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17 Feb 2010, 5:49 am

I wasn't sure where to put this, but I figured this is probably the best sub forum. Basically, I got a ticket to see Rage Against the Machine play in June, which is cool. I've never been to a concert before, though, and I'm wondering what are good preparations to make for someone with Asperger's. I know there will be lots of people around, but other than that, I'm unsure what to expect.

I'm not intending to socialise or anything. My ideal plan is to get in there, see the band play, and get out ASAP. I will need to use the London tube network, in addition to a quick train ride. Any advice you have is much appreciated.



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17 Feb 2010, 6:08 am

Have you ever used the underground before? It is very overwhelming, it's huge, busy and no one seems to care about anything other than what they are meant to be doing. I could help you out with a route if you like :) I have been to a few concerts and enjoyed them very much, I get into the music and everything else seems to vanish. Is it outdoors? My favorite was seeing Jack Johnson as it was outdoor and had a more relaxed, easy feeling too it and we could just sit anywhere. I took my kids who were 10, 8 and 18 mths (and saw even smaller babies there) and they loved it and I didn't feel I had to worry as they had space to run around. Sorry, getting off topic :D personally I would go to more concerts/live music if I could. For me it's the journey there and queuing I dislike and if it's very crowded and people touch me but I have been able to avoid that by waiting to leave until the crowds die down a little for example. Congrats on getting tickets :D



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17 Feb 2010, 7:06 am

You lucky devil! I missed out on tickets in my corner of the world, they sold out fast.

Depending on what your sensory tolerance is like, you might like to consider taking some ear plugs.



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17 Feb 2010, 1:20 pm

AutismMerch wrote:
ear plugs

Be careful you don't miss your train!


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17 Feb 2010, 8:05 pm

the big question is it a seated concert or a standing up concert with a mosh pit. that makes all the difference for me to help



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18 Feb 2010, 5:09 pm

i've been to about 3 concerts, all standing. a few suggestions:

It sounds silly, but make sure u don't smell of b.o. I made the mistake of rushing to a concert without showering, it can make you feel quite self-concious if u lift ur arm up and smell that smell when ur standing in a crowded area. Towards the end of the night i think people near me had distanced away to form a circle around me, don't blame em :lol:

Some alcohol can improve ur concert experience drastically, u sound as if u mite need it if u don't like being around crowds of people. Drinking some beer helps me stop feeling so stiff and self concious, and combined with loud music i love, i don't really give a damn about the people around me anymore. a great feeling!

If ur having trouble hearing certain instruments, don't hesitate to move around a bit. where ur standing can cometimes make a huge difference to the sound. also, if your so close to the speakers that when the music starts playing u can "feel" it, mite want to try and move back a bit. on one occassion i was standing almost at the barrier rite in front of a speaker, and at the end of the set, everything sounded pretty distorted. the lead guitar sounded like one constant whine lol. i suppose ear protection would help this problem, although i've never tried it out. also, try and get a space in the centre of the floor space for best sound balance.

hope this helps :)