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Going Abroad for a Gig Guide: At the Event

Getting in and getting out - where is this gig?

OK, so you've mad it from the UK to the country you're going to and checked in at your hotel… now it's time to go to the event …Remember … check the conditions of entry and don't take anything you think they won't allow. The staff and signage may only be in the local language, they may not understand you.

We've split this into 2 sections - Reserved Seating & Festival Seating (General Admission)

Reserved Seating …

If you have a reserved seating ticket and the show doors open at 6.30pm don't turn up at midday and wait in the queue … you already have your allocated seat so go and enjoy the city and country that you are visiting. Arrive in time to find the correct entrance, make it through the security checks and find your seat… remembering that all the signage will be in the local language and it may take a little longer than normal.

If you drove to the venue, make sure you remember where you leave your vehicle in relation to the venue. Pick a point on the outside of the venue as your meeting place for after the event. Remember you may exit from a different place to your entry.

On entering the venue designate another clear meeting place inside just in case you get split from your group (if you are in one), look for the nearest toilets, concession stands, first aid points and emergency exits to your seats. If you want to buy any merchandise do it before or during the show, you're likely to get caught in the queues on the way out if you've not already been asked to leave by the venue staff.

Festival Seating (General Admission)

If you have a festival seating/general admission ticket it is more than likely that you will want to go to the venue early and queue so that you can get a 'good' spot when the doors open. Different venues have different queuing policies and arrangements… some better than others.

If you drove to the venue, make sure you remember where you leave your vehicle in relation to the venue. Pick a point on the outside of the venue as your meeting place for after the event. Remember you may exit from a different place to your entry.

Check before you enter the queuing system whether the stewards/security will take part of your ticket and that you will be allowed to exit the queue and return. Some venues will tear the ticket stub on entry and not allow you to exit and re-enter once torn. If this is the case then before queuing ask what facilities are provided for the queue, (2, 3 or 4 hours of queuing is a long time) are their toilets available and concession stands for food and beverage before having your ticket torn? If nothing is provided think twice about queuing and ask yourself why bother?

If you are allowed to exit and re-enter, yet no facilities are provided, you may wish to find the nearest toilets, concessions stands or shops available for you to use before entering the queue.

You may also want to ask how many people they will let into your queue.

Always tell the security/steward if you are leaving the queue as it may help when returning to your place. Some fans are notoriously territorial and some may think that you are 'jumping the queue' on your return, especially if they cannot understand you. A smattering of the local language will help you here as you can get some rapport going with others in the queue; people might then help each other out by keeping places when you need to nip off to the loo and vice versa!

Take adequate refreshments with you if you plan to queue for a long time. Most venues will not allow food from outside the venue or bottles and cans to be admitted, however if you are going to be queuing outside the venue you may be allowed some of the foil pouch type drinks and some sandwiches etc.

On entering the venue designate another clear meeting place inside just in case you get split from your group (if you are in one), look for the nearest toilets, concession stands, first aid points and emergency exits to you.

 
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At the Event
Going Abroad for a Gig Guide Index
Part 2. Tickets and Accommodation
You really need to make sure of this one
Part 3. Travelling abroad
Air travel, car rentals, public transport and taxis
Part 4. Passports and Visas
Make sure that you have this sorted
Part 5. Travel and Health
Be wise, be safe, take care
Part 6. Money
Keep your hard earned cash safe and know what to use where and how
Part 7. Speak the Language
Learn some basics to get by - could pay dividends and you might make new pals
Part 8. At the Event
Getting in and getting out - where is this gig?

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