Jazmin Kopotsha | Culture Writer | Friday, 6 October 2017

Young People Are Really Chill About Going To Events Alone Now

Young People Are Really Chill About Going To Events Alone Now

The Debrief: Study finds that more young people are gigging alone (and preferring it)

While many would consider Destiny’s Child’s 'Independent Woman' an anthem, have toyed with the idea of going travelling alone and will quite happily inhale any 2-4-1 cocktail without so much as a thought of involving another human being, there still seems to be a bit of a stigma around doing things on our own.  

Solo dining still feels a bit weird and the majority of us wouldn’t dream of rocking up to a club, dressed to the nines and ready to have a dance all on our ones. But the outlook on attending events alone seems to be changing quite dramatically.  

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A new study by DICE, a music and ticketing app, found that 65 percent of young people (and when they say young, they mean 18-24-year-olds) have been to a gig on their own, reports Digital Spy, and we’re totally here for it.  

Funnily enough, the results from the poll revealed that most people think the music sounds better when you’re watching a set alone. Now, I can’t say how much I’d be able to agree beyond the assumption that yeah, if you go with a mate who’s prone to singing really loudly (read: badly) and drowning out the band, then sure. But other reasons for going to see live music alone included taking a chance to be spontaneous, having mates with different tastes in music and quite simply friends not being free for the stuff you want to go to. 

It all makes sense and, in reality, the premise is very straightforward. That said, I’m not sure if it’s an age thing, an overprotective parents’ thing or something to do with social anxiety, but I for one couldn’t in my wildest dreams imagine rocking up to the 02 Academy on my own at the age of 18 without freaking the fuck out about it.  

But the reality is, according to all the young bloods rocking out to indie artists on their own (the study found that pop and grime gigs were more of a group thang) it's really not that big a deal. Here's to the next time we're all brave enough to book a singular ticket, buy a round for ourselves and go and enjoy music without any company. You know, minus the other hundreds of people there at the gig too. 

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