Going to live music and theatre performances by yourself can be a daunting experience— no one to talk to, no one to share the excitement with, and no one to rely on when lost or confused. However, flying solo to such events doesn’t have to be a lonely venture. In fact, it can be a great way to expand your social horizon, meet new people, and indulge in the arts you love. Here are ten tips on how to attend live music and theatre performances alone and meet people.
1. Check the Venue’s Schedule
Before attending a live performance alone, it’s important to do your research ahead of time. Check the venue’s schedule, and make sure to pick a show that you’re interested in and won’t mind watching by yourself. Read reviews of past shows or ask for recommendations from friends who have been to shows or venues you’re interested in. By finding a show that you’re genuinely excited about, you’re more likely to encounter people who share similar interests.
2. Choose Seating Wisely
Choosing your seat can make a huge difference in on your experience, especially if you’re looking to meet people. Try to choose a seat that will put you in the proximity of other attendees, like at a communal table, at the bar or lounge, or at seats with people around you. Being around other people can help you break the ice and start conversations. If you have the option to choose your seat during the online purchase process, take the opportunity to pick somewhere that suits you best.
3. Be Open and Friendly
When attending a performance alone, it’s important to be open and friendly to the people around you. Take the initiative to smile, make eye contact, and start a conversation if the opportunity presents itself. People are usually more welcoming than you’d expect, and oftentimes, they might have an interesting story to share.
4. Bring a Book or Magazine
While attending live performances, you may find yourself in a situation where no one seems to be around you. In such cases, having a book or magazine to keep yourself busy can be a great way to pass the time, all while giving off an approachable vibe. Chances are that someone will be curious about what you’re reading and strike up a conversation.
5. Attend Pre-Show Events or Meetups
Many venues offer pre-show events or meetups that attendees can participate in. These events are a great way to interact with other performance-goers, since you all have a shared interest in the art. In addition, such events provide a conducive environment for people to break the ice and share ideas. If you’re attending a performance solo, this can be an excellent way to meet new people with similar interests.
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
There could be times when you’re feeling lost or confused about the seating arrangement, or you’re unsure about the venue’s dining options. Don’t be afraid to ask the venue staff for help. They are there to assist you and ensure that you have an enjoyable experience. Take advantage of their expertise and ask anything that you need to make the experience as smooth as possible.
7. Use Social Media
Social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram can be another way to connect with people who are attending the same live performances that you are. Check out popular hashtags that are relevant to your interests, and search for local groups and forums. You can also use apps, like Meetup, to find other people who are attending musical and theatrical events alone. This way, you can connect easily with like-minded people, share thoughts and experiences, and potentially make some lasting connections.
8. Relax and Enjoy the Performance
Once the performance begins, it’s time to sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in the experience. After all the effort put into preparing for the show, it’s vital that you take advantage of the moment and enjoy the act without fear of judgement or distractions. Turn off your phone, and let yourself be in the moment. You may just be astonished by how much you enjoy the performance.
9. Follow Up
After the performance, don’t forget to follow up on any contacts you made. Exchange social media handles or phone numbers, and message them about future events or shows that you’re interested in attending. After all, this is a great way to build a lasting relationship with people interested in the arts. If you don’t reach out, you could miss the chance to build something meaningful.
10. Don’t be Discouraged
Finally, it’s important to note that going to live performances with the intention of meeting new people is not a guaranteed success, and it might not necessarily be the best way to approach every event you attend. If you don’t meet anyone or if you don’t have the best experience, don’t be discouraged or give up. Solo attendance can be a hit or miss, and with some shows, you may just have to go a few times before meeting the right people. Seeing your favourite live performances is more important than meeting people.