Don’t get me wrong, going to a music festival with a big group of friends is great, but sometimes it’s nice to explore on your own. In fact, going solo can be one of the most amazing experiences you ever have — you have the freedom to go wherever you want, see whichever artists you want, and meet tons of new people.
The answer to the question, “should I go to a music festival alone?” is undoubtedly yes. Here are 10 tips to have a great solo festival trip:
When going solo to a festival a common question to ask yourself is, “will I be able to meet new people?” Here are a few tips for meeting new people at a festival:
1. Be social!
- Most festival-goers love meeting new people and are more than willing to adopt you into their rave fam. Connect over your favorite artist and dance the night away with new friends.
- Also, try to put your phone down. Trust me, I know this is hard and our phone is often the first thing we go to whenever we are alone. But try and keep the phone in your fanny pack and enjoy your surroundings. Plus, having your head buried in your phone makes you less approachable to potential rave buddies.
2. Check out the Radiate app
- Radiate is a must-download before your trip. The app connects people going to the same music festival as one another. Users can opt-into events, and then post images, gifs, and text for others within the event to see. There is also a Tinder-like dating feature for those looking to meet a “rave bae”.
- There are also lots of Facebook groups and Instagram accounts that organize meetups. In the weeks leading up to the festival, join groups and follow accounts. Be an active member of the groups and look out for details about meetups.
3. Don’t be a clinger!
- Being social and making friends is great, but don’t be a clinger! Just because you introduce yourself to someone, don’t assume you can hang out or tag along with them the whole time. Trust your gut and you’ll be fine. Just be you, chances are you’ll find similarly open and friendly individuals and you will hit it off.
Accommodations (Where to stay for cheap)
One of the big reasons why people don’t go solo to music festivals is the price of a place to stay. Hotels and Airbnbs often jack up their rates around festivals and availability can sometimes be limited. Plus, when you’re solo, you don’t have the usual big group to split the bill with. Here are a few things you can do to save on a place to stay.
4. Stay in a hostel
- While hostels are more common in Europe, you may be able to stay in a hostel for cheaper than a hotel or Airbnb. Hostels are a great way to meet people but come with some other ‘challenges’ and are not for everyone. Make sure you do your research and stay safe.
5. Check out Roost
- Roost is a hotel booking site that helps festival goers find compatible roommates to share a hotel rooms and split the cost. You can view profiles and read reviews of potential roommates and choose your ideal roommate. Roost also does background checks and verifies roommates’ identities to keep the platform safe. This is a great way to not only save 50% on your hotel room, but also meet a rave buddy!
While at the festival
6. Drink lots of water
- A lot of people drink beer and other alcoholic drinks. Festival days are long days so it’s important to pace yourself and drink lots of water (it’s a marathon, not a sprint!). Also, don’t take drinks from strangers and try to avoid drinks from large, open buckets or coolers (you know, jungle juice).
7. Stay in control
- When going solo to a music festival it’s important to always stay in control of yourself and know your surroundings. Feel free to let loose and enjoy yourself, but when going solo it’s especially important to know your limits and always stay aware.
8. Dress to impress
- Festival fashion has taken on a world of its own. Check out @festioutfitinspo on Instagram for some inspiration. Crazy costumes, cool makeup, funny hats, etc. are all great conversation starters.
9. Fanny packs are back!
Unfortunately, festivals are a popular place for pickpockets and nothing is worse than having your phone or money stolen. While they may not always look the coolest, a fanny pack or money belt is a great way to protect your valuables. Plus, if you haven’t heard, fanny packs are back in style and you can get some really festive ones for cheap online or at the festival. Another tip is to where your fanny pack underneath your clothes.
10. Just dance!
At the end of the day you’re going to a music festival to enjoy the music. So, dance! Dance alone, dance with other people, just dance. Bustin’ a move is often a great way to make friends, and after a few minutes of tearing up the dance floor together, friendships will form naturally.
Thanks for checking out these 10 tips for going to a music festival alone. Going solo to a festival is an unbelievably freeing experience. Wherever festival season takes you, remember to stay safe and have a great time!
Head on over to Roost to find a rave buddy and save 50% on a hotel. Use the discount code ‘WELCOME50’ for an extra $50 off your first booking.