A Running Belt: The Perfect Concert Companion


When it comes to attending concerts or festivals, comfort, convenience and style are often at odds with the stringent restrictions imposed by most venues. With larger bags restricted and the risk of losing your personal belongings dangerously high, finding the perfect balance of form and function for a night out can be tricky. Fortunately, the running belt is here to save the day.

A running belt offers a hands-free, straightforward and inconspicuous solution to the dilemma of how to carry essential items while attending a concert or festival. Just what is a running belt? It is a narrow belt that fits securely and snugly around the midriff, providing easy access to items such as a phone, wallet, keys, ID and a portable phone charger. The most popular models come with different sized pockets and even reflective strips to make your presence known in darker conditions. In addition, you won’t be wasting money on a flimsy plastic bag, as many running belts come with a lifetime guarantee.

Live Nation Entertainment venues, such as Bethel Woods Centre for Arts, often impose stricter regulations on bags, which means that arunning belt is the better option as it can fit into restrictive size limits. But don’t think that this accessory is only suitable for music events, running belts can also be used when exercising, travelling or out for a fun-filled day.

Senior editor Catherine Kast understands that the aesthetics of a running belt may not appeal to everyone, yet she emphasizes the practicality and longevity this type of “purse” provides. Christine Ryan, Live Nation’s senior editor, recommends bringing along bug repellant wipes and hand sanitizer for outdoor events, to add to the selection of items that can be easily stored in a running belt.

There is also the Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1, an iPhone running armband which fits up to three cards and cash, and keeps it all in place even after being vigorously shaken.

No matter the occasion, a running belt provides the convenience and security needed to enjoy a memorable evening. With the correct amenities safely stored away, nothing is stopping you from having the time of your life.

Live Nation Entertainment Group is an American live-entertainment company, the world’s largest concert promoter. Operated by Live Nation Entertainment Inc., it is based in Beverly Hills, California, United States. It has a variety of venues located all over the US for concerts and festivals.

Catherine Kast is a senior editor at Consumer Reports, where she covers products and services related to travel, fitness, health and wellness. Her work covers a range of topics, from travel gear and outdoor activities to shopping for food and beverages. Christine Ryan is Live Nation’s senior editor and oversees travel coverage for the company. She produces content that educates, entertains, and inspires readers to take their travel to the next level with the latest tips and trends.