Adacore wrote:If you ever get tickets for a rock concert in Korea, you'll have a ticket number. Entrance to the gig is strictly in numerical order; turning up early has no benefit. This floored me the first time I went to a show here. It was a smallish venue, and it still took them about an hour to get everyone in, because they did it in batches of ten by ticket number. In the UK, you queue up outside the venue, and are admitted in the order you arrived (Brits do love to queue). I've never been to a concert (without assigned seats) in any other country - so what's the norm in the rest of the world? Is Korea unusual, or the UK, or neither/both?
All the concerts I've been to have been either entirely General Admission, entirely Seated, or a mix of GA and Seating. I've been to shows in arenas that seat tens of thousands and I've been to shows (I'm thinking specifically of ...crap, it was either one of Dinosaur Jr's last shows, or J Mascis + The Fog's first shows...) in places that could, in that configuration, hold 150. And I've been to a handful of orchestral things as well, so I'm going to generalize across all of them.
If you have a seat - you show up whenever (doors usually open in advance, how in advance depends on the number of people and the type of show, but let's go with roughly two hours as an average) and take your place because it's yours.
If it's GA, you show up whenever and muscle your way to where you want to be. Some shows that are GA only and in bars, if you wanted a table, just find an empty one and take it. The more traditional Rock Venue sort of thing usually has GA in front of the stage and seating circling GA. Though I did go to one place where seating was in front of the stage and GA was around it - that was strange, as GA is what you get if you're wanting to dance or mosh or whatever is appropriate and while it was the sort of show appropriate for that, being so far from the stage killed the dancing mood.
As far as getting through the actual doors goes - there's usually a line for Will Call (that is, if you ordered your tickets but don't have them, you pick them up from Will Call - don't ask about the name, that's completely unrelated), a line for last minute ticket sales if there are any tickets left, and then a line to get in. Once you're past the ticket-taker, it's usually a free-for-all in moving about the place. There will be rough lines at concession areas and souvenir stands, but how nicely those lines are followed is going to depend on a number of factors too complex to get in to, but the basic gist is - the rougher the act and the rougher the venue, the less likely lines will be strictly followed.
Moving from the starting area to where you need to be may involve another person checking tickets to make sure you get to the right place, if it's doing a split seating/GA arrangement.
And that's pretty much it. Orderly queuing is sporadic, and there's certainly never been an occasion of "Sir, your ticket is #365 and we're only on #50, so we need you to wait for the other 300 people to get through first".... unless the person then went on to laugh for 20 minutes while waving me through and I forgot their joke.