The Beginner's Guide To Raving

Chances are, you're reading this because you're either new to the rave scene or have never been to one before and are curious what all the hype's about.

There's a lot to digest here, but we'll give you the scoop and help you understand why raving has become the most passionate hobby of so many people around the world. We hope you enjoy our beginner’s guide to raving in 2023.

beginner's guide to raving

What is a rave?

The term "rave" in the modern sense encompasses a lot of different things. The old school definition of a rave was a techno party in a warehouse. Nowadays, it can mean anything from the traditional definition to a house show in Tulum.

A rave is a place where EDM artists perform different sets and listeners gather to dance, appreciate the music, and be themselves. And don't forget, it's a place where people get to wear fancy rave outfits.

What is a music festival?

The bigger brother to a rave, a music festival is one of the ultimate experiences a music lover can have. It encompasses an amazing, upbeat atmosphere, great artists, and impressive speakers/lights for an all-around great experience.

Instead of going to a concert for just one artist, music festivals gather some of the best artists together for one epic weekend. Depending on the size of the festivals, there can be multiple stages with entire lineups dedicated to that particular stage. It really is the next evolution in music.

What are raves like?

Raves are a unique experience that's hard to explain to someone who's never been.

It's an intoxicating mix of amazing music, dark & fun locations, and a crowd of people who love to get down to some good vibes.

Expect a lot of colorful rave outfits, lazers, and people dancing their butts off. Unlike traditional concerts, raves tend to be set in a dark room or warehouse and center around EDM/techno music.

What should I wear to a rave?

We're glad you asked! You have the freedom to wear just about anything your heart desires and no one is going to judge you. However, we put together a list of what to wear to an EDM festival so you can look and feel your best.

Pro Tip: We recommend finding some good rave chaps that are good for indoor and outdoor raves.

Are raves illegal?

There’s no reason a rave has to be illegal. Of course, if the location is in a place it shouldn’t be, there’s always a chance it *could* be illegal.

Every rave I’ve ever attended was legal and perfectly compliant with the law. Make sure you do your research beforehand to verify it’s in a proper establishment.

Are raves dangerous?

A rave is only as dangerous as your typical club. There’s no reason you should be put into danger or have a bad night. Unlike some clubs, people who attend raves tend to be pretty easy-going and are just there for a good time.

The quickest way to get into some shenanigans is if you’re altering your state of mind with something you shouldn’t be. A rave is somewhere you should be to enjoy yourself with no judgment, not get in trouble.

Should I go to a rave?

The EDM scene has personally changed my life in so many ways. I couldn’t recommend it enough to go to a rave/music festival and see why so people consider raves and music festivals their most passionate hobby.

It truly is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The synergy of great music, an untouchable energy, amazing visuals, and the vibe of it all is something that’s hard to explain with words.

We hope you enjoyed our beginner’s guide to raving. If you’re interested in attending a music festival, we put together a list of the top 10 EDM festivals in the US.

For our Canadian frends, check out our new article for the top 10 EDM festivals in Canada!