What to expect at a rave

So you’re thinking about going to a rave, but don’t know what to expect. Well, here’s a bit of information that may save your life.

First off, understanding the type of culture at a rave scene is very important. You must know that there WILL be drugs at the rave, regardless of where your going or how controlled the scene is. You can have a fantastic time at a rave, and most people at the rave will be happy people just looking for a great experience as you are. We don’t condone using drugs, but it would be silly to think that there won’t be any at the rave. If people ask if you’re ‘rolling’ say that they’re ‘rolling,’ it mean’s they’re using ecstasy, or want to acquire it.

Don’t get mixed up, it’s illegal and you can get in a lot of trouble. However, if you so choose to engage in illegal activities, DRINK SO MUCH WATER. Drink a ton of water before you go to the rave. Drink water after the rave. Prepare for expensive water in the rave, from $4.00 per small bottle. People die at raves because they ‘roll,’ and don’t have water, don’t drink enough water, or spend all their money on drugs and can’t afford water. It’s stupid, and seriously a waste of life. Personally, I think it’s absolutely stupid that the people selling the water charge so much, because people who are doing drugs (which vendors KNOW is happening) can’t afford or choose not to spend that much (because it’s ridiculous), and end up getting hurt or injured, or die, due to high water prices and ignorance (not knowing they will die if they don’t drink water).

Now what about the fun parts? Well, there’s a wonderful experience waiting to happen at your next rave!!! Now that we’ve got the dirty truth out there, what about the good? There’s quite a bit you can get out of a rave. Great times. Good friends. Memories forever.

What to wear at a rave
(Or what to expect to see people wearing):

You will see about as much skin as at a nude beach, even if it’s below freezing temperatures. People go to raves and dress sexy, or very scantily clad. There’s also the type of person that prefers to hide it, and wear SUPER FUZZY PANTS, bright colors, and flashing lights. In fact, most people have some type of flashing lights or blinky on them. For the most part, the more flashing lights, the more popular you will be. A great addition to ANY costume or outfit is our rave gloves or LED rockstar stunner shades. Everyone that’s seen us wearing them has commented and immediately tried to buy the pair we were wearing on our heads! Another popular item for the ladies is our light up bunny ears and bow tie (Or for the men, if you’re really out there). You can get away with wearing basically whatever you feel like, and not be judged on this one night of awesome.

How will people treat me at a rave?
For the most part, once the music is going and the night is in full swing, you will make a lot of friends. People will ask if you’re rolling too, and then give you big hugs regardless of your answer. People will ask you if you have any water, and if they look like they need it, you might be saving their life if you can spare some. People will ask you for light shows if you’re wearing our gloves, which basically means “Wave your shiny gloves around in my face, because I’m completely wasted or high and it will make me feel awesome.” If you don’t want to do that, just say you don’t know how and move on with your night. For the most part, people will be wayyy more friendly than you’ve ever experienced. Oh, if you’re a girl, you will probably get approached by every man in a 12 mile radius not wearing a shirt, and they will tell you what they are about to do is amazing. Whatever they do (light show, tricks with glowsticks, etc…) it will probably suck, but humor them anyways! :)

What can I bring to a rave?
Well, I hope it would be obvious, but definitely not weapons. Also, drugs will be confiscated, but people will manage to get them in somehow (they always do). Generally, raves are a safe place to be and are inhabited by people who just want to have a good time, and people who really appreciate loud awesome music. Sometimes the rave security won’t allow you to bring in your own bottles of water, because they think you’re “doing drugs” regardless if you are or not. It’s stupid, really, and they just want you to buy their water for $4.00+ a sip. If you have a flashing pacifier, or “binky“, they will take them away. This is due to the ‘rolling’ individuals, if they take E every feeling is intensified 1000x. This makes their mouths feel like amazing, so they take away their mouth toys to discourage drug use. It makes sense, but it’s really stupid, because it’s going to happen anyways.

Other thoughts about your first rave
Don’t buy drugs from anyone. They are illegal, and strangers can sell you bad things that aren’t what you expect, and you can end up in a really bad place. Just be safe, have a good time, stay hydrated, and bring a group of friends. Getting lost in a massive sea of people is never a good thing, especially if you’re tired, hurt, or drunk and need to drive. Always have a designated safety for the ride if you plan on drinking or doing something you’re not supposed to! Hurting yourself is your own decision, but hurting someone else is the worst thing in the whole world, and can get you sent to jail for the rest of your life.

Drive safe. Have fun. Enjoy the music. Take pictures. Make friends. Set a checkpoint if you get lost (You will not be able to hear or feel your cell phone vibrate, the music is SOOOO LOUD and vibrates the entire city).

But most of all, be safe!!!

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5 Responses to What to expect at a rave

  1. Word. The rockstar stunner shades are awesome.

  2. Alyssa says:

    I’m Soo Exciteddd Forr Gothom City Tour To Come Back ; Imma Go !

  3. Fun MAN! says:

    I’ve been to a few raves and this guide is almost spot on. I love the little jokes of the insane water prices, sneaking the drugs in no matter what, and the other stuff. It’s funny because it’s so true. Well this guide is really accurate and useful for newcomers to the rave scene. Anyway I hope to see some of yall in some Seattle raves. Have fun and PLUR!

    • Raveboss says:

      Thanks FunMan! – We tried our best to give people the best description of what to really expect at a rave… a lot of people go to those things with no clue of what’s really happening. :) Let your other newcomer friends know of our site, we’ll be posting more articles very soon.

  4. Rave Queen says:

    Spot on man. Spot onnnn

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