If offered the chance to see your favorite musician or singer at a concert just few you, I believe there are few of us that would turn down the offer! Surely, even as someone who has been fortunate enough to see many of my favorite artists perform live, I would jump on that chance!
But concerts are typically a shared experience: you enjoy the music, of course, but you also enjoy the atmosphere and the friends that come with that music.
One Swedish company, Paf, put this idea to the test. In five different experiments, they set people up to enjoy an experience that is typically done in a group setting alone. This case, the grand finale, was a concert with Bob Dylan for just one man. Watch the video, and you'll see just how eerie it was.
What role does community play in our lives? This has been something that I have wondered about for a long time: when we go into shared spaces, the people around us create part of the experience. As someone who loves noise, I work best in coffee shops with my music turned low so I can hear the songs I love, as well as the noise around me. When we enter what is typically a shared experience, we have certain expectations of that experience, but going through it alone is a completely different moment.
Community is important: even though this solo concert with Dylan was an amazing experience for a super fan, he admitted that it was odd. He left the venue feeling confused, and he had no one to express this feeling to, because no one could share the experience with existed.
I can completely understand this sentiment. I've been to concerts for my favorite band alone before, and nothing will compare to the times when I would see the same group with 3 or 4 of my friends. Sure, the experience is fantastic, but when I have no one to share it with, what's left?