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  • Writer's pictureKristin Guglietti

Enduring concert injuries

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Previously, I wrote about being sick with a sinus infection. I’m happy to report the sinus infection is gone and now I’m suffering with seasonal allergies. Hooray!

However, instead of writing a boring column about a runny nose I’m going to discuss injuries I have endured during concerts.

On February 17, 2024, Neck Deep, a Welsh pop punk band, performed at the Franklin Music Hall (formerly known as the Electric Factory) in Philadelphia.

Drain, an American hardcore band, was one of the openers and during one of the songs I joined a circle pit with a bunch of men three times my size and I fell down. I’m 5 ft. 4 in. tall and weigh less than 100 lbs. for reference, so I’m tiny. However, that didn’t stop me from joining in on the fun.

I landed on my elbow, which hurt enough to the point I walked myself to the medic room towards the front of the entrance to get some ice and pain medication.

Luckily, it was only a bruise, however, it still hurt a lot. I took it easy for the remainder of the show.

Since it was cold out, no one noticed the large bruise on my elbow because it was hidden underneath my sweatshirt. Today the bruise is gone, but I’m still wearing my sweatshirt since the weather is chilly.

There was another time during a Sad Summer Festival at The Mann Center in Philadelphia where I was dropped while crowd surfing.

Normally, I assess where I am to make sure there’s no open areas where I could potentially be dropped.

However, this time the people below me created an open area by backing away, so I fell down.

I landed on my back in the grass, so it didn’t hurt too badly. I was just annoyed at the crowd because most people are supposed to look out for crowd surfers so they don’t drop, but not everyone has the same concert etiquette especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most recently, a toenail surgery prevented me from going out to Sad and Boujee’s Dad Rock night on March 30, so instead I watched my friends have fun on their Instagram stories.

However, once I am fully healed I will be going out again.

Later this year I will be 30 and I’m starting to feel it in my bones. Whereas before I could stay up all night, now I like to be asleep at 11 p.m.

Some people might think I’m too old for concerts, however, that’s not true at all.

Maybe too old to recover quickly from injuries, but not too old to enjoy great bands with other music lovers.

We are currently in the spring/summer concert season, so there’s lots of fun shows coming soon.

Tell me people of Hammonton, what concerts do you plan on attending this year?

Kristin Guglietti is a staff writer for The Hammonton Gazette.


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