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eddiehimself 11-02-2009 09:37 PM

Being there on your own.
 
Have anyone of you lot ever gone to see a band on your own? Only looks like i'll have to because everyone else is busy and i get the feeling that this is going to be the last time i get to see a band this year and it would be really dissapointing if i didn't see anyone this year. It just seems a bit annoying that i'll have to drive all the way down to york and back (it's a 45 minute drive and i only passed 3 weeks ago lol) in the dark and hang around for 3 hours with all those people and no-one to talk to. But they're a pretty good band and i'd probably get to meet them as well because i got to meet them last time (in fact it's my MSN pic lol). The tickets are about a tenner though. So what do you think?

Pocket-full-of-gold 11-02-2009 11:07 PM

Re: Being there on your own.
 
Yep.................numerous times.

I've been to stadium concerts, smaller venues and local pub gigs on my own before. As sad as it seems, there are times when mates are unavailable or simply not interested. I've never let this stop me from checking out a band I'm interested in seeing.

I'll agree the experience is generally better with a few in tow with you, but if you really wanna catch the act and your last chance to do it means you're on your own.......so be it!!

Go. Enjoy your own company and have a ball. I know I did!!

mcbike 11-03-2009 02:23 AM

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go! I've gone to tons of concerts by myself. I've even flown to different cities to check out bands and not known one person. I always end up meeting people, and it's really cool. I have to admit though sometimes I do bring a camera along just to keep me busy if things are awkward.

45 minutes doesn't seem too far to drive to see a band, unless they play in your area often.

Mediocrefunkybeat 11-03-2009 02:49 AM

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Lightweight! After two weeks of driving I drove eight hours to go and see my grandparents! Grow a pair and get out there!

*removes tongue firmly from cheek*

harryconway 11-03-2009 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Mediocrefunkybeat (Post 628552)
Grow a pair and get out there!

*removes tongue firmly from cheek*

Indeed. Time to leave the nest and fly free, little bird.

Pollyanna 11-03-2009 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Mediocrefunkybeat (Post 628552)
Lightweight! After two weeks of driving I drove eight hours to go and see my grandparents! Grow a pair and get out there!

*removes tongue firmly from cheek*

Doesn't 8 hours driving in Britain take you about 10kms in distance? :-P

I wouldn't drive 45mins to see a gig by myself - but it's ok cos I don't aspire to grow a pair :)

eddiehimself 11-03-2009 10:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 628599)
Doesn't 8 hours driving in Britain take you about 10kms in distance? :-P

I wouldn't drive 45mins to see a gig by myself - but it's ok cos I don't aspire to grow a pair :)

i didn't even know it was possible to drive 8 hours anywhere in this country lol.

Well thanks for the support guys, looks like i'm going then. I'm usually a bit scared about being around a lot of people and loud noises (huh drummer forum XD) if i'm on my own and it'll probably feel really weird but hell i'm going to die anyway might as well live while i'm alive as you might have heard before.

Pocket-full-of-gold 11-03-2009 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by eddiehimself (Post 628614)
i Well thanks for the support guys, looks like i'm going then. I'm usually a bit scared about being around a lot of people and loud noises (huh drummer forum XD) if i'm on my own and it'll probably feel really weird but hell i'm going to die anyway might as well live while i'm alive as you might have heard before.


Got a good giggle outta this one Ed...........you sure you're only going to a gig?? Sounds like you could be storming the beaches at Normandy!!


Have fun.

eddiehimself 11-03-2009 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Pocket-full-of-gold (Post 628620)
Got a good giggle outta this one Ed...........you sure you're only going to a gig?? Sounds like you could be storming the beaches at Normandy!!


Have fun.

haha i thought you might have thought it was a bon jovi gig lol. No all i'm saying is that i don't have a job or any college or university place i'm just studying at home so really my life lacks any sort of excitement whatsoever (check no. of posts on here, almost all in about a year and a half which probably goes to show how much time i spend on the computer). So it'll be nice to get out and do something, for once.

Naigewron 11-03-2009 12:55 PM

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I've seen shows alone many times. Last time was less than two weeks ago, I went to a Porcupine Tree gig. 7 hour train ride to see a concert, no biggie :-)

Pollyanna 11-03-2009 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by eddiehimself (Post 628624)
haha i thought you might have thought it was a bon jovi gig lol. No all i'm saying is that i don't have a job or any college or university place i'm just studying at home so really my life lacks any sort of excitement whatsoever (check no. of posts on here, almost all in about a year and a half which probably goes to show how much time i spend on the computer). So it'll be nice to get out and do something, for once.

Eddie, when you get yourself a life please be sure to report back so some of us know what it might be like.

Latin Groover 11-03-2009 01:19 PM

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I just got back from a weekend jazz festival which was a 3hr drive each way. I met some people up there but basically every gig I went to I sat by myself..fact is that it's uni exam time so nobody could 'afford' to go, simply put I valued seeing Ari Hoenig, Charles Toliver, Barney Mcall, Linda Oh, Ambrose Akinmusire plus others more than my essay

Cedwico 11-03-2009 01:29 PM

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I probably would go on my own to a gig., although I have not been to many gigs. The only ones were three Bruce Springsteen concerts. Two were when I didn't like him, I regret not enjoying them but the third was a blast.

Go to York!!!!!

eddiehimself 11-03-2009 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 628629)
Eddie, when you get yourself a life please be sure to report back so some of us know what it might be like.

I always lol @ your comments polly thanks.

Thanks for the support guys i ordered the tickets (erm ticket) and i decided to have it emailed to me so i could print it off rather than get it posted because for all i know with the strikes it might not get here in time.

DrumEatDrum 11-04-2009 01:18 AM

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I almost always go to shows by myself.

I got tired of going to see a favorite band, and dragging someone along who maybe wasn't a huge fan, and then after seeing a fantastic show, my friends going "yeah, it was OK.. .."
It was a huge let down to be all pumped from a show, and have my buddy just drag me down because he didn't enjoy it as much as I did.

Or worse, I'd use to have an ex-girlfriend who insisted on going to every show with me, regardless if she was a fan or not. Which meant buying two tickets to everything, even if she clearly spent no time on her own ever listening to the band in question. That got supper annoying spending all the extra money just so she could say she was there, when she wasn't into the band.

So after that ended, I said screw it, I'm going to see who I like, regardless of anyone else.

And then I met my wife, she has the same feelings on the subject. We go to the shows we like independently of each other, and if we both want to see a particular show, then we go together.

caddywumpus 11-04-2009 01:29 AM

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I used to go and see shows by myself all the time. I got tired of going to see shows, only to be watching the show and have my date want my attention the whole time when I'm trying to watch the band (which is what I went there and paid money to do).

No worries. It only gets lonely between bands or sets, and there should be plenty to do; take a walk around the venue, read the scrawlings in the bathroom stalls, check out the merch booth/table, scope out someone wearing a shirt of another band that you like (represent!) and strike up a conversation, etc... In case all else fails, bring a book!

eddiehimself 11-04-2009 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by caddywumpus (Post 628811)
I used to go and see shows by myself all the time. I got tired of going to see shows, only to be watching the show and have my date want my attention the whole time when I'm trying to watch the band (which is what I went there and paid money to do).

No worries. It only gets lonely between bands or sets, and there should be plenty to do; take a walk around the venue, read the scrawlings in the bathroom stalls, check out the merch booth/table, scope out someone wearing a shirt of another band that you like (represent!) and strike up a conversation, etc... In case all else fails, bring a book!

Haha i know what you mean. The last time i went to this particular venue in question my mate said he could come only to then tell me he wasn't going on the actual day in question. So we got desperate and ended up having to ask the other friend who was going, his girlfriend. Anyway they just sort of oogled each other all night. Which was annoying but i enjoyed it nontheless. Also the toilets are a bit small but it's the sort of place where if you go in there you might catch one of the band members having a wee. I certainly did. He left the tap on though so i had to turn it off. Rockstars!

As for the stuff about ex-girlfriends, well that sucks. Obviously it's nice to spend time with your girlfriend but you shouldn't have to be forced to pay for them to go if they're not going to like the band.
I have these silly fantasies of meeting maybe a nice girl at one of these shows but of course that's not going to happen because it's just not the sort of thing you're supposed to do really. Plus it's in york which is a bit far for me right now. Not that i'm doing anything.

Monica McCoy 11-05-2009 05:22 AM

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I go to shows and lots of other places by myself. I like meeting new people. I already know everything I need to know about my friends.

Pollyanna 11-05-2009 07:43 AM

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Originally Posted by eddiehimself (Post 628643)
I always lol @ your comments polly thanks.

Whaaattt??? I WAS BEING SERIOUS!!!

... almost :-P

If I see shows it will only be by myself if whomever was meeting there doesn't show (this happens to ppl who don't have a life).

I get too bored during the breaks and the only men who try to crack onto me at those times tend to slur and dribble. Going with friends is also good when you want a drink or attend a call of nature because you don't lose your table/spot.

I think it's best to go with other musicians or serious music fans because, as Caddy said, other people keep interrupting when you're trying to listen.

Spinozalove 11-05-2009 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by eddiehimself (Post 628483)
Have anyone of you lot ever gone to see a band on your own? Only looks like i'll have to because everyone else is busy and i get the feeling that this is going to be the last time i get to see a band this year and it would be really dissapointing if i didn't see anyone this year. It just seems a bit annoying that i'll have to drive all the way down to york and back (it's a 45 minute drive and i only passed 3 weeks ago lol) in the dark and hang around for 3 hours with all those people and no-one to talk to. But they're a pretty good band and i'd probably get to meet them as well because i got to meet them last time (in fact it's my MSN pic lol). The tickets are about a tenner though. So what do you think?

I go and watch bands on my own quite a lot. The problem I have is that I like quite a wide variety of music, and most of my friends are not interested in some of the stuff I listen to, the jazz stuff mainly. So mostly I will go and watch jazz on my own. I went to a classical concert on my own recently too.

eddiehimself 11-05-2009 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 629195)
Whaaattt??? I WAS BEING SERIOUS!!!

... almost :-P

If I see shows it will only be by myself if whomever was meeting there doesn't show (this happens to ppl who don't have a life).

I get too bored during the breaks and the only men who try to crack onto me at those times tend to slur and dribble. Going with friends is also good when you want a drink or attend a call of nature because you don't lose your table/spot.

I think it's best to go with other musicians or serious music fans because, as Caddy said, other people keep interrupting when you're trying to listen.

Well that sucks if someone didn't meet you but i'm sure that's probably their problem rather than yours.

Hmm as for reserving a place sure it works sometimes but not really if your mates are in the mosh pit, you still have to scramble your way through sweaty 6 foot odd males in order to get back to where you were before. And you've also touched upon an interesting point as it seems that all my friends (which is literally about 4 or 5 people lol) are pretty keen on music and aren't too bad on the old instruments themselves. So that's good i guess.

frank0072 11-05-2009 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by eddiehimself (Post 628953)
I have these silly fantasies of meeting maybe a nice girl at one of these shows but of course that's not going to happen because it's just not the sort of thing you're supposed to do really. Plus it's in york which is a bit far for me right now. Not that i'm doing anything.

Dude, that's not a silly fantasy. Who knows you'll find your true love at this concert ;-). You never know.
Have fun at the show btw, and make some new friends! I've been totally into the 'underground christian metalscene' here in Holland for a while (wich is quite small) and I still know people from that time because we always saw each other at shows. Great fun.

eddiehimself 11-05-2009 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by frank0072 (Post 629312)
Dude, that's not a silly fantasy. Who knows you'll find your true love at this concert ;-). You never know.
Have fun at the show btw, and make some new friends! I've been totally into the 'underground christian metalscene' here in Holland for a while (wich is quite small) and I still know people from that time because we always saw each other at shows. Great fun.

Yeah well i know i could possibly but i've developed a natural pessimism as a defence against being dissapointed.

Pollyanna 11-07-2009 01:37 AM

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Originally Posted by eddiehimself (Post 629317)
Yeah well i know i could possibly but i've developed a natural pessimism as a defence against being dissapointed.

LOL. Eddie, I think that comment of yours just encapsulated the British character :)

Mediocrefunkybeat 11-07-2009 03:11 AM

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Originally Posted by eddiehimself (Post 629317)
Yeah well i know i could possibly but i've developed a natural pessimism as a defence against being dissapointed.

Yes. Being an optimist is far, far too fashionable these days.

FourOnSix 11-07-2009 07:30 AM

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15 hours in a car by myself from jersey to tenessee by myself for bonaroo. and i gained an hour crossing from the atlantic to the centeral time zone so really 16hours. and then 14 hours home(found a quicker route) 4 days later. so get over it. 45 minutes is nothin

MicahFlores 11-07-2009 07:59 AM

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Get to the venue early. Im sure you can meet other fans and hang out. Right off the bat you have one thing in common. As far as the car ride. Pick up a hooker, Plus, you can us the HOV lane.

eddiehimself 11-07-2009 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by MicahFlores (Post 629761)
Get to the venue early. Im sure you can meet other fans and hang out. Right off the bat you have one thing in common. As far as the car ride. Pick up a hooker, Plus, you can us the HOV lane.

That was the plan. And there aren't any car sharing lanes from here to york, just A and B roads, and a dual carriageway for a bit lol. Driving over here is nothing like in the US it's unbelievable the difference really.

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Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 629695)
LOL. Eddie, I think that comment of yours just encapsulated the British character :)

I think you're right. It's just one of those things we do. Pessimism, cynicism, apathy etc etc it's all there really. Whereas i'm sure if i lived in AUStrailia i'd probably be a bit more happy. Hell i went into an aussie bar in minorca and i immediately felt uplifted lol.

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15 hours in a car by myself from jersey to tenessee by myself for bonaroo. and i gained an hour crossing from the atlantic to the centeral time zone so really 16hours. and then 14 hours home(found a quicker route) 4 days later. so get over it. 45 minutes is nothin
haha as i said the size of the US is just mind boggling to an englishman like me. I suppose you're right though, it's not quite as easy driving over here though. We have roundabouts to contend with ;)

wy yung 11-08-2009 04:04 AM

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Originally Posted by eddiehimself (Post 628483)
Have anyone of you lot ever gone to see a band on your own?


Yes. But then I also go out to dinner on my own. Provided I have a good book, I'm happy. I do not need another to provide for my happiness.

Then again, maybe I have no friends. ;-)

GRUNTERSDAD 11-08-2009 04:47 AM

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Originally Posted by wy yung (Post 630035)
Yes. But then I also go out to dinner on my own. Provided I have a good book, I'm happy. I do not need another to provide for my happiness.

Then again, maybe I have no friends. ;-)

Ditto: I have been to four and am Going to another in Feb. by myself. Curmudgeon night out.

Pollyanna 11-08-2009 06:30 AM

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Originally Posted by eddiehimself (Post 629775)
I think you're right. It's just one of those things we do. Pessimism, cynicism, apathy etc etc it's all there really. Whereas i'm sure if i lived in AUStrailia i'd probably be a bit more happy. Hell i went into an aussie bar in minorca and i immediately felt uplifted lol.

Hehehe. When I read that post of yours I immediately thought of that archetypal Brit, Marvin the Parnoid Android.

Australians, of course, tend to be cynics too (probably the convict thing), just that we're not oppressed by endless months of crap weather and insane crowds on the tube. So it's a more cheerful kind of cynicism :)

When is this gig on? We'll need a report now (unless what happens is confidential ;-)

eddiehimself 11-08-2009 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 630055)
Hehehe. When I read that post of yours I immediately thought of that archetypal Brit, Marvin the Parnoid Android.

Australians, of course, tend to be cynics too (probably the convict thing), just that we're not oppressed by endless months of crap weather and insane crowds on the tube. So it's a more cheerful kind of cynicism :)

When is this gig on? We'll need a report now (unless what happens is confidential ;-)

honestly, i went down to london last weekend and i couldn't believe it myself. It's a lot quieter up here. Whether that's a good or a bad thing for an 18 year old who wants to explore the world instead of being cooped up in his house all day is a matter of debate though. Well it's next thursday so i'll tell you how i get on if you want.

Big_Philly 11-08-2009 05:03 PM

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I went to a percussion show on my own. I just chatted with some strangers. And with salespeople from the sponsors.


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