Memories last a lifetime, while material objects fade away. The EDM community gets a lot of discouragement when it comes to the amount of money we all invest in our experiences. But I say, memories are priceless.
Festivals are chalk-filled with opportunities to create timeless tales. The place most ravers from the Pacific Northwest call “home” is Paradiso and happens annually in June at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State. Home is where the heart is, am I right?
Photo Credit: Turk Photos and USC Events
This will be my 7th Paradiso this year, and as dates & info are getting announced, it makes me reflect on all the good times I’ve had at this festival. With 25,000 people in attendance each year, I know I'm not alone. I reached out across my social media platforms and asked people to share their favorite moments from Paradiso. Here are some of my favorite stories:
Photo Credit: Little Machine Productions & USC Events
“Paradiso 2018 - I left my phone in the porta potty by the house stage. I walked all the way to the hill and realized I had left it. So we rushed back and it wasn’t there so I went to the sinks frantically looking and this girl had it and was looking for me. This definitely restored my faith in humanity and why I love true ravers!” - @birthmarkqueenc
“My favorite memory is from my second Diso. I took my boyfriend with me for his first Diso, we had been together for about 6 months at the time. Both of us secretly planned to say “I love you” for the first time. What made it even more perfect was that it was during Louis the child’s set, that’s who we saw on our first date. They’re also my favorite artist. My friends knew both of us had the same idea, but we were both in the dark. Every time I watch the video it makes me cry. Diso is a magical place💕” - @_bb_lotus
Photo Credit: @_bb_lotus
“Walking back to the venue in 2018, after the thunderstorm closed the festival down. Talking to liberty crushes with one of my favorite hoomans “ - @kandi_kid87
Photo Credit: Danny Esque & USC Events
“I was walking up the hill with my best friend. We both had just moved to Washington this year from two different states and had never been to the Gorge before. We got to the top and immediately started bawling like babies just holding each other lol. We’ve never seen nature like this coming from two pretty flat states (Louisiana & Texas) and to be surrounded by that much positive energy from everyone around us, just made the moment so much more magical.” - @Kristin_Sonnier
Photo Credit: @Kristin_Sonnier
“Paradiso 2018 was my first year. I saw lots of new artists for the first time, but my favorite moment was Saturday night, just after sunset as the sky grew dark, Tchami X Malaa had started. Malaa was intense and fiery, the entire venue was red as we all danced in the night. Out of nowhere, Tchami came in with Adieu pt. I & II, a favorite of one of my closest friends who had brought me to watch this set, and now a favorite of mine I'll never forget” - @JordanElliot17
“I went to my very first rave as a super last minute tag-along with my group of friends. I literally spent my last $50 on a ticket and squeezed into the backseat of their car along with all their camping gear! My favorite memory was getting lost and finding my way into the crowd while Above & Beyond were playing and just taking in the whole experience. I felt like I had finally found where I belonged. I haven’t missed a Paradiso since, and I don’t plan to. It’s the one festival that I won’t ever get tired of. 💕” - @shleeedm
Personally, my favorite memory from Paradiso happened in 2016 when I was approached by this girl. She comes up to me and says “Hey, I think you photobombed me and my friends in 2013 while waiting for the Ferris wheel. I was shocked she remembered me from so long ago. She then proceeded to pull up the picture, and then she showed me a picture that I had never seen from my first EDM festival. After we connected on social media, we obviously had to recreate the pic so here is our glow up:
Photo Credits: Kelsey Paige on Facebook
Halloween is fast approaching, and we all know the best part of this holiday is choosing the ultimate costumes! As ravers, we are no strangers to dressing up, and Halloween is an awesome time to show off our style skills. There are so many directions you can go in when deciding what to be for Halloween, so we’re giving you some suggestions to make your decision a little easier.
Out Of This World
Extraterrestrial themes are huge in the rave world, and Halloween is the best excuse to dress up as a sexy alien or a house-loving astronaut. There are also a ton of opportunities for couples and group costumes that fit this theme! Build an alien squad with your friends in the Cosmic Chaos Alien Costume and the Solstice Kiss Holo Set, or explore the unknown in matching astronaut suits. Add some glitter, and you will surely have an out-of-this-world Halloween experience!
Embrace Your Wild Side
Feeling wild this spooky season? Cowgirl costumes are super cute and perfect for any Halloween event. Embrace your wild side and let loose with a cowboy hat and your best chaps, or make it glam!
Certain costumes will never go out of style. Classic costumes come back every year because they are timeless. If you’re feeling scary this Halloween, try a holographic skeleton or a seductive devil costume. If you’re going for a flirtier vibe, you can never go wrong with the Team Techno Cheerleader outfit. This fit is a fun take on the basic cheerleader costume! You can make any of the classics your own with glitter, accessories, and other modern twists.
Have a legendary Halloween dressed as your favorite mythical creature! Fairies, elves and unicorns are not only charming characters, but they are also very trendy right now. These Fractal Fantasy Fairy Wings will transform any outfit into an enchanting fairy ensemble. You could also pair this Rainbow Unicorn Costume with some sparkly fishnets for a dazzling festival look!
Ravers love to dress up year-round. But if there's one thing that we don't get to do often, it's bring the spooky vibes with scary costumes around Halloween! This time of year is the perfect time to show off your spooky side, with costumes that are gory, creepy, or all around terrifying.
No matter what you decide to be this year, you can’t go wrong. As long as you’re feeling like your best self, you’re going to slay this Halloween!