Being in the electronic music scene, there many beautiful incidents that restores one’s faith in humanity in this painful and chaotic world of today. Those memories that you’ll remember forever are a huge fraction of many reasons why you love electronic music and why you continue to attend festivals that aren’t the best fiscal decisions. However, alongside those euphoric times are it’s dark sided, unwanted cousins that shines light on the stupid and ugly occurrences at a festival. And of course, those moments you’ll, too, always remember.
In a recent satirical video by Ozzy Man Reviews , the man from Down Under points out some “Don’t Tell Mama” moments at Stereosonic with some hilarious commentary. But we’ve all been there, in our revealing outfits (pasties, bro-tanks and all), hands behind our head trancing out, accidentally puking in places where you shouldn’t have and, of course, all those other “I-hope-no-one-sees-this” festival moments! (Well I’ve never played Yu-Gi-Oh at an event like those blokes in the video, but whatever floats your boat.)
The electronic music scene is unique in a way where fans are allowed to fully embrace their true and unconditional self by embodying the environment around them, as well as the mood (energy) emitted by the surrounding people, weirdness and warts and all. Sometimes (not all the time), those instants of transcendence are under the influences of something and it may not be your finest hour. Not like those “I’ve reached enlightenment while looking hot in my yoga pose” kinda moments, but more of a “Oh, SH*T! I probably shouldn’t have done that”.
“You always have to be able to laugh at yourself”, is something that I always have said. Of course I’m sure you’ve said it too, and probably the person who coined the phrase. But it’s emotionally challenging to be yourself and release those pain built walls when you fear that some a-hole is filming you or making fun of you for being “in the moment” to their friends. With Snapchat and Instagram and all those other social media BS apps, there is always a chance that your “moment” will be shared with hundreds of other people.
In the future when things like Ozzy Man Reviews or memes of ravers doing stuff that doesn’t seem appeasing to the public hits the internet, just laugh. It’s the best thing you can do. Don’t get mad and shake your finger at the screen as you proceed to write an angry emotional purge defending rave culture in the comment section. In all honesty, that’s not really going to change anyone’s mind. You and I both know that festivals are fun and much more than drugs and hugs, we *quickly pointing my finger between my laptop screen and my face* were there and not the people hating. *cough* Anthony Bourdain *cough*
Until the naysayers of festival culture actually attend an event , they won’t really know the whole picture, nor will they truly understand your passion for the scene that units millions under the umbrella of love and respect. If rave-shamers can’t understand that, then it’s their loss. Like Oprah says, just be yourself and you’ll truly be happy . . . unless yourself is an evil person, then be someone else . . . or Batman.
So if you want, you twerk like nobody’s watching, or confuse dancing with aggressive punches in the air, or make out with your friends festival crush. Embrace the chaos! Just make sure you’re respectful of others and of yourself. Also, if you and a festie-crush decides that it’s the right time to be naughty, please mind your surroundings (and remember that port-a-potties are not the most sanitary) because that sh*t is awkward when you’re bumping into people. Things happen and the best you can do is learn from your festival hiccups! Be you and forget the critics! Just remember, if you do -unintentionally I would hope- do something regretful, there’s a super-high chance you’re gonna be on the internet. And your friends will never let you live that down. *cough* Ultra Tree Girl *cough*
Till next time, Sype.
PS, I love the song in the video and I love you Ultra Tree Girl.
I graduated with a degree in College at SFSU. When I'm not writing for iHeartRaves, I'm scribbling away at Schulz Army and The Scene Is Dead. I'm just trying to navigate life one adventure at a time, all while trying to document a piece of my life for y'all with just the right amount of crazy. #SorryAsianParents