Should you’re questioning about going to a music competition solo, I am right here to speak you into it. My title’s Pernell, and I like going to festivals with buddies — it is like being in a film along with your favourite folks and a built-in soundtrack. Since I’ve nervousness and am a folks pleaser (not a judgment, only a reality), I have been desperate to lastly strive a three-day competition utterly alone at my personal tempo and in my personal model to determine if it is proper for me. That is how I ended up at EDC Las Vegas, the world’s largest rave, with me, myself, and 500,000 different folks.
I will be trustworthy: Attending and tenting a music competition of EDC’s magnitude alone impressed some lonely moments. However the freedom that got here with being alone additionally led me to find aspect quests, new buddies, and nice music. So in case you’re solo-fest curious, here is why you need to full-send that thought, together with my tips about find out how to survive it:
Being a celebration of 1 means you possibly can see whoever you need, everytime you need, nonetheless lengthy you need!
Flying solo makes it extra manageable to fulfill new folks, make competition buddies, and construct higher bonds.
You may select to be as near or as far-off from the stage as you want if you’re by yourself. And it is lots simpler to get make your approach by means of a crowd if it is simply you.
Going alone provides you the liberty to roam. And do not simply restrict your self to the levels. Try the rides, pop-up outlets, and meals spots you usually would not be capable of.
These are the primary the reason why I might suggest making an attempt out a competition solo if you do not have anybody to go along with, or simply need to strive it out. Now, listed here are my tips about find out how to meet others and benefit from being alone:
Take into account bringing a totem! It makes for a simple dialog starter — I met so many individuals over the competition weekend due to this signal, and it additionally helped them discover me once more.
And in case you’re not likely a totem individual, or they are not allowed, put on assertion shirts — go for significant or niche-funny, that approach you recognize individuals are coming as much as you as a result of they’re having a constructive connection to what you are sporting.
Be part of on-line communities by means of Fb teams and Reddit ASAP. There are most likely even teams devoted to folks attending solo. You may “meet” folks by means of these communities forward of time, be taught actually priceless ideas from competition veterans, be impressed by folks’s outfits, and even discover roommates.
If the competition you are going to gives a tenting element, I extremely counsel it. There’ll for certain be enjoyable actions to take part in and also you’re extra more likely to meet of us who’re excited to socialize earlier than the competition doorways open.
Additionally, not having to fret a couple of commute or catching a shuttle again to a lodge was clutch. When it was time to go, I simply needed to stroll again to my campsite. This allowed me to take breaks and naps in my very own mattress throughout the competition. I felt approach safer letting free and partying alone due to it.
Regardless of the place you are staying, beautify your area. Make it inviting on the surface to others and alluring for you on the within. Having a comfy and comforting spot to recharge in helped me really feel able to tackle every day, which was actually essential at any time when I felt overwhelmed or lonely.
Introduce your self to surrounding neighbors ahead of later. I like to do that for security causes, and to fulfill new folks. It will additionally make it simpler for you to have the ability to ask them for something if you have to all through the weekend.
Carry a telephone charger and different necessities like hand sanitizer, wipes, and gum. For your self, and for others.
Take extra breaks — no person’s ready on you. And embrace the overwhelming moments with grace.
Search out different solo of us if you’re feeling arduous on your self for feeling lonely. Stick to one another for a bit if y’all vibe with one another. And in case you do not, you possibly can simply stroll away!
Do what you possibly can to assist different folks have a superb time. It will pull your focus away from dwelling by yourself expertise. And if you do begin to dwell, look across the crowd for some inspiration.
Ask a detailed buddy or beloved one to check-in and message you each morning and/or evening.
Write down a number of affordable hopes and goals forward of the weekend, and have a look at them every morning. I did not till day three, and my mindset modified after I did. I used to be unhappy I wasn’t having a life-changing expertise like I’ve had at previous festivals, till I understood that I did have a lot of the moments I wished to.
And at last: Attempt every little thing twice.
In conclusion, in case you really feel afraid of going to a big music competition by yourself, that most likely means you need to do it. After we do the issues we’re afraid of, it often seems that almost all of what we have been afraid of is simply in our head. Going alone to an enormous music competition gave me an opportunity to find and discover what I actually have to have a superb (and secure) time alone. And now, I really feel motivated to check out different festivals — possibly smaller ones — alone.
What are some ideas I missed? Should you’ve had a solo expertise at a competition earlier than, how’d it go and what did you want you probably did in a different way? Drop your knowledge within the feedback.