Last year I went to Sasquatch with my girlfriend and her friends but recently we broke up, and so I'm not invited this year Anyhow, I have bought 3 tickets in the hope that I can find people interested in going with me. But so far to no avail. I'm Australian, and do not have large network of friends here yet (I'm living in Vancouver). I'm wondering what people's experiences are going on their own. If I find a ride down with people, I guess I would camp with them, but going to see bands all day on my own doesn't really appeal to me. Has anyone done this? Is it easy to make friends at the festival with fellow campers? Is the experience generally positive or negative? Is it worth the effort?
You'll meet tons of people, and it will be glorious.
I went alone last year. I knew a few people from Calgary who were also going, but didn't hang out with them much. I camped with a lot of awesome people, met some fellow board members for the first time, and had tons of fun.
I will mention that I frequently go to shows / events by myself, and I'm the kind of person who easily meets people, so I'm guessing that helped.
Every year I've gone down with friends but we always end up separating and spending one of the days on our own. And that's always ended up being one of the best days, where I get to experience the fest in my own way. I find when you're on your own you always end up meeting so many other people that are on their own too. Last year on the last day, I'd met a few other "loners" that were into the same bands as me so we formed a group for the day and by the end of the night we were about 8 people strong. I brought them all back after to meet my campmates and we kept the party going til the wee hours. It was definitely one the best ways to experience the community aspect that's part of the fest.
I'm similar to J-Dawg Daft Punk though, and frequently go to shows on my own throughout the year. And I've ended up making a lot concert-going friends that way too.
Last Edit: Mar 3, 2012 16:11:15 GMT -5 by kymess_jr
Post by Dr. Garbanzoinski on Mar 3, 2012 17:14:05 GMT -5
I'm actually very much looking forward to going to Sasquatch without a girlfriend who has serious issues with me wandering off on my own. The only people I am planning on coming with this year have already stated that they plan on more than likely wandering off on their own adventures if it feels right.
I thrive on throwing myself into alien social environments and as kymess and Jdawg noted, those are always the best times.
Post by Dr. Garbanzoinski on Mar 3, 2012 17:15:12 GMT -5
In short, everyone at Sasquatch is there to have a good time so make the most out of it. So long as you have some booze to share, you shouldnt have a problem finding a group to fit in with (for at least a little while before moving on to find another!)
Did you break up because you are too co-dependent? Turns out, even when you are with people at a show, you are still really "alone". You think you're going to be able to hear your girlfriend over Jack White wailing on a guitar and thousands of people screaming? No. This is a good opportunity to get to know yourself a little better, be industrious and independent.
Look at it this way: Not having a girlfriend means you 1. get to experience the artists you want, 2. you can go where you want, 3. you can party when, where and as long as you want without even so much as a discussion about it.
Tons of people are going alone (including me), I'm driving someone there and we may hang out but probably not very much. It's totally fine. If Sasquatch does nothing else, it will probably restore your faith in people. People are much more friendly then you could imagine. They want to have a good time, they will share, they will take you under their wing, they will chat. You will be fine. Be friendly and open and you will be received. And HAVE FUN! ;D
Yeah, this is the reason I do solo vacations quite often. I just do whatever I feel like, and if I change my mind at the last minute, there's nobody I need to negotiate with. I did a 23-day road trip solo in 2010 and it was bar none the best vacation I've done in my life.
Thanks everyone for your replies and encouragement! I feel a lot better about going on my own now, and I hope everyone going to Sasquatch will share your enthusiasm. I spoke to my roommate today, and he told me that he is going with some friends, and he might be able to get me a ride down. So that is great news for me! I have done a lot of backpacking in the past, and never had any trouble meeting people in those situations. I'm sure Sasquatch will be a similar environment, and there will be a lot of fun to be had. If I spend some days at the festival on my own, I will make sure to enjoy the good music, which is the reason we are all going in the first place.