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#1 Kell

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 11:37 AM

Has anyone ever taken their child to a rock concert and if so how old were they etc?

Finns been to the wiggles at Rod Laver! But I mean aside from that, I mean rock concerts, music concerts.

He is 5 and REALLY into music in a big way, he always has been (and the kid has the most AMAZING taste tongue.gif ) and I reckon he would really love it. I considered taking him to the powderfinger/silverchair thing but I THINK from memory it said not to bring kids...

Now i know this is a bit... full on... but - Finn absolutely LOVES Greenday (i know he ROCKS) - and I'd take him in a second, my only concerns are the volume and the swearing. He knows there are some words adults say that kids cant and he watches the greenday DVD with me (even though I fret over the bad language parts - f word only)... And theres always earplugs.

What age IS okay to take a kid to a rock concert?!

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#2 Swarles Barkley

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 11:45 AM

interesting question Kell.

I was never into music as a child, neither was my mum, so we never went. But when i went to a concert a while back, i was suprised by the amount of young kids there.

I guess if you feel he would enjoy it (and it sounds like he would) i would take him, but definatly be in a seated area. I guess ring ticketek and see what they say about kids, i know some concerts are over 18 only.
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#3 Kell

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 11:53 AM

Thats a good point. And we could always do what we did as kids when Mum wanted to "hear" Bruce Springsteen at the showgrounds - sit outside the venue and listen in!!!! But yes absolutely sitting and fair way back was what I envisaged.
"Okay Mum, so if we can't find it at THIS place... Screw it!! Right?!"
"You use twitter Mama, so that must make youuuu... a twit?" Finn, 5
"Show Dadda your dance Mama! I like it when people laugh at you!" Finn, 5
J: Carrying a baby is the most special thing you can do! Finn:"Yeah... Except for having a sausage sizzle at my school!"


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#4 Swarles Barkley

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 11:56 AM

lol, i suppose you could always hang out in the foyer, but not as much fun!
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 12:04 PM


I guess it's all personal opinion and parenting.

Personally I think 5 is way too young for a child to attend a rock concert such as Greenday, Silverchair, Powderfinger, etc. Rock Concerts are no place for children IMO.

Not only is the language an issue, just because they hear it doesn't mean they will repeat it (as you said your son knows not to repeat bad language) but also there's the issue of the atmosphere ie. drinking, drunken behaviour, crowd control etc.

My daughter is 12 and I wouldn't let her attend John Trio Butler concert with us (although that was an outdoor concert, a bit different to an inside concert I guess dry.gif )


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Posted 17 November 2008 - 12:04 PM

I've been in seating areas for heavy metal concerts and it's been quite tame. If yourself and your DH both went and had him seated between you both then I think he would be fine, I defiantely would not take him in general admission for hard rock or heavier - I'm quite small and managed to get pushed, feet stepped on etc so I imagine that would be scary for a young kid.

Festivals should be ok, they usually have to moshpit really close, then the standing crowd with everyone standing really close together, then the more spread out standing area - as long as you keep at a good eye on him he should be fine.

But as April said good idea to ring ticketek first and make sure it will be ok for kids to go.

ETA - Earplugs are good idea as well, even if in seating, DH has horrible hearing from years of playing music and going to concerts.
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#7 Kell

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 12:13 PM

God no moshpit/GA is not for kids. its not for most adults!!!!!

I like the idea of sitting outside actually laugh.gif Not quite the same but maybe for this age with the hearing etc... I dont think all rock concerts have that drinking/ crowd control issue. Most the ones I have been to have been pretty tame and I have been to some heavier stuff (tool etc). He might be a bit young though still. Have to think about it, maybe in a few years!
"Okay Mum, so if we can't find it at THIS place... Screw it!! Right?!"
"You use twitter Mama, so that must make youuuu... a twit?" Finn, 5
"Show Dadda your dance Mama! I like it when people laugh at you!" Finn, 5
J: Carrying a baby is the most special thing you can do! Finn:"Yeah... Except for having a sausage sizzle at my school!"


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