enemies
If you’re in the pit at a festival, you know that you’re both country music fans, so you at least have something in common with the person next to you. Don’t be shy! Strike up a conversation, or shoot them a friendly smile. The accidental elbow bump to the arm that will happen later has a better chance to be excused, and you might just make a new friend!
Please Don’t Smoke
Even though it’s outside, the mixture of the heat, sweat, and extra smoke is too much for those around you. Not to mention it’s not very safe. If you can’t hold back, then exit the area and take a break somewhere smoke-friendly and away from the crowds.
The pit isn’t the place for giant purses and over-stuffed backpacks. I get it, you need to be prepared, especially if it’s an all-day fest, but if you know you’re going to be crammed into the pit area, it’s rude to have oversized gear. Leave your luggage elsewhere.
Stop Talking During The Performance
The drama about your ex can wait until the show is over. And seriously, for the love of country music, don’t complain. Your legs are sore, your ears are ringing, etc. Enough. You are at a concert to have fun – enjoy it while it lasts, because it will be over before you know it.