WEAR PROPER ATTIRE
While being comfortable is important, I believe you should always dress to impress. You never know when you’re going to be meeting your future husband onstage or when he’s going to serenade you mid-concert. It’s important to be fashionable enough for any impromptu trips to Korea just in case you’re whisked away like you’ve always dreamed. If you’re a fan of cosplay you can always take the opportunity to dress up as your K-pop bias. You can use your concert experience as a chance to connect with other K-pop cosplayers. K-pop concerts will always be the one place you’re surrounded by people just as obsessed as you—and sometimes more.
BE COURTEOUS WITH FAN GEAR
Fan signs, banners, and light sticks are cute and all and it’s a great way to let artists know just how much you support them. However, to the people behind you, it’s the murder weapon they plan to kill you with for blocking their view the entire concert. Seriously though, where are you people getting this 3-hour arm strength to hold a sign for that long? Is there some secret K-pop training facility I’m not aware of that’s pumping out these super fans? Plus, as hard as you may have worked on your banner for oppa, nine times out of ten, he’s focusing on hitting those high notes and not forgetting his dance moves. The best time to start the banner and sign waving is when the talk sessions begin. This is the perfect time because not only are they not dancing but they also have a break to see and read signs clearly. Ultimately, it beats having the fan behind you bashing your head in with her camera because your giant sign ruined all her pictures. Just remember, as nice as the Big Bang light stick looks, it can also be used as a vicious weapon.
KNOW THE FAN CHANTS
It’s important you show up to concerts knowing all the necessary chants. Most international fandoms will have chants available for each song on the Internet while the more organized fans will pass them out the day of the concert. There are also a select few fandoms that will sponsor a special event just to show how much they care. The added bonus to this, besides making your bias feel loved, is that it encourages promoters to keep bringing acts overseas.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO RECORD ALL THOSE PRECIOUS MOMENTS OF YOU BIAS
Of course you want to immortalize all your precious moments with oppa but it may not be worth it. For one, with the number of fans present and the organization of most fandoms, it’s an almost guarantee that someone else with a better camera will have the entire concert uploaded in a matter of minutes after it’s over. Remember that shaky fancam you took? It just became entirely useless. Let’s also not forget the fact that performances rarely change from concert to concert, so there is really no sense in recording the entire show when someone at an earlier date posted the exact same thing on the Internet.
An added bonus, however, is that entertainment companies turn most concerts into DVDs and although they’re expensive, at least you get top-notch editing and extra features. I learned my lesson after going to Infinite‘s One Great Step L.A. show after recording for almost 3 hours straight – nothing beats just living in the moment of watching it live and not through a tiny camera screen. The next day shoulder pain is not the memory you want nor is the sound of your own tone deaf singing captured on your fancam.
If you’re extra lucky, you’ll get the chance to take part in a meet and greet before or after the concert. While this is a beautiful thing and something international fans rarely receive, there are a few key things to consider. First, this isn’t really an event to spend quality time with your idol. It’s usually a hello and goodbye situation sprinkled with the chance that you might be able to touch them. Washing your hands and showering is probably the most important thing to do that day.
Actually, it’s the least you can do. On extra special occasions you may even get a signature or picture to commemorate the moment. Remember, keep it short and simple and don’t forget to bring your wedding certificate to be signed and dated for quick entrapment.
THE PIT IS NO JOKE
So you’ve made it into the coveted pit. The pit is simultaneously the best and scariest place to be at a concert. On one hand, you’re the closest you will probably ever be to your bias, on the other; K-pop pits are notoriously filled with people who are batshit crazy. There have been cases of hair pulling, hair cutting (not sure why people are bringing scissors to concerts) not to forget all the pushing, shoving, and passing out that also occurs. Basically, anyone willing to pay $400+ for concert tickets is willing to do just about anything to get closer to their bias. Now horror stories aside, K-pop fans can be and are incredibly generous in some pits. They with trade spots with shorter fans, share things that may have gotten thrown into the crowd, and even look out for each other.
The other obvious benefits of the pit are the amazing artist interactions, like… getting spit on (if you’re into that), catching some sweaty towels (also if you’re into that). But the best part of the pit has to be being so close to your bias you can almost pull them off stage, which I do not recommend unless you have a well thought out escape plan.
K-pop concerts are quite possibly my favorite part of being a K-pop fan. Sure they cost an arm, a leg, and the souls of 1000 virgins but they’re also a rewarding experience. You end up meeting kick ass people who share your obsessive love and the best part of all, you get to see your favorite artist.