EDM is the biggest thing right now in terms of music. People are all about that bass. If you were not really into that scene before it suddenly struck in 2008-2009, then you probably have been forced into listening to Martin Garrix’s Animals by all your other friends who are suddenly into EDM as well. You can’t avoid it — it’s in the news, it’s on the radio, and it’s generally just everywhere.
If you’re like us, you’ll probably eventually dragged to a rave by your best friend who’s all like “WOO all about that” type of deal.
1. Wear comfortable shoes (that are not open toed)
A large part of being able to enjoy yourself at these events depends on if you’re dressed comfortably. Wear shoes that you can dance in (and a pair that you won’t care about if they get destroyed) — wearing flip flops will be the worst decision of your life because people will trample all over your toes. Invest in a pair of converse or a cute pair of flats. And it’s a definite no to heels.
2. Bring enough cash to buy enough water
You’re going to need a lot of water if you’re going to a rave that lasts a while. A typical set lasts 4-5 hours and a marathon set can go up to 10 or 11 hours. Keep yourself and your friends hydrated if you want to survive the night. It’s going to be a lot of sweaty people.
3. What should you wear?
Be comfortable and don’t overdress. Wear a cute crop top with a bandeau and a pair of shorts. The best kinds of stuff we find can be found at forever 21.
4. Expect to see a lot of people wearing stuff like this:
Girls will most likely be deck out in the most-exposed-clothes-you-can-find-without-being-naked. If you’re feeling brave enough, you probably won’t have to be embarrassed if you dressed up in a costume (since everyone else probably will).
5. You’re probably going to be offered drugs
Say no to random people that give you caps of stuff you don’t know. It’s dangerous and you don’t know what could be in them. At VELD, two people died from taking pills laced with rat poison.
6. Know who the DJ is and know what songs they play
Are you going to a Markus Schulz set and wearing an Armin Only tee? Do you even know who is performing and what their music is like? Do you know what the difference is between trance, techno and house? Figure out these things before you go, or else you’ll end up looking foolish.
7. Bring a fanny pack or one of these for your phone
Fanny packs are back and they’re surprising really useful if you want to carry things around without having to lug around a backpack or a clutch. The number of phone thieves out there are growing and you don’t want to have to replace your brand new Iphone 6.
8. Go with good friends or with your significant other
The funnest part about going to a rave (if you have never been) is just enjoying it with a friend or your S/O. Going with people you don’t know well can be okay, but if you aren’t extremely sure — it’s better to stay in a pack.
9. Plan for how you’re going to get home
Be prepared. Know all the details of who’s driving, how you’re going to get home, and where to crash (if your designated driver is NOT okay to drive). You don’t want to end up on the headlines of tomorrow’s news.
10. Bring earplugs
If you don’t want to get tinnitus (constant ringing in your ears), go with a set of high-quality earplugs. They’re only $15 on Amazon. If you don’t have time to order them online, just get a cheap disposable pair at Walmart for $3.
11. Sunglasses for when you want it less intense
The lights are incredibly bright, and if you don’t like staring in the sun when you’re in a dark crowded place, it might be best to bring some sunglasses.
12. Bring a hair tie or scrunchie
It will get incredibly hot, and you will probably be dripping sweat by the end of the night (especially if it’s indoors). Bring a hair tie just in case so you won’t have to suffer through the humidity!
13. Be prepared to be touched and squished and pushed
Depending on what event you go, there will most likely be a lot of people jam packed into a single room (or room). Closer to the stage is where the action always happens, so don’t be surprised if people are pushing and squishing and trampling on you.
14 Relax, enjoy and have fun
Despite all the downfalls, your first rave will most likely be your most memorable one. Enjoy it, relax, keep these tips in mind, and have fun!
How was your first rave?
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