The author Debasish Mridha once said, “Music can heal the wounds which medicine cannot touch.” In this world, music is so treasured and loved for a reason. It’s scientifically proven that music is good for your mind, body and soul. But just think of how significant the benefits of music can be when heard live!
Going to a concert can be an overwhelming prospect, but if you do your research and preparation, it can be one of the best experiences of your life. I recently went to my first ever concert and saw the indie artist Rex Orange County, popularly known for his hit songs ‘Pluto Projector’ and ‘Best Friend.’ I first discovered Rex’s music in 6th grade, and over the years he has become my favorite artist, so I was really excited to get a chance to see him live. Overall, it was an incredible show, and I can confidently say that hearing music live is a very different experience than listening to tunes through your AirPods.
Firstly, just like with any music—going to concerts has its health benefits. According to Yahoo News, “Studies have shown that listening to music before, during and after surgery has an analgesic effect on patients. The same holds true for people who attend concerts, says Dr. Steven Eisenberg, an oncologist, hematologist and internal medicine specialist based near San Diego. When you're excited at a concert, your brain releases endorphins, neurotransmitters that block pain. “Listening to the music you love can increase your pain threshold,” says Eisenberg, who is known as “The Singing Doctor” because he writes songs for people living with cancer.” Live music is also proven to lower stress levels and create a sense of community and connection with other human beings. Not to mention, you’ll probably get lots of exercise at a concert while jumping and dancing to the music.
Being at a concert is an event that you’ll have memories of forever, because while experiencing live music is not something tangible, the effects are lasting; with photos and videos, you can look back years later and remember how much fun you had. Another sake from going to a concert is forming new friendships or relationships. Flypaper: Soundfly's says, “Live music is, by nature, a shared experience. When you enter a venue to see an artist, you automatically find yourself in a group of people you have something in common with. The lights and the noise of the world outside the venue dim and for that moment, all that matters is you and the people in this room, singing and dancing along to your favorite songs.” Friendships can bloom at a concert; lifelong connections can be made, and if you go with a parent or a group of friends, you’ll have someone with whom you can reminisce. Concerts bring people together, and that’s such a special thing, especially with all the isolation over the past few years.
If you are planning to go to a concert, you should research the venue that it’s being held at beforehand to find out information about seating arrangements, bag requirements, and safety protocols. Be aware of your surroundings when you’re there so that you can have a safe and comfortable night. And most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself and don’t stress! Feel the energy and excitement in the air, and let the magic begin!