Are you struggling to convince your friends or family to accompany you to an upcoming music festival? If so, you don’t have to miss out. You should still go to any festival or music event that you are interested in attending. You just need to prepare to embrace the world surrounding you and get ready for a liberating adventure.

Here are some of my top tips for having the best time when attending a music festival by yourself:

#1 Keep a positive mindset.

Your attitude towards attending a music festival alone and your mentality are very important. You need to be clear in your head that you are going to the event by yourself because you want to – not because of a fear of missing out (FOMO). Keeping a positive mindset from the get-go will dictate the tone for this rest of the experience. By arriving at a music festival and being genuinely happy to be there, everything else will fall into place. With everything you do, you should remember that you doing it because you really want to.

#2 Don’t have any exceptions.

You will be setting yourself up for disappointment if you turn up to an event expecting it to be all bells and whistles and that you will have crazy adventures. You need to leave expectations behind, so you don’t have a bad time if things don’t go as you envisioned. Learn to be happy that you got to the festival and that you had the tenacity to attend alone. Most people that go to festivals are nice and there’s awesome music; good experiences will unfold if you make way for them. Don’t rush yourself.

#3 Be Yourself.

Do you know what one of the best things about attending a music festival alone is? You get to set your own schedule. You are free to do whatever you desire and for as long as you want. Do you want to watch your favorite band for two hours straight? Do it! In the mood for experiencing a selection of different bands instead? Do that! You can control your world, so go to the dance floors you want to.

#4 Share positive energy.

Embrace who you are and where you are, as well as everything you’re doing. Positive energy is infectious so share your good vibes! Smile at everyone, be excited, maintain a good mindset; other people will naturally gravitate towards you. If you look like your having the time of your life, chances are others will be desperate to join you.

#5 Be confident.

When you are confident, you will find that other people are attracted to you and making new friends will be easy. When you are less confident, you will not be as magnetic to people and making friends will be challenging. You don’t have to be a naturally outgoing person to act confident, you can pretend. Just breathe deeply, collect your thoughts and start saying hello to strangers. You can make comments about their outfits or dances moves, or you could just tell them you wanted to say “hello” as they give off a good vibe. Don’t overthink it, just do it! You’ll be surprised by how many strangers open up when you invite them – a stranger is often just a friend you haven’t met yet.

#6 Learn to feel content with being alone.

Being alone at a music event can be fun and liberating, but at the end of the day, you are alone. It is likely that you may find yourself having twangs of loneliness, particularly when walking around and seeing groups of close friends together. During those moments, you need to remember that you made the decision to attend alone because you wanted to. Maybe the situation is not ideal, but your in it and it’s good. So, take a second to reflect, breath, clear your mind and solider on. Your inner adventurer is calling.

#7 Be patient.

You can’t rush things – you need to let your experience at a festival manifest naturally. Use the first hour or so at the festival to get familiar with the surroundings – locate the water stations, identify the best stages, go to the band meet and greets before lines get long. Lots of good experience will unfold naturally, don’t rush them. Stress is never a good way to start any experience.

#8 Bring Gifts

A helpful idea is to bring something with you that can be easily shared with others to make everyone’s experience better. A gift can take many multiple forms, it could be face paint, a musical instrument, bubbles, a costume, wigs, etc. Unleash your creative side and take a look at Premier Glow, there are endless possibilities. “Gifts” are always good conversation starters, you might be surprised at how many people are drawn to you by your “attractions”. Furthermore, you can keep yourself entertained with the items during times when you find yourself alone.

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