You hear it all of the time, “one of my friends knew a guy, who knew this guy, who was given a ticket to this festival,” and deep down we all question how genuine it is…
But then it happened to me and in 2014 I was gifted a ticket to one of the largest music festivals in the nation.
The winter of 2013, just before NYE, I attended a festival in Dallas. I was waiting downstairs in the main lobby of my hotel when I see this girl standing and waiting around for her friends as well. She had on this badass gas mask that matched the rest of her rave outfit, and naturally we started talking. Eventually this led to us trading kandi and exchanging phone numbers.
*started with a trade, now we’re here?*
We kept in touch and spoke regularly about the obstacles each of us faced in our day-to-day lives, and how raving had become our outlet.
One random night, she called me. She blurted it out like she had been holding it in for years, and she asked me to come to EDC with her. She asked me to let her take me to EDC Las Vegas.
You can imagine my shock and disbelief. Although we had only met once for a brief five minutes, we talked constantly and became really close within months of knowing one another. She became the big sister I never had.
However, EDC Las Vegas was never something I even considered. It was out of my reach. Too far away, too expensive. I thought that the festival itself was over glorified and that there was no possible way it was all that it’s cracked up to be….and oh boy, I’ve never been more wrong about anything else in my entire life… Before I actually attended I assumed it was like all of the others, just bigger and more expensive.
When I asked her why she wanted me to go, why she didn’t just go with some of her other friends who were already planning on it… she told me that she wanted to give someone the opportunity to experience what she had.
Eventually, I caved and I told her I would go (can you believe I actually had to be talked into going in the first place?).
We started planning and before we knew it, June was approaching and we were headed to Las Vegas! I was probably in shock up until the very moment of landing… I remember being so nervous before the festival and thinking that there is no way any of this was actually happening to me. I’m a college student in a small ass town in Alabama, how on Earth did I wind up in Las Vegas?
We’ve all heard how incredible EDC is, seen pictures and videos, or been lucky enough to witness the magic first hand, but nothing could prepare me for that moment walking into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. All that I can really say about being given a ticket to such an extraordinary festival is that even two years later I am thanking her for exposing me to a festival that redefined what the rave culture means to me.
I still get teary eyed when I think about how lucky I was to have such an opportunity. She never made me feel like I owed her, or that I was forced to stick by her side the whole time. She made me feel like I deserved to go, and like she genuinely wanted me to have the time of my life (which I did)!
Electric Daisy Carnival is already a one of those “bucket list festivals” that everyone has to go to… but to me, it became a place to call home. In a desert full of strangers, you knew you were all there for the same thing. The experience. No other festival has been so life changing or unique.
Being gifted a ticket to any festival would be amazing. For me, being gifted a ticket to a festival that still has yet to top any others put a lot into perspective for me. She knew I had gone to other festivals around the nation, but she swore (and delivered) that nothing would ever compare to EDC. It might sound really silly to most, but going to EDC Las Vegas really showed me that nothing is out of reach.
Electric Daisy Carnival rebuilt my faith in the rave community, and refueled my passion for the culture.
I’ll always be grateful for what she did for me, and the opportunity she chose to share with me. Some people, no matter how many times you tell them, will never understand the impact they have on your life.
If you’re wondering about the girl, whose name I won’t share, she’s one of the most honest, free-spirited, loving, and driven young professionals I have ever met. She embodies what PLUR is. As I finish up school, I aspire to be more like her. Giving someone a ticket is one thing, giving them an experience of a lifetime is another.
And when I can, I hope to give someone the same opportunity that she gave to me. Share your stories with us, have you ever been gifted a wonderful festival experience?
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