How to Survive a Widespread Panic Concert

By Contributing Writer ; Updated September 15, 2017

Widespread Panic is a southern rock jam band that is famous for its unique and exciting concerts. Fans from all lifestyles gather and leave their inhibitions in the parking lot as they prepare for an unforgettable experience.

How to be a Spreadhead

Listen to Widespread Panic music before going to the show. Purchase or borrow CDs like Ain't Life Grande, Bombs and Butterflies and the band's self-titled disc before even purchasing the tickets. Download concerts to get a feel for the band's style and somewhat know what expect.

Plan to go to the concert with a friend who has seen the band before. He/she will be able to guide you through the sea of fans to get a premiere spot to watch and listen to the band. Your friend should also be able to tell you what song the band is playing so you know what you're listening to.

Stretch your muscles and wear comfortable clothes. Almost everyone in the concert will be dancing from beginning to end and if you want to fully experience the show you should as well. For guys, t-shirts, jeans and flip-flops are recommended. Many women choose to wear flowing skirts and comfortable tops. This is not a fashion show and if you dress like it you'll be uncomfortable and not feel like a true fan.

Don't stare at the interesting people you will see. Many Widespread Panic fans dress unusual, like 'hippies' and done long deadlocks and beards. Their clothing may be handmade and some might not even smell very fresh. If you want to enjoy yourself, don't be intimidated or uptight about the appearance of others.

Sing along if you know the songs. Dance if you feel like it. Don't be afraid of what others might think about any unusual action you feel like doing. To truly experience the concert, you need to do more than just listen to the music, you should feel it.

Write down the songs you recognize during the show. You will probably not get all of them, but you'll be able to share what you've recorded with other fans wrote down and get a deeper appreciation for the band. Watch for other fans writing down notes on small notepads, they are jotting down songs and will probably be able to tell you when the last time the band played that song live. Connecting with other fans is a big part of enjoying the show.

Tip

Walk around the parking lot outside the concert venue before the show starts. You will get a chance to meet unusual people and purchase the goods they are peddling.