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Concerts coming to Pittsburgh this year and KO’s reaction

People find entertainment in many areas such as movies, site-seeing, and concerts. While not the most important city on entertainers’ lists, Pittsburgh is home to many shows that sell out quickly. Ticketmaster showed many concerts available up until the end of summer, so many of the students decided to discuss what they would want to see throughout 2017.
Last year, The 1975 sold out both of their show dates back-to-back, and they have decided to come back again this spring for another round. Many students say they plan on buying tickets to see them at Stage AE, and it was the most popular amongst the students when taking a poll of who they would most likely go see perform.
Other shows that seem to be popular among the students in the school were The Chainsmokers, Sam Hunt, and Mumford and Sons. Senior Tiffani Hess is most excited to see The 1975, as well as Chance the Rapper. As a person who has seen everyone from The Neighbourhood at Stage AE for general admission, to Justin Bieber at the PPG Paints Arena for set seating, she knows all about concerts. Hess likes going in the spring and fall the most because it is not too hot or too cold for waiting outside before the show starts.
“Some people become too dehydrated in the summer because of the heat, and attempting to stay warm in the winter can be a hassle when there’s no place to keep your belongings at a general admission concert,” she said.
General admission concerts are not Hess’ favorite, but the cheaper prices make up for the hassle of being squished when trying to see your favorite artist. She wishes that more artists were coming to concert this year because it’s exciting to see music live, and was hoping to see Little Mix open for Ariana Grande in Pittsburgh. She plans to attend at least one show this year, as it is one of her favorite hobbies.
“Seeing somebody perform music that means a lot to you live takes you to a whole other world. The memories from the experience stay with you forever, and I highly recommend seeing somebody you’re passionate about.”
To her, concerts are such a fun and exhilarating experience that everyone should do at least once.
Other students, like sophomore Sarah Koropal, would not mind the heated weather because Shawn Mendes is having a show here this August. Freshman Jeramie Welch would prefer to see Green Day, which takes place during the colder month of March.
As far as venues, Senior Kelli Slogan has seen many different concerts at Stage AE, and prefers that venue to others.
“I like how the seating is general admission, and there's a chance for you to pick how close you want to be,” Slogan said.
Senior Courtney Brown also prefers general admission because of the cheaper ticket prices, and tickets are typically harder to find when they aren’t the same for everyone.
“If I had actual seating, then I would have to buy the tickets immediately. Sometimes I dont have the money, but if I have general admission, I can buy a ticket. I can make sure I get there early for a good seat,” Brown said.
Rachel Chormanski, however, feels that venues that have tickets for certain seats make it easier for the experience because the seats are ready for you, as waiting outside seems to be more stressful.
It seems that students here at Keystone Oaks are open to what time of the year it is, and where they go, but only conscientious of who the act is. They are all eager to see who else schedules a tour date here in steel city, but for now, the names from The Chainsmokers to Sam Hunt flourish around many groups of students.
If you’re interested in seeing somebody this year, Panic! At The Disco and the Bad Suns are who a choice amount of students are seeing this winter. Popular this spring, The Lumineers, The Chainsmokers, The 1975, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Mumford and Sons seem to have a large number of people wanting to buy tickets. This summer, the hot names are Bruno Mars, Sam Hunt, and Shawn Mendes, all coming to Pittsburgh. Ticketmaster will be all the rave this year, as Pittsburgh gets ready for another year for hit artists to perform.

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