How many times have you passed up the chance to go to a mind-blowing concert because you couldn't find anyone to go with? My guess: too many. Doing normal things in public alone is not social suicide; it's actually quite refreshing.
Without worrying about what people may think of you flying solo at a concert venue, you can do what you originally came out to do, and appreciate a live performance by one of your favorite artists. Slide your pride to the side and learn to have a good time with yourself.
Here are some of the many advantages of attending a concert alone.
You run on your own time
You can show up and leave any time you please without inconveniencing your friends. Do you have that homie who loves to get wasted, wander off and join the mosh pit, not to be heard from until two hours after the show? There won't be any waiting around to collect everyone if you're by yourself. Do you like to hang out after a show to get an autograph or a photo? There is no one rushing you to leave if it's just you. Friend freedom is needed every once in a while.
Getting a great spot/seat
If the show is general admission, it's way easier to slip into a decent area to see the stage as opposed to squeezing yourself and two other people into a cramped spot, resulting in you standing on your tippy toes to see. You can maneuver through the venue like a ninja and get incredible photos to make everyone who passed on the show jealous.
You are not being judged
You may have only one thing in common with the other people in the venue, but it's important: You enjoy the same music. How many times have you had to persuade someone to check out a band that they never heard of? When you're alone, you won't have to worry about looking too cool for your friends or that extremely dull date. You can even scream your head off when your favorite artist hits the stage and there is no judgment because, believe it or not, the people around you will be doing the same thing.
You meet new people
When you go out with another person, you don't always get the chance to strike up a conversation with someone who shares your taste in music. Breaking the ice with brief, random small talk or saying something witty to the person next to you can make you feel so much more comfortable. You also never know what interesting person you may come across at a concert. I've met editors of publications at shows by myself, and it opened doors for more writing gigs.
You didn't miss out
If you are a true music lover, nothing will stop you from seeing this show. Just think of the regret you'll feel waking up the next day and seeing on Instagram what you missed out on because you were concerned about what concert-goers thought of you being alone. No one cares about that. They'll be doing exactly what you came to do—enjoying an awesome performance.
Charne Graham is a RedEye special contributor.
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