Making friends isn’t always easy but music festivals make this sometimes tricky task much, much easier. I am a natural born introvert, I don’t always say the coolest thing (and that’s ok), and I usually laugh too much, but somehow over the years I have been able to make many great friends at festivals just by being my genuine awkward self.
Think of it this way, it’s likely you have at least one thing in common with your fellow festival goers—a fiery passion for music!! (My fav kind of people).
If there’s one piece of advice I can pass along from my years of awkward experience it’s this simple question — “Who are you excited to see?”
I’ve tested this question at various festivals over the years and it seems to have the best results overall. So if you are an awkward, music-loving, introvert like me and you want to make friends at a music festival this could be the icebreaker you’ve been waiting for.
Also! Remember this will require you to look up from your phone, smile, and maybe do more listening; after all you don’t have the coolest things to say anyways. After you have asked your intro question (see above) you can ask more questions to learn more about your new friend(s). I would recommend steering clear from getting too personal and or into work related jargon right away—give your new friendship time to blossom. People want to have fun after all. Ask them more about the music they like and their festival plans. If work comes up naturally roll with it and you always have the weather to fall back on as a topic. There is nothing wrong with a little small talk now and again.
Some great outcomes that can come from meeting your new amigo(s) are;
A) You know the bands they know too! So now you might see this person again at one of those shows and can say hi. It makes you look très cool to your posse if you know other people. You may even have the opportunity to walk with them to the venue and chat more. INSTA Friends.
B) You don’t know the bands they know. So now you have the chance to learn more from your new amigo. Ask more questions about the band and maybe you could be inspired to go to a different show you hadn’t planned on.
C) You can share your band list and inspire them to see a new band or two.
D) A long lasting friendship bonded by music.
From one introvert music lover to another—have fun out there and go make some friends.