While it might not feel like it weather-wise, let me tell you some good news: It’s almost concert season. Let me repeat that: the festivals are coming. Almost all the huge festivals have announced their lineups (like Gov Ball, to name one) and tours are being released almost daily. Time to get going!
How do you pick and choose what to go to though? With festivals usually averaging you at least $300 a weekend, it’s time to make your money work for you, and ultimately, you’re going to have to make some hard choices. Who are you going to see? Who doesn’t make the cut? How do you effectively plan your concert season?
How to plan your concert season
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed by your options. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you this is the foolproof way to ensure you do everything you want to do this spring – but it’s my method to the madness of jam-packing the concert season with fun.
Find your favorites and mark them out on your calendar.
Is there someone you can’t stop listening to? A crutch you use for whenever someone asks you to put on music? Someone you send your friends, “OMG, XYZ released a new track?” Find out if they’re coming to your city, and mark it down on your calendar as soon as you know!
It’s an easy and foolproof way to plan your concert season; you ensure you won’t get FOMO because you totally forgot they were coming in February and, whoops, it’s now April. I usually have five to ten of these a season, but don’t necessarily make it to all of them, depending on my budgeting and traveling.
Decide on your big investments (festivals).
This one is key and is also a component of finding your favorites as well. Are five of the people you’re obsessed with performing at Bonnaroo this year? Maybe it doesn’t make sense to go to all of their individual shows, and instead make a lump festival purchase. It’s also where you have the chance to see someone you maybe wouldn’t pay for. That’s how you discover some of your new favorite artists!
The key is planning ahead.
If you have all your shows marked out, you’re in a good spot. It’s probably the most important part of trying to plan your concert season. Knowing the week before, or week of, what you’re going to during the weekend is awesome. It can build a little anticipation and help you decide what to spend on (or if you should reeeeally go out Thursday, considering you have shows Friday and Saturday).
Jukely offers an awesome membership plan called “extended view” that lets you view and claim spots further out than the standard plan, and can save you some serious cash and FOMO.
Go with the flow! Discover new artists.
This is the best part – if your plans get derailed, who cares? Embrace going with the flow, and if your favorite artist’s show sells out, why not try something new? You never know when you’ll find your next favorite artist, and the only way you can find that is by trying new things.
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Go out tonight, and any night. Jukely is a concert subscription that gives members guestlist access to hundreds of music events – for one price. Whenever you want to go out, you’ll always have something to do. Learn more and sign up at jukely.com.