Photo.net (aka the website I used to learn all about photography over a decade ago) just posted a very comprehensive guide to “Club Photography: Photographing Bands, Musicians, Performers in Low Light.” It’s pretty good; what I like about it is that, after discussing equipment and logistical questions, author Jeff Spirer focuses on compositional challenges before discussing technical ones, which is the opposite approach from most concert photography articles.
The article is mostly geared towards shooting in small venues, with few words dedicated to discussing the finer points of getting a photo pass, and nothing about the dynamics of shooting in a photo pit or under the three-song limit. As such it’s great advice for folks just starting out who generally won’t be granted photo access to bigger shows just yet. The only advice I disagree with is using aperture-priority mode rather than full manual. That’s never worked for me; I’ve found that concerts are one place where I’m almost always smarter than my camera is in terms of exposure.