Ten Rules of the Rave: A Guide to Underground Dance Party Etiquette

Categories: EDM

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Cassie Kohler
Don't even get us started on the glow sticks.

By Sarah Stanley-Ayre

Electronic music's recent surge in popularity comes with serious side effects for underground-party aficionados. Suddenly, Daft Punk is winning Grammys, and drunk girls (and guys) are ruining life at 4 a.m. in a warehouse somewhere.

Take this recent incident: Under a haunting pink hue Dustin Zahn tended to his machinery, hands poised above the knobs. My body was carried by the sound, hips oscillating, hair in my face, arms outstretched, at worship. I was in ecstasy, but I opened my eyes to someone shrieking, "Can you take a picture of my tits?"

She pushed her smartphone onto a bewildered onlooker. Much to my dismay, he aimed its lens directly at her protruding cleavage and snapped a series of photos. Her drunken friend laughed, peering into the phone's screen and haphazardly sloshing half of her drink onto the dance floor. In short, the magic was gone.

I could spend time being mad at these random people, but that would ultimately lead to nothing but more bad vibes. After talking to friends and other musicians who experience the same tribulations, I have assembled ten rules for proper underground dance-party etiquette.


10. Learn what a rave is before you call yourself a "raver."

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Emily Benjamin
If Steve Aoki is playing, you are not at a rave.

Your bros at the dorm call you a raver, as does the neon nightmare you picked up at some bar last weekend and are now dating. Sorry to crush your dreams, but clearing the dollar store of glow sticks and eating a bunch of shitty molly doesn't make you a raver. Raving is pretty sweet, though. The term originated in 1950s London to describe bohemian parties that the Soho beatniks threw. It has been used by mods, Buddy Holly and even David Bowie. Finally, electronic music hijacked "rave" as a name for huge underground acid house events that drew thousands of people and spawned an entire subculture. "Raving" is entirely centralized around underground dance music. Not Skrillex. Not Steve Aoki. Not anything you would hear on top 40 radio.

9. This party is no place for a drug-addled conga line.

I had just come in from enjoying a cigarette somewhere around 3 a.m. this past Sunday morning, carefully dancing in the direction of the DJ booth, when I was confronted by an obstacle: a strange wall of bodies draped over one another in a straight line, dividing the entire dance floor in half. These people weren't moving. In fact, I couldn't even tell if they were still breathing. Um. What? Can you please play statue somewhere else? Also, I am begging you -- save your conga for a wedding party or bar mitzvah.

8. If you are not 21, you are not coming in here.

Just accept it. The security is checking your ID for a reason. If your parents call the cops looking for you, then those cops will show up. If those cops bust this party and you are nineteen years old and wasted, then everyone responsible for the party happening is fucked. You'll probably just get a minor in possession ticket or something, and your parents will be mad at you for a week, but is it really worth jeopardizing the party itself? There are plenty of eighteeen-and-up parties out there. Go to those instead.



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36 comments
amberandco
amberandco

This person sucks moist, hairy balls.

modslife2000
modslife2000

Party tips from a girl late to the party....

Jason Goad
Jason Goad

1st rule of the rave is don't talk about the rave...Thanks

justinchillz
justinchillz

This girl was born yesterday...... The recent surge was in 88 and 89.....

justinchillz
justinchillz

Who ever wrote this is a dumb ass, plus they obviously think there about something.... A rave isn't a rave without the people. Weather they belong or not.I went to raise when I was younger and 93 or 92 because everyone was accepted. Now you're trying to judge who is a raver and who's not I don't think you're a raver. Who are you to say?

Chris Wilhite
Chris Wilhite

What a bunch of self righteous, judgmental drivel.

Frank Stephen Miramonti
Frank Stephen Miramonti

"Electronic music's recent surge in popularity" What is it 1993 again? recent? really?

Kevin Mayhew
Kevin Mayhew

note to self: do not go to any party the author of this article goes to. it will most definitely blow chunks

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Recent surge in popularity? I guess the 90s werent that long ago?

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

Seriously? They still have Raves? Come on Millenials - get creative & name your own parties. How about "Everybody Text Now!"

Heath Timm
Heath Timm

The author sounds like a cunt. Is this even a real publication? For a minute I thought it might be satire.

Tracy Hudson
Tracy Hudson

Lmfao, this is by the far the dumbest article I've read on here in a while. It's a fucking rave, not Hitler youth. I don't go to these anymore, but when I did, it was people like the author that were the buzzkill at these events. It's a party and a show. People get drunk, take drugs, dance, and talk. People do this at normal shows. If you can't handle it, then stand somewhere where you aren't going to be fondled or bumped into, or just don't fucking go. Besides hearing your favorite act, these things are about respect-- not being a judgmental cunt. If you can't handle sub culture, that's cool, but seriously? This isn't kindergarten, these are adults-- put on your big girl bundies and deal with it. The act didn't come just to play for you.

Brian Sieve
Brian Sieve

1990 called. She wants her Rave back

Bobby Duebelbeis
Bobby Duebelbeis

Sounds like the author is too old to be going to these parties.

Jeffs Rad
Jeffs Rad

How can something be so "secret" if it is in the RFT? Plus real raves are not 21 and up. I was a party kid from 14 until about 20. When you're 21 you go to real clubs and bars to see headliners.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

Are you sure...I mean, thats 99% of STL'ians you are directing this at....and thats all they know as raving.

Rodrick Wigles
Rodrick Wigles

Alcohol?? Parties don't really have alcohol. Also... they are called "parties" not raves. And people who go to them often are "party kids" not "ravers"... this whole article is pretty much fail...

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

Our rave diary is neon pink and glows in the dark. How about yours?

Ryan Grewe
Ryan Grewe

Rule 2# don't let the rft come to the party and take pictures.

Rodrick Wigles
Rodrick Wigles

ROFL... author says "eating shitty molly".... if it were shitty it wouldn't be molly. Not all rolls are molly.. facepalm

Jj Jasper
Jj Jasper

Man, this article is so informative. I started taking notes, then i ran out of room in my rave diary.

Olivia Braden
Olivia Braden

If this is supposed to be underground shit, why do I get invited every other day on fb? I don't even go!

Tictic Bump
Tictic Bump

I can't even tell if this is a joke or not.

Ryan Patrick
Ryan Patrick

Why can't everybody just dance with their eyes closed??

Dan Porter
Dan Porter

Rule #1:Be positive, be kind. Be open minded. Don't be an elitist like the author of this article. Have FUN!

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