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How To Have Fun At A Gig By Yourself

by Casey Kaniecki

05/09/2023

Overview

Group chat not responding when you tell them your fav artist is in town? Ditch your friends and read this guide instead to have a great time by youself.

Ever missed out on a festival or gig you were super keen on because you couldn’t find anyone else that wanted to go? If your taste in music is different from your friends’, solo gigging can be the best way to catch every show you’re keen to see.

At first, going to a show alone can be scary, but it can also be one of the best experiences you’ll ever have. You can get to the show when you want, stay as long as you want, and stand where you want, without worrying about what everyone else wants to do. So here are some ways you can have a great time at a gig by yourself.

Meet New People

Gigging alone is a great way to meet new people. Concerts are a natural ice breaker because you have at least one thing in common with everyone there – you like the same music. Keep an eye out for other people who seem like they might be alone, and spark up a conversation about the artist. Ask them how long they’ve been listening to that artist for, or what they thought of the support acts.

If you can’t find anyone by themselves, try chatting to a group! Most groups will be up for a chat, and if they aren’t, you'll never have to speak to them again, so it really doesn’t matter.

Remember Why You're There

If you’re not comfortable starting a conversation with someone new, that’s so okay too. You’re there for the music anyway, right? If you head to a show by yourself, you'll be able to fully immerse yourself in the performance. You won’t be distracted by constant comments from your friends, or feel bad all night because the person you dragged along is clearly not enjoying the gig.

Stay Safe

Safety is definitely something to keep in mind when you go to a show alone. The best way to stay safe is to pay attention to your surroundings, and stay in sight of the venue’s security in case you need to get their attention.

If possible, drive or catch public transport to and from the venue so you're not walking alone for long distances, or getting an Uber by yourself.

Keep Busy

The most uncomfortable part of the night is usually waiting around between bands. Find something to do during these times like grabbing a drink from the bar, people-watching (in a non-creepy way), or chatting with someone nearby.

If you’re at a festival, find a sunny spot on the lawn and lie in the sun for a little while. You can even bring a pair of headphones to keep the music flowing in between acts.

Charge Your Phone

Being in the moment is great and all, but you’re already stepping out of your comfort zone, so going for a scroll in between acts is a great way to bring down any feelings of awkwardness. Plus, if you’re going out alone, being able to easily contact people you know is a must.
It’s super cliche, but the best piece of advice I’ve got is to not overthink it! If you head into the show with a positive frame of mind, expecting to have fun – you probably will.

Just remember that you have absolutely nothing to lose by going alone, and you can leave at literally any time you want. So next time the event you send to the group chat is met with crickets, grab a solo pass and treat yourself to a night on your terms.

by Casey Kaniecki

05/09/2023

Overview

Group chat not responding when you tell them your fav artist is in town? Ditch your friends and read this guide instead to have a great time by youself.

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