Contrary to popular belief, going to a concert alone can be a rewarding experience. In fact, in many ways, it’s better to go it alone than to attend with friends.
Use these simple tips (illustrated with GIFs from our favorite comedy TV shows) and you’ll be sure to have a great time flying solo at your next concert.
Tip #1: Don’t Over Think It
When you arrive at the concert, and you’re standing around by yourself, it’s only natural to feel out of place. But as Patrick McNamara of Vice puts it, “nobody cares.” In fact, most people won’t even notice you’re by yourself. They’re paying attention to the music, not to you. So get over it and enjoy the show.
Tip #2: Stay On The Move
If you’re unable to get over the fact that you’re alone, a simple solution is to keep moving. Assuming your concert doesn’t have assigned seating, staying on the go is easy. And if someone is actually paying attention to you (which they’re most certainly not) they won’t have time to establish that you’re by yourself.
Tip #3: Use It As An Excuse To Socialize
So you couldn’t get any friends to go to the concert with you. Sounds like your friends are lame. Just kidding! Luckily, the concert is a great way to meet new people. And since everyone there is probably interested in the same band or from the local area, you already have something to talk about and break the ice with.
Tip #4: Just Make Something Up
If you’re really that embarrassed about attending alone, and someone actually asks you about it, just lie. “I’m covering the show for (insert local music blog here)” or “My girlfriend had to cancel at the last minute because she had a photo shoot in Paris… you know because she’s a super model” are both popular options, but feel free to get creative. Most likely you won’t need to come up with any excuses, but just having one prepared in your head might help make you feel more confident in the crowd.
Tip #5: Be Present
It’s important to note that all of the previous tips are predicated on the simple truth that live music brings people together, and you belong here just as much as anyone else. So go for it. Go to the show, start a conversation, and jam out to your favorite song without any distractions. And don’t go staring at your phone’s screen the entire time because you’re nervous. You deserve to have a great time, so keep your head up!
(originally published Sep 2, 2015)