Moms Talk: At What Age Do You Let Your Child Attend a Concert Alone?

The age range of concert attendees for popular bands seems to continue to grow. When do you let your child go on their own?

As I write this, I am preparing to head to Detroit to see my favorite band, Manchester Orchestra, play at the Fillmore. I've seen the band four times in the past three years, and I can't help but notice that each time, the kids attending the shows seem younger and younger.

At the Fillmore the age restrictions depend on the show, but my concert - a rock concert - was open to all ages.

I remember my first concert. My parents dragged me along when they took my sister and a few of her friends to see Hanson — essentially the Jonas Brothers of its day — for her birthday. I was 10.

During the past few years, I've waited in line outside bars in order to get a spot up front for these shows. In line with me are always gaggles of teens who range from 14 to 18, standing in line — without their parents — smoking cigarettes and patiently waiting for the doors to open.

There was no way my parents would allow me out on my own to see a concert in Detroit at 14, not even at 17. It wasn't until I was 18 that they allowed me to start driving to concerts on my own with friends.

So, I am curious to know:

At what age do you let your child attend a concert on his or her own? Do you take into consideration what type of band is playing and the location of the concert?

Beth Reeber Valone May 18, 2011 at 06:07 PM
My son turns 17 today and for the last 6 months or so we've let him go to some shows with just friends, but we always drive them and pick them up. We only let him go to shows where we have been with him before and we still often tag along. You have to know your kid and their friends, too, to know how much to trust.
Katey Meisner May 18, 2011 at 07:01 PM
I'm with Beth. I think 17-but parents should drop off and pick up. I do remember going to concerts at a slightly younger age, but my sister (4 years older) was with me. There are too many things to get into these days. You can give your teens a little slack while still ensuring their safety.
Lynda Foote May 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM
The cost of tickets these days are SO out of sight. Its hard to go as a family.....especially when you have teenagers and your music preferences may be so different. We took our daughter to a Steven Curtis Chapman concert at Pine Knob (sorry....just can't call it anything else) two summers ago. She has asked to go see another Christian group she likes this summer. We were considering getting her a couple of tickets and letting her go with friends. Given the drawing audience of the group, her familiarity of the venue and the people she would be with, I would feel safe dropping them off and picking them up. Not so sure about any other group or venue though.


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