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    • miss_independent
    • By miss_independent 23rd Feb 13, 12:55 PM
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    Would you go to a concert on your own?
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    • 23rd Feb 13, 12:55 PM
    Would you go to a concert on your own? 23rd Feb 13 at 12:55 PM
    Hi,

    I tried all morning to get Beyonce tickets for myself and a friend. At one point, I could have got two tickets but at almost £100 which my friend could not afford and I could. So I let them go . Mainly because I didn't want to be unfair to my friend as I feel she wanted to go as much as me. I feel a bt that I let those tickets go. My friend has seen alot more concerts than me (including MJ) but this, for me, would possibly be a once in a lifetime thing.

    Now, I've been to the theatre, opera and cinema on my own and even on a weekend away on my own but never a massive arena show in a big city. I'd really love to see Beyonce live and I'm more than a little gutted that I wasn't able to get tickets.

    I'm in a financial position where (unlike most of my friends, who are married with young children) I could afford to buy a ticket on the black market (and enough of a fan to be stupid enough to do it!). So really there is only one thing stopping me...is it weird/unsafe to go to a concert alone?

    I'm female, in my late twenties, not very streetwise lol.
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  • Saturnalia
    Yep, Funky Bold Ribena is right (and s/he has the coolest username!). I can't quite picture Beyonce fans being the rowdy moshing & headbanging types!

    I chatted to my housemate who often goes to metal gigs by herself and she says she's always felt safe there. She says the night bus home from work is scarier than being in a crowd of metal-heads.
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    • gunsandbanjos
    • By gunsandbanjos 24th Feb 13, 4:51 PM
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    I went to see the Rolling Stones on my own when I was 18 as none of my friends were into them. I had a great time.

    Travelled to London (from Edinburgh) on my own last year to see Richie Sambora in concert.

    I'm going to see Bon Jovi on my own in July and I can't wait
    Last edited by gunsandbanjos; 24-02-2013 at 5:06 PM.
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    • cinderfella
    • By cinderfella 24th Feb 13, 5:20 PM
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    The world has gone mad - £150 for a pop concert gig.
    Ryanair have got cheap April flights - go to a European city for a weekend for £150 & edificate yourself.
    A gig - a shocking waste of money OMG !!!
    • miss_independent
    • By miss_independent 24th Feb 13, 5:40 PM
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    The world has gone mad - £150 for a pop concert gig.
    Ryanair have got cheap April flights - go to a European city for a weekend for £150 & edificate yourself.
    A gig - a shocking waste of money OMG !!!
    Originally posted by cinderfella
    With all due respect, I don't feel that anyone has the right to tell me how to spend my money. I've travelled as much as I want to and I spend a lot of time on self-improvement and continuing education. However, for one night I want to get dressed up, see a global superstar who I believe is one of the finest performers of my generation and ...go crazy doing the Single Ladies Dance like a madwoman along with a few thousand other people. IMHO, for me, its not a waste of money.
    • cinderfella
    • By cinderfella 24th Feb 13, 5:49 PM
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    fair enough - I am just an old git from a bygone generation.

    -Have a great time-
    • miss_independent
    • By miss_independent 24th Feb 13, 5:52 PM
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    fair enough - I am just an old git from a bygone generation.

    Have a great time-
    Originally posted by cinderfella

    I will if can get a ticket
    • Funky Bold Ribena
    • By Funky Bold Ribena 24th Feb 13, 5:52 PM
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    With all due respect, I don't feel that anyone has the right to tell me how to spend my money. I've travelled as much as I want to and I spend a lot of time on self-improvement and continuing education. However, for one night I want to get dressed up, see a global superstar who I believe is one of the finest performers of my generation and ...go crazy doing the Single Ladies Dance like a madwoman along with a few thousand other people. IMHO, for me, its not a waste of money.
    Originally posted by miss_independent


    It takes all sorts...
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    • miss_independent
    • By miss_independent 24th Feb 13, 5:53 PM
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    It takes all sorts...
    Originally posted by Funky Bold Ribena
    If we all had the same tastes the world would be a boring place.
    • Funky Bold Ribena
    • By Funky Bold Ribena 24th Feb 13, 5:56 PM
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    If we all had the same tastes the world would be a boring place.
    Originally posted by miss_independent
    Indeed - and talking of boring places - have you managed to get a ticket yet?
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    • jahlboy
    • By jahlboy 24th Feb 13, 6:17 PM
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    Gosh yes I'd go in a flash!!

    I think a lot of bands tend to have a lovely fan base and you are with like minded people.

    We went to see Guns n Roses a few years ago and it was AMAZING in the extreme.. there were a couple of knobs who were promptly ousted but we befriended a 15 y/o who had gone alone.. lovely lad..

    I'd probably enjoy going on my own more TBH.. I always feel a bit 'restricted' in being myself when I am with others... I could dance and scream and sing REALLY loud on my own!
    Originally posted by pigpen
    The same happened to my Son when he was 15 and went to see Nicki Minaj last year - I can't stand her (neither can his friends!) but appreciate that he liked her so he decided to go on his own, out of his own choice!

    If it's the O2 in London you're on about then every show I've been to there, people are friendly, and if not, are too interested in their own business to notice! I find it acceptable, not everyone has the same interests and why should you not have fun because your friend doesn't want to?! Only if you're comfortable with it though!

    And regarding the streetwise bit - I went to see Beyonce back in 2009 with my Son and was scared to death that it would be filled with gangsters and we'd get robbed because of the genre of music - much the opposite - it was mostly people like you, so there's nothing to be afraid of in that aspect!

    If you've never been to the O2 before, the tubes always run, although big queues after the shows, and there are lots of stewards around should you need help! And a taxi booking service, which I think is quite expensive, but there should you need it if tubes are on strike (I doubt/hope they won't be as I'm going to the Saturday night show!)
    • gunsandbanjos
    • By gunsandbanjos 24th Feb 13, 6:24 PM
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    I think the crowd at beyonces gigs will mostly be 20 something girls and gay men (I have several gay friends who are raging at not being able to get tickets!) so you'll be quite safe I imagine.
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    • miss_independent
    • By miss_independent 24th Feb 13, 6:40 PM
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    The same happened to my Son when he was 15 and went to see Nicki Minaj last year - I can't stand her (neither can his friends!) but appreciate that he liked her so he decided to go on his own, out of his own choice!

    If it's the O2 in London you're on about then every show I've been to there, people are friendly, and if not, are too interested in their own business to notice! I find it acceptable, not everyone has the same interests and why should you not have fun because your friend doesn't want to?! Only if you're comfortable with it though!

    And regarding the streetwise bit - I went to see Beyonce back in 2009 with my Son and was scared to death that it would be filled with gangsters and we'd get robbed because of the genre of music - much the opposite - it was mostly people like you, so there's nothing to be afraid of in that aspect!

    If you've never been to the O2 before, the tubes always run, although big queues after the shows, and there are lots of stewards around should you need help! And a taxi booking service, which I think is quite expensive, but there should you need it if tubes are on strike (I doubt/hope they won't be as I'm going to the Saturday night show!)
    Originally posted by jahlboy
    Thanks, its not the O2. I was trying for Birmingham or Manchester. Looking at it tonight, I could get a legit ticket for Paris and fly/stay there cheaper than a black market ticket for here. I'm only going if I can get a legit ticket so........looks like I'm not going unless I can win a ticket or something.

    Hope you have a great time!
    • Funky Bold Ribena
    • By Funky Bold Ribena 24th Feb 13, 6:47 PM
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    Thanks, its not the O2. I was trying for Birmingham or Manchester. Looking at it tonight, I could get a legit ticket for Paris and fly/stay there cheaper than a black market ticket for here. I'm only going if I can get a legit ticket so........looks like I'm not going unless I can win a ticket or something.

    Hope you have a great time!
    Originally posted by miss_independent
    So...go to Paris then!
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    • Sneezy
    • By Sneezy 24th Feb 13, 7:03 PM
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    Go for it, consider it a once in a lifetime opportunity - when will you get another chance to do?

    I've been to a good few concerts on my own (the first when I was 18 in Manchester) and definitely don't consider it weird (I'm 26 so a similar age to you).

    Last year I went on holiday for 2 weeks which was strange (I'd done long weekends which had been fine).
    Using my phone to post - apologies in advance for any typos
    • WolfSong2000
    • By WolfSong2000 24th Feb 13, 11:55 PM
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    If it was any city other than Paris I'd say go for it (but that's only because I had a bad experience in that city). Heck, one of the first concerts (I was 19/20 ish) I went on my own to was in Las Vegas - saw a country/rock band called Big & Rich. Good times . I didn't know anyone before I went but managed to make loads of friends, many of whom I am still really, really close to. First concerts on my own were, I think, ones in Nashville, TN, when I was 18 and on my gap year...again, knew no one, but had an absolute blast. And yes, I am a country music fan - which is why I can't judge someone who likes Beyonce, even though there's no appeal there for me...everyone's different - accept it and celebrate it .

    But yeah...going to concerts on your own is great. People in the UK tend to be more reserved than those in the USA, but at the end of the day, you're all going to see an artist you like - and that's a great conversation starter!
    • duchy
    • By duchy 25th Feb 13, 12:06 AM
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    So why NOT go to Paris .......do the show and do the educational /improvement bit the next day with a bit of sightseeing.... Paris is not my favourite city in the world but it has more to offer than Birmingham (IMO)

    Also check to see where the Beyonce fans hang out online -bound to be a FB group or a forum attached to her official website -they may have good leads for tickets .
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    • miss_independent
    • By miss_independent 25th Feb 13, 8:51 AM
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    I should probably point out right now that Paris isn't an option as I don't get back in the UK until May! And Beyonce doesn't come to the US until after I get back to the UK . Otherwise, I would have done Paris (been before, like it).
    • miss_independent
    • By miss_independent 25th Feb 13, 8:57 AM
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    But yeah...going to concerts on your own is great. People in the UK tend to be more reserved than those in the USA, but at the end of the day, you're all going to see an artist you like - and that's a great conversation starter!
    Originally posted by WolfSong2000
    This is very true, I couldn't believe the reaction actors and actresses get the moment they just step on stage at the theatre in the US. Here in the UK we wait for them to prove themselves (and make it worth our money!) first. And, from my experience, if you are sitting/standing next to someone in the US and you DON'T speak to them/make small talk - it is often considered discourteous. Its the opposite of London life lol!
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 25th Feb 13, 9:27 AM
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    This is very true, I couldn't believe the reaction actors and actresses get the moment they just step on stage at the theatre in the US. Here in the UK we wait for them to prove themselves (and make it worth our money!) first.
    Originally posted by miss_independent
    Yes! I found that really weird, especially as makes it harder to suspend your disbelief when every actor has to pause when s/he comes on to wait for the applause to die down. I saw a couple of terrible plays where the actors seemed bored in New York and the audience were whooping and cheering like mad. Very odd.
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 25th Feb 13, 9:29 AM
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    In principle I don't see why not, but I know what you mean, you don't want to be sitting/standing there looking like Nelly No-Mates
    Originally posted by panagia
    Who cares what others think. TBH if someone makes that assumption about you it says more about them than you. I have odd taste in music so have gone to gigs alone. It's fine. You will spend the interval queuing for the loo or the bar so it's not like you will spend a lot of time looking awkward on your own. I like to just people watch.
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