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July 19th, 2005

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Ok, I'm really unsure about posting this as I usually just leave the posts up to people that have exciting things to say. Anyway, I remember awhile ago there was a post about general admission and I remember a bunch of people talking about their horrible experiences, immediately regretting that I'd gotten GA tickets. However, I'm intending to put it to best use and suffer a few cracked ribs or whatnot if I have to.

I was just wondering if there were any guidelines or tips that I should know about by way of.... survival?
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Date:July 19th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
I was in GA and had an absolutely perfect time. I don't even have any survival tips for you, because none were needed. The only thing I would say is that you should get there MUCH earlier than you think you need to -- we queued up at 8am and, while we didn't get into the ellipse, we were RIGHT up against the rail and I accidentally got a fabulous photo of Bono's ass. lol

Good luck!
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Date:July 19th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
i've not done the ga lineup...well, i did, but i could come and go freely as i had reserved seats, and my friends had ga. take food. portable food like bananas, almonds, mandrin oranges are fantastic for bringing your blood sugar up in a hurry with no crashing like white sugar. lots of water until about two hours before show time then cut back...you can usually leave lineup to go pee, and peop;le will save your spot, but not usually so in the concert itsself from what i've heard. just make sure you eat and drink or you'll pass out at the show and miss it all

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Date:July 19th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
I agree, get there early not for the chance of the ellipse (it doesn't make much of a difference with the random lottery) but for a prime up against the fence space. and be ready to PUSH BACK. I don't mean shoving and all that, but once U2 takes the stage there is a palpable shift of about 10,000 people all instantly pushing up against the barriers. if you're right up front you have to be strong not to let people squeeze in beside you and ultimately in front of you. I'd also recommend making friends with the people in line around you (if you get there early it's pretty much impossible NOT to be friends...) offer water and magazines and things so that once you get in the arena, you guys will all look out for each other. this made my time in LA a million times better, because if someone had to go to the bathroom during the opening act your little posse would keep your space and help you when you tried to navigate the crowds back to your spot. good luck :)
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Date:July 20th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
i had GA tix in Chicago, and it was amazing. i didnt have any problems at all. got there around 2:00pm and was 3rd row from the outside of the ellipse dead center. great experience. also, feel free to make friends in line, i ended up getting a bunch of email addys and such.

oh, and one word of advice, if someone tries to nudge you over ever so slightly, DONT BUDGE, cuz then they realize that they can just shift you over somewhere. but its still totally worth it. :) :)
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Date:July 20th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)

if someone tries to nudge you over ever so slightly, DONT BUDGE, cuz then they realize that they can just shift you over somewhere.

I second this. People were constantly trying to muscle their way through at the second Twickenham show even though we had virtually no breathing space to begin with, and we just had to be stubborn and hold them back. (One girl even begged me to move aside and let her onto the rail as well. I sympathise and all, but I didn't queue up for 16 hours to let some random lazier person talk me out of my spot.)  I let myself get barged aside at the first show, and whilst it wasn't such a big deal on that occasion, I did think it was rude and I was determined not to put up with any such crap on the second night. Remember, you have the right to protect your ribs!
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Date:July 20th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
1. Get there early..I was at Philly by 7:30am and I was on the rail
2. EAT to keep your blood sugar up
3. Wear layers as you are outside waiting
4. Bring a book
5. Make friends -- people around you on the GA line are awesome
6. drink fluids (water and gatorade) too...but stop drinking anything by 3pm and then PEE!
7. You'll get to bring your stuff back to your car and get back in line.
8. Bring - chair, cooler (with food and beverages), cameras, sunglasses, umbrella (in case it rains), blanket in case it gets cool, books or magazines to read
9. Once you make it to 1pm...the day starts to fly.
10 ENJOY IT - I loved being in GA that I am doing it again on the tour
Date:July 21st, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
I have a better idea sell the tickets to a 13 yr old fan who is crazy for U2!

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