Picture this. You’ve bought your tickets for the next EDM rave or planned a night out at an underground rave party. But your rave buddy got sick, and the rest of your rave crew is wasted somewhere in Playa del Carmen. You couldn’t possibly rave alone, right? Well, I can assure you that going to a rave alone is life-changing.
I’ve gone to several underground raves alone. I know the thoughts of waiting in line alone, or being on the dance floor with no one to talk to can be extremely stress-inducing for many. But really that is simply a false belief. Going to a rave alone can be a massive blessing in disguise.
But I’m not the type of person who’ll tell you to just “go there and have fun”. Instead, I’m gonna tell you how to have a fantastic time when you rave alone.
Not Ready to Rave Alone? Reach Out to Ravers Before the Rave
Let’s say that you’re not ready to rave alone yet. I can understand that. So, if none of your rave buddies can come along, reach out to people that will be at the event through social media. Here in the bay, we have many blossoming rave communities and there are plenty of wonderful communities across the states where you can meet like-minded people and they will be so jazzed to meet you.
All you have to do is introduce yourself to a rave group online. I’ve done it plenty of times and ended up bumping into some longtime friends. Just find out who’s going to the event you’re going to, and meet them an hour before the actual event.
And, BOOM! You’ve got some new rave friends. With that said…
Make Music the Only Friend You Need
Even though it’s easier said than done, you’ll need to get out of your comfort zone to rave alone. Remember that there are TONS of people who attend festivals and raves alone. I’ll probably be going to Defqon 1 alone. The best part is that NOBODY CARES if you’re alone. Nor will they bother you for attending alone. Because everyone at a rave has a friend. Music!
If you’re raving alone, you’re there because you want to listen to some bangers and feel the energy vibrate all through your body. You’re there to enjoy who you are. This is why music makes an incredible friend. With good music, your raving experience will be astronomical.
Feel the Energy
Even with the best bangers of the year playing, a rave can start to feel stagnant if you don’t feel the energy flowing. Feeling the flow differs from person to person. Some get in the zone upon arrival, while others need to have a few drinks before starting to feel the music.
In other words, to feel the flow, you need to free your mind. Live in the moment. Forget about your worries and focus on having fun while doing something you love: raving. How do you get to that point? Or, how do you know you’re in the zone?
Well, it’s simple. Music and yourself need to become more than friends. They need to become one. The feeling is similar to being very intoxicated, even though you’ve only had one sip of an alcohol-free beer.
Now, let’s get one thing straight. There’s no such thing as a dress code at festivals or raves. Nobody will force you to wear something unique or something modest to “fit in”.
But, when you’re raving alone, it’s the best chance to try out those jeans that have more holes than fabric. Or that T-shirt that’s as long as a dress. Basically, it’s the perfect time to try out a new unique outfit.
You’d be surprised at how many people will compliment you for wearing something unique. And, if you opt for colorful clothes, you’ll have people come up to you all night long complimenting you. New friends! We ravers love colors to an unreasonable degree.
Are you still worried about going to a rave alone? Hmm, maybe that’s the problem after all. When you think that something will go wrong, that’s when everything goes wrong. On the other hand, when you expect everything to go well, nothing bad ends up happening somehow.
With that said, if you wish to have a great time, you’ll need to get into a positive mindset. Get your confidence up by wearing whatever YOU like and focus on the music, not the people. Believe me when I say that most ravers are too invested in the music to judge you.
And, let’s not forget that when you think positively, good things happen.
Whether you’re raving with a group or solo dolo, you shouldn’t worry about anything. I’ve found myself in both situations, and I always prefer raving alone. Just be yourself, go for the music, stay for the vibes. Do whatever you want. Heck, nowadays you can even rave at home by streaming festival stages. Just do what makes you happy. For more information about the scene and how to get your vibrations up, especially if you’re new to the space, check out our blog, here.
Keep on raving ‘till dawn!
Alexios is a professional writer who has been raving for 5 years. He is eager to help all enter the scene.