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What is the Difference Between a Rave and a Music Festival?

To properly answer this, we’ll first have to define what a rave is and what a festival is.

Raves, by definition, are large dance parties featuring performances by DJs and occasionally live performers playing electronic dance music or EDM. And festivals are organized events that typically span several days featuring performances by various artists.  

There actually isn’t much of a difference between a festival and a rave, mainly that festivals typically feature more than one stage and can also include various activities and art installations. Raves typically feature one main stage, but can feature more than one stage and may or may not include art installations and activities. Take Coachella for example, it’s definitely a festival that features dance music artists, but wouldn’t be considered a rave. On the other hand, EDC is both a rave and a festival, but warehouse and underground events are not festivals, they’re simply raves.

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