With today’s continuing technological advances, you can find music anywhere. Whether it’s Spotify, radio or the return of vinyls, we all have access to music in some form.
It’s easy to search a song on your phone, put your headphones in and block out everything around you, but imagine hearing that song live. You can literally feel the drum beats in your chest and hear a room full of fans singing that same song with you. It’s an experience.
Because of streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, an artist’s main source of income is touring and merchandise. Not only are you helping your favorite artist even more by going to the concert, you’re also leaving with tons of memories and a t-shirt to show everyone.
According to Time Magazine, music activates neurochemical systems and brain structures associated with positive mood, attention, memory and emotion regulation in ways that promote beneficial changes.
Think about it. Everyone has that one song or one artist they go to when they’re feeling any emotion, from happy to sad. We feel known when someone speaks what we’re feeling in a song.
When we hear that song live, not only do we get those feelings, but we get to experience it with our five senses.
We hear the music booming from the stage, we smell the cotton candy and popcorn being sold at the venue, we see thousands of fans singing along with us, we taste the food or drink we bought and we touch that shirt we bought with our favorite artist on it.
The next time we listen to that song, it won’t be anything like before because the entire experience will come flooding back to us. I mean, how cool is it to be in the same room as your favorite singer?
Music is a universal language, and concerts unite us. It’s one of the only places where thousands, sometimes millions, of people come together for one common purpose.
The next time that you’re debating buying those concert tickets, do it. You won’t regret it. They’re not always cheap, but it’s so worth it.
Grab your friends and go to your favorite show, big venue or small. You won’t forget the night you sang your favorite song at the top of your lungs or when you caught your favorite guitarist’s pick. Concerts are an experience of a lifetime.