While coronavirus has left us without festivals for months and to rave from our homes, Relentless Beats provided us with a revolution for our need to rave, and I was lucky enough to attend the first-ever Drive- In rave in North America this past weekend. When getting ready for Road Rave, I wasn’t sure what to expect: one of the best parts of going to festivals is meeting new people and I wasn’t sure what a rave under social distancing guidelines would be like. Luckily, my rave experience was equally as fun as a normal festival and I’m so happy I got to experience such a historical moment in the EDM community!
Road Rave took place Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona. I attended the Saturday show in which I was greeted with a beautiful pink sky on the horizon. Relentless Beats separated the parking into a back, middle, and front lot in which I had parking in the front. Each parking spot was separated by rails and had an area for each car to set up chairs, corn hole, lights, lasers, inflatable pools, and anything you could imagine to put in a camp!
The show opened with Paz and the energy of the crowd was immediately high even though it was slightly stormy outside. Everyone was out of their cars and singing and dancing with their friends and it was really beautiful to watch. People used their parking spots as dance floors and as a place to practice flow arts, as well as using their parking rails to head bang. Carnage closed out the show with some headbangers as well as a tribute to George Floyd and a powerful moment of silence.
There was high energy throughout the whole venue during each set and it was so cool to watch people enjoying time with loved ones and their favorite music in a time of so much chaos within the world. Road Rave was definitely not a typical rave experience but it was one hundred percent what the EDM community needed during this time and still helped bring people together.
Overall, I enjoyed the setup of Road Rave more than I expected as it allowed me to have all the room in the world to dance and also have conversations more easily with my friends. If you get the opportunity to go to a social distancing rave soon I one hundred percent recommend you go! Right now is a time to spread PLUR energy as the world needs love. Sending good health and positive vibes!