If you’re really missing out on the experience of attending a concert, you’re not alone.
In the meantime, here are some suggestions on how to help fill the live music-shaped hole in your heart:
To start, support your favorite bands by buying merch from them like t-shirts, sweatshirts or albums.
Stream a virtual concert from a band or artist you’re a fan of.
Make a bucket list of bands, tours or music festivals you’d like to see when live shows finally make their return.
Buy a ticket to a drive-in concert near you.
Blast live albums to get that concert vibe wherever you are.
Support local music venues you frequent by donating funds or purchasing merch so they can survive the closures.
Go on YouTube to watch live videos of past tours you attended or wish you did.
Make a playlist on Spotify, Apple Music or on another music streaming service and have your own concert at home.
Get moving and have a dance party to the discography of the band of your choosing.
If you’re a gamer, get creative by creating a concert setting or attending a virtual fest on platforms like Minecraft or Animal Crossing.
Learn how to play a song from a band you can’t stop listening to.
Or memorize the lyrics to a track you can’t get out of your head.
Have your own karaoke night and belt out those lyrics like there’s no tomorrow.
Collect old tickets, set lists and other mementos from shows you’ve attended and put them on display using a pinboard or shadowbox.
Reminisce on your fondest concert days by rewatching video recordings, looking at old photos and sharing stories of the good old times.
Rock your favorite band tee around the house.
Watch the musical guest appearances on late-night talk shows like Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Consider attending a “space bubble” concert like the one thrown by the Flaming Lips in January 2021.
Finally, remember the fact that you’ve saved a ton of money not buying that seriously overpriced beer or cocktail at the venue.
What do you miss most about concerts? Let us know in the comments below!