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An episode where the main cast of a show spends the episode going to a rock/pop/other music genre concert, often with at least one of the characters having previously been a huge fan. Potential shenanigans include:

  • Struggling to secure tickets
  • Being called onstage
  • Struggling to get to the concert
  • Meeting the band members backstage
The list goes on. It's also common to have a celebrity cameo for a real-life musician. Compare Movie-Theater Episode, Musical Episode, and Pro Wrestling Episode. See Concert Climax.


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    Asian Animation 
  • Lamput: "Rock Concert", as you'd probably expect from the title, is about Lamput and the docs happening upon a rock concert. The docs accidentally play the instruments and manage to entertain the audience enough that nobody can tell the difference between them and the actual band that was supposed to play there.

    Comic Books 
  • One of the short stories in Marvel's Voices: Pride sees Nico and Karolina try to get tickets for a surprisingly popular band. In the end, it's sold out, but Karolina uses her powers to fly the two of them high above to watch.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Season 2, episode 3 of Derry Girls has the main characters struggling to get to the only Take That! concert they will ever have the chance to go to because of how dangerous it is where they live, after they have been barred from attending it by their parents since there's an escaped polar bear in the area.
  • Drake from Drake & Josh was an aspiring musician and many episodes dealt with him trying to land gigs and performing. The episode Two Idiots and a Baby was about Drake's band getting the chance perform at a concert, when he and his brother are asked to look after a baby.
  • "Concert Interruptus" in Gilmore Girls revolves around Rory, Paris, Madeline, and Louise attending a concert in New York of real-life band The Bangles after Lorelai managed to secure tickets for amazing seats. The original plan was for Rory, Lorelai, Lane, and Sookie to go but after Lane's mother banned her from going Lorelai encouraged Rory to invite her school rivals while she and Sookie bought cheap tickets in the back.
  • How I Met Your Mother: In "Tick, Tick, Tick", Lily, Marshall, and Ted attend a concert together. Lily sends them off to get some nachos for her, and they spend the rest of the evening hallucinating while high on "sandwiches" (Future Ted's euphemism for marijuana). It is then revealed that they've only been gone for a few minutes instead of the perceived hours of the whole concert.
  • Victorious has the episode "Ice Cream for Ke$ha" which revolved around the cast trying to win a contest in order to get a private concert from Kesha.
  • What's Happening!! had a two-part episode where Raj, Dwayne, and Rerun try to get into a concert for The Doobie Brothers. Rerun ends up getting tickets from a bootlegger in order to tape record the concert, but screws up when the recorder falls out of his coat during the show.

  • "Rock Show" by Halestorm is a Heavy Meta tune about a rock fan (implied to be Lzzy Hale herself) rocking out at a rock concert.
  • "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" by The Clash is effectively a concert review in song, describing an underwhelming reggae show that singer Joe Strummer had attended.

     Video Games 
  • Persona 4: In a scene added in the Golden Updated Re-release, the main characters have to put on a concert at a local department store after the idol that was originally booked to perform backs out. The problem is, aside from Rise, who's a former idol herself, none of them have any substantial musical experience, though after a few days of serious practicing, they manage to put on a decent show.

     Web Animation 
  • In the Strong Bad Email "concert", Strong Bad and Strong Sad both go to a concert on the same night. Strong Bad gets all gussied up in metal gear for the concert, but due to some shenanagans he ends up seeing (and loving) Strong Sad's favorite band, sloshy, instead. The two brothers temporarily bond over this mutual interest, but Strong Bad goes back to his usual Jerkass self after he finds out that sloshy isn't Metal.

  • In The Order of the Stick prequel On The Origin of PCs, the orcs Roy's first party is hired to fight turn out to be hardcore fans of the metal group Iron Golems, and camped out weeks before to get tickets. Roy ends up having to secure them good tickets, backstage passes, and food in order to keep them from bothering the townspeople, and ends up going the concert.
  • TV Tropes The Webcomic had the "Heävy Mëta" arc, where the main cast have formed a Heavy Metal band "Tröper Crüe" to participate in the Rock in Space concert and ended up preventing a Colony Drop with The Power of Rock.

     Western Animation 
  • Arthur: "Meet Binky" deals with a hot new pop band, Binky, being the must-see event in Elwood City. Which leads to a line that, by the time Arthur gets to the auditorium to buy tickets, stretches all the way outside of town. He still gets tickets, in row 739XXX. But then he lucks out: his dad is hired to cater the concert, so not only does he get backstage seats, he gets to meet the band. Who turn out to be holograms created by the manager and sound guy.
    • In "Just the Ticket," Arthur's friends fight over who gets to attend a concert with Arthur. George ends up getting the ticket after a round of picking straws. When Arthur and George go to the concert, they're in the front row... but they can't actually see the concert because the stage is too high.
  • The Beatles had two episodes which featured them in concert: "Please Mr. Postman" (the boys try to wire their manager for more money) and "Paperback Writer" (the group has differing interpretations on how they met).
  • Beavis And Butthead once try to get to a concert, but getting stuck waiting to use the bathroom.
  • Bob's Burgers: In "Boyz 4 Now", Tina takes a reluctant Louise along to a concert for the eponymous boy band. Much to Louise's shock and horror, she gets her first crush on the band's youngest member, Boo Boo.
  • A subplot of one episode of Family Guy revolves around Peter and Lois attending a KISS concert. Peter is upset to learn that Lois isn't a true fan of KISS, but comes around when he learns that she once hooked up with Gene Simmons.
  • FudÍncio e Seus Amigos: In "URB-2", Conrado really wants to go to the concert of the titular band (a parody of UB-2) after they announce they'll be touring Brazil. He is forced to wait for two days on the line, leaves and has to go to the beggining to not get mistaken for cutting in line. After they run out of tickets at the long line he was at, he has to buy the tickets from an illegal seller for 400 bucks, while his friends are also able to buy it from him for much less. When they finally arrive at the concert, Conrado passes out from emotion; when he wakes up, the show's already over, and his friends talk about how they met the band and even went to the backstage.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • In "Boyz Crazy", Mabel and her friends Grenda and Candy go a concert of their favorite boy band, Sev'ral Timez, despite Wendy and Dipper claiming that boy bands are fake. They can't get tickets so decide to sneak into the dressing rooms, where they discover that the band is actually a group of imprisoned clones who were genetically engineered to be the perfect boy band. They end up freeing the clones and hiding them in the Mystery Shack.
    • In "The Love God", Wendy and her teenage friends, along with Dipper and Mabel, make plans to attend the Woodstick music festival. One of the acts, The Love God, turns out to be a literal love god with the power to make any two sentient being falls in love, including a snake and a badger. After stealing one of his potions, Mabel helps Robbie find a new girlfriend and ends up hooking him up with Tambry, which causes some unexpected tension in their friend group and threatens it completely.
  • The Loud House episode "For Bros About To Rock" centers on Luna accompanying Lincoln and Clyde to their first concert, only for Lincoln to snap at Luna when her attempts to get them hyped up cause embarrassment. It is later that Luna confesses that the reason for her excitement is that it was during her first concert that she discovered her passion for music.
  • Megas XLR features an episode where Coop, Jamie, and Kiva attend a rock concert. Kiva ends up running into and making friends with a girl who the Glorft are trying to kill. She later learns that this girl was Kiva's direct bloodline ancestor, so killing her would mean Kiva wouldn't exist and the Megas itself would never be sent back in time.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: "Guitar Villain" Jagged Stone is admired by the characters going to to his rock star's concert. Too bad he's turned into the Monster of the Week.
  • My Little Pony: Make Your Mark: "Bridlewoodstock" focuses on Pipp organizing the first music festival in Bridlewood during Lumi-Bloom season, despite Izzy and the unicorns' warnings about attracting the attention of the Troggles, which curse anypony who makes noise near them. Pipp's friends help her out, anyway, by recruiting Electric Blue, Ruby Jubilee, and the Dreamlands to play for the festival, while Zipp and Hitch investigate the legend behind the Troggles.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together!". The titular brothers try to reunite the '80s glam rock band Love Händel for a "one-night-only" concert for their parents' anniversary. The episode is double-length, and is one of the rare occasions when the formula is completely inverted, with Perry and Candace both temporarily working with the people they normally oppose.
    • Phineas, Ferb, Buford, and Baljeet form "The Baljeatles" to join the Summer Rock's concert.
  • Rocky Kwaterner: Episode 22, "Rocky's Concert", focusses on Rocky, Theo and Luna trying to get enough money to buy tickets for a concert of "The Kings of the Stone Age", a band Rocky became a huge fan of. They succeed and thus Rocky gets to attent his first concert.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "Band Geeks", Squidward gets all of Bikini Bottom to form a marching band to perform a concert at the Bubble Bowl. Squidward instructs the Bikini Bottomites on how to play their instruments, which nobody makes any progress on, eventually leading to an all-out brawl. At the end of class, Squidward chews out the band for ruining his dream and walks off dejected. Feeling bad for Squidward, the band, under SpongeBob's guidance, vow to make Squidward proud with their performance. The episode's climax has the Bikini Bottomites successfully perform "Sweet Victory", much to both Squidward's delight and Squilliam's shock.
    • In "Suction Cup Symphony", Squidward attempts to write a symphony for the Bikini Bottom orchestra, but his work is constantly interrupted by SpongeBob trying to fix Patrick's butt due to Patrick not having any health insurance. When Squidward performs his symphony at the concert, he finds out that he wrote down the sounds he heard while completing it. Fortunately for Squidward, his performance is applauded at the end.
    • In "Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom", Squidward has a ticket for a Kelpy G concert, until Patrick eats it. Squidward then tries to win backstage passes to the concert through a Radio Contest, but fails, and SpongeBob ends up winning them instead. At the concert, Patrick eats both Squidward and SpongeBob's backstage passes, then disrupts Kelpy G's performance. When Squidward manages to sneak backstage and meet Kelpy G, he ends up getting rejected by his idol in favor of SpongeBob's ukulele playing.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • "Just Friends" features Star, Marco, and Jackie going to a concert for Marco's favorite band, Love Sentence. Things start going downhill when couples start kissing, including Jackie and Marco. Star is heartbroken, but remains silent. The episode features a voice cameo by Nick Lachey.
  • In Steven Universe, "Last One Out of Beach City'' Pearl, wanting to get in touch with her wild side, takes Amethyst and Steven to a Mike Krol show when Greg is unable to. Unlike most examples, rather than a stadium, the concert is a smaller affair out of someone's garage. Much of the episode is them trying to get to the concert, spending the night running from the cops and repeatedly running into a mysterious pink-haired woman Pearl is attracted to, who turns out to be going to the same show.