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Jeff Robinson, Josh Gigantelli | Alive After Tomorrow Insomniacs Bar New Port Richey, FL 9/6/14 photo by Ashley Arpin 

 

Jeff Robinson, Josh Gigantelli | Alive After Tomorrow
Insomniacs Bar
New Port Richey, FL
9/6/14

photo by Ashley Arpin 

 
Jeff Robinson, Jacob Merkley, Josh Gigantelli | Alive After Tomorrow Insomniacs Bar New Port Richey, FL 9/6/14 photo by Ashley Arpin 

 

Jeff Robinson, Jacob Merkley, Josh Gigantelli | Alive After Tomorrow
Insomniacs Bar
New Port Richey, FL
9/6/14

photo by Ashley Arpin 

 
Jason Liston | Soma Riot Insomniacs Bar New Port Richey, FL 9/6/14 photo by Ashley Arpin

 

Jason Liston | Soma Riot
Insomniacs Bar
New Port Richey, FL
9/6/14

photo by Ashley Arpin

Soma Riot by Ashley Arpin Photography on Flickr.
Tristan Jarvis | Soma Riot Insomniacs Bar New Port Richey, FL 9/6/14 photo byAshley Arpin

Soma Riot by Ashley Arpin Photography on Flickr.

Tristan Jarvis | Soma Riot
Insomniacs Bar
New Port Richey, FL
9/6/14

photo byAshley Arpin

 
Tristan Javis | Soma Riot Insomniacs Bar New Port Richey, FL 9/6/14 photo by Ashley Arpin 

 

Tristan Javis | Soma Riot
Insomniacs Bar
New Port Richey, FL
9/6/14

photo by Ashley Arpin 

 
Alex Delvecchio | Soma Riot Insomniacs Bar New Port Richey, FL 9/6/14 photo by Ashley Arpin 

 

Alex Delvecchio | Soma Riot
Insomniacs Bar
New Port Richey, FL
9/6/14

photo by Ashley Arpin 

 
Kevin Schnell | Black Stone Gems Insomniacs Bar New Port Richey, FL 9/6/14 photo by Ashley Arpin

 

Kevin Schnell | Black Stone Gems
Insomniacs Bar
New Port Richey, FL
9/6/14

photo by Ashley Arpin

Logan Caputo | Five Year Plan
Insomniacs Bar New Port Richey, FL 9/6/14 photo by Ashley Arpin 

Logan Caputo | Five Year Plan

Insomniacs Bar
New Port Richey, FL
9/6/14

photo by Ashley Arpin 

HBB Team: Meet Allison

Allison Lawrence

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Florence, AL

HBB Blogger

Top Three Artists: Demi Lovato, The Maine, and 5SOS

First Concert: Well, I break that down into two categories. The first arena tour I attended was The Jonas Brothers in 2009. But the first “underground” type tour I attended was later in 2009. Boys Like Girls headlined OP Tour. I saw them play that in Nashville, TN.

Facts: I LOVE traveling. When I was 16, I went on a 3 week long trip to Europe (Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and France). I’m going back over there again next summer. Uhm, Halloween is my favorite time of year.

I like blogging for HBB because it gives me an outlet to express my thoughts about bands, tours, and the industry. It also helps me spread the word about random bands our readers may not know about.

Links:

allisonbrooke93.tumblr.com

www.twitter.com/AllisonBrooke93

instagram.com/AllisonBrooke93

HBB BUZZ | Concert Check List

By: Allie Norris

There comes a time in every concert-goer’s life where they fail to bring something vital with them. I’ve been there, and it really sucks! I have compiled a checklist of everything that you should ever consider bringing to your show! Consider this as merely a suggestion. Not every item will apply to you as a person or to the show you’re attending.

A bag

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I usually bring either a drawstring bag or my purse, depending on the concert. If bringing a drawstring bag, include a plastic baggie (a snack size will do, a sandwich bag at most) to store small things in OR sew in a pocket! My absolute favorite drawstring bag came with a zipper pocket attached to the opening, and it is truly a life savor when it comes to storing anything you could lose inside your bag.

Concert ticket

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You would think that I wouldn’t have to remind you, but I’ve seen it happen. I’m sure it happens at every show, too. Some venues will print you a new ticket if you can prove your identity and pay a fee. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep your ticket in its envelope and in a safe place until at least the night before.

Fully charged phone

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Your phone battery runs down FAST at concerts! Charge it in the car on the way there so that you’re at 100% upon arrival. Turn your phone on Airplane Mode or turn it off to ensure the battery will last you all night. If you’re one of those people whose battery dies in an hour, use these tricks to keep it as full as possible.

        -Bring entertainmentA deck of cards is no bigger than your phone. You can also bring an old iPod to entertain you. Talking to your neighbors is always fun as well AND you meet new friends. Even your GameBoy or Nintendo DS will keep you occupied. Just don’t bring your entire game collection.

       -Point-and-shoot camera. Using a camera for pictures and videos instead of your phone can keep your battery alive all night for other things. Point and shoot cameras today are better quality for a cheaper price. Mine takes AMAZING zoomed in photos and was under $200. They’re also allowed in venues without a photo pass!

       -Portable charger. Mophie cases and chargers that run on a rechargeable battery are starting to skyrocket in the market these days because we’re so attached to our phones. My friend’s portable charger saved my life on Warped Tour when it wasn’t even 2:00 and I had 10% battery life.

Water Bottle and snack

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Even though 95% of venues do not allow you to bring your own water bottle and 100% have good food nearby, you’re sometimes stuck in that line for what feels like centuries. After that, you’re stuck in a crowd for the next four to five hours. Venues always have trashcans strategically placed either near the entrance or just inside.  Bringing a water bottle and a non-perishable snack with you to eat while in line will help you stay energized and save your money from the Chipotle down the street. Another set in the car will be a nice treat for after the show.

 Cash

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Nowadays, lots of merch tables accept credit cards. However, there are some that haven’t quite caught up with the 21st century. Bring enough cash to cover the merch you want! Prices usually run as follows: CDs:$5-10; T-Shirts: $20-30 (tour shirts cost $5 more); Pullovers and hoodies: $40-45; Accessories and Posters: $5-20. Try to look up the merch selection beforehand (Tumblr tags and Twitter are your friends here) and bring enough to cover what you want. This also helps you from overspending.

 Empty paper towel roll

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I see you all giving me those weird looks through your computer screens, but trust me on this one! We’re all a little too old to be bringing our moms and dads to shows to hold our stuff at the bar. If you’re in VIP or plan on buying a poster, bring one of these! Roll your poster up, stick it inside, and come home with a crisp, unbent poster! If you plan on buying a bigger poster, bring two!

Hair tie

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Ideally, you should come to shows with your hair already up. However, some shows are milder and some of us like to do our hair to look nicer. Make sure you bring a hair tie with you, either in your bag or on your wrist. GUYS TOO! It gets hot FAST in those venues, and you need to keep your hair off the back of your neck so you don’t overheat.

Sunscreen

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If you plan on camping out in line all day or the show is outside, bring sunscreen! You can buy travel-sized bottles at places like the grocery store, the drug store, Target, Walmart, and even the Dollar Store! They only cost about a dollar.

Small umbrella or Rain Poncho

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Unless you’re 1,000% sure that it won’t rain, bring one or the other! Poncho is better for outdoor concerts while a small umbrella that folds up is nice to bring into the venue if it plans on pouring. If it’s supposed to rain before entering the venue, bring a plastic bag as well so that your wet protection doesn’t damage anything else in your bag.

Chapstick

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Whether you’re allowed to kiss band members on the cheek or not, your lips can get dry from all the heat inside the pit. Keep your lips moisturized because no one wants to stare at your cracked lips!

Deodorant and/or perfume

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If you plan on meeting band members and want to not smell like you just ran ten miles, throw a travel-sized deodorant or perfume bottle into your bag. Make sure you’re willing to share the wealth with your friends!

Something to be signed

If your heart so desires, bring something you want the band to sign. It shouldn’t be any bigger than a t-shirt! Leave the poster on your wall and the CD case at home or in the car (just bring the booklet instead).

Sharpies

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You’d be surprised how many band members actually don’t carry Sharpies with them! In a formal meet and greet setting where autographs are allowed, band members will each have their own Sharpies in anticipation for that moment. When being crowded after shows, most will end up asking you if you have a Sharpie. Make sure you bring the appropriate Sharpie. Black works on almost anything, but if the item is black or a darker color, bring a metallic colored Sharpie. Ideally, bring both! 

 Earplugs

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This one is a personal choice. I personally do not bring them with me, but it’s something you should think about because they’ll preserve your hearing.

8.30.14 by Jacki Rose Photography on Flickr.
Will Jay | IM5 The Space - Hamden, CT August 30, 2014 photo by Jacki Elkodsi

8.30.14 by Jacki Rose Photography on Flickr.

Will Jay | IM5
The Space - Hamden, CT
August 30, 2014
photo by Jacki Elkodsi

8.30.14 by Jacki Rose Photography on Flickr.
Dana Vaughns | IM5 The Space - Hamden, CT August 30, 2014 photo by Jacki Elkodsi

8.30.14 by Jacki Rose Photography on Flickr.

Dana Vaughns | IM5
The Space - Hamden, CT
August 30, 2014
photo by Jacki Elkodsi

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8.30.14 by Jacki Rose Photography on Flickr.
David Scarzone | IM5 The Space - Hamden, CT August 30, 2014 photo by Jacki Elkodsi

8.30.14 by Jacki Rose Photography on Flickr.

David Scarzone | IM5
The Space - Hamden, CT
August 30, 2014
photo by Jacki Elkodsi

8.30.14 by Jacki Rose Photography on Flickr.
IM5 The Space - Hamden, CT August 30, 2014 photo by Jacki Elkodsi

8.30.14 by Jacki Rose Photography on Flickr.

IM5
The Space - Hamden, CT
August 30, 2014
photo by Jacki Elkodsi