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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 the difference between raves and festivals.

Raves, by definition, are large dance parties featuring performances by DJs and occasionally live performers playing electronic dance music or EDM. Festivals are organized events that typically span several days featuring performances by various music 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 a festival that features electronic dance music but isn't considered a rave. On the other hand, EDC is both a rave and a festival, but warehouse and underground events are simply raves.

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Published by Angela Le
Last Updated: 7/31/17