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

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Dave Eckblad
Author Sarah Stanley-Ayre going to techno heaven with friend Rachel Palmer.

7. Do not hit on me.

This one's easy. If you see me, don't hit on me. Don't grind up against me, don't put your groin area directly on me or really anywhere near me. This may come as a surprise, but I am not at this party to get laid or take drugs; I am here because I really dig techno and dancing with my eyes closed, and it is kind of hard to do that while you are screaming some nonsense into my ear and trying to touch me. If a girl wants you to hit on her, she will probably hit on you first. Social cues are a real thing.

6. The dance floor is not for conversations. Or Hula-Hoops.

I feel like this one should be pretty obvious, but apparently some people need a little help with the concept. You guys, it is really frustrating and distracting when people stand motionless in the middle of the dance floor and engage in conversation. You're kind of in the way. You're yelling at one another because the music is so loud, so everyone else can hear you screaming your heads off instead of the cool house track that we're trying to dance to. As for the Hula-Hoop thing...just please, do it somewhere else.

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Katherine Echols Moore
Dani Nelson provides an excellent example of playing it cool at a party.

5. Don't turn this thing into an amateur hour.

People get high. People get drunk. Sometimes people get high and drunk and then wind up taking a piss in the corner or losing their pants. Do not turn this party into amateur hour. Getting so messed up that something awful happens is not cool or attractive or fun. "Candy ravers" take note: Too many drugs can kill you.

4. Do not take your shirt off.

Nobody wants to see your naked, sweaty torso. Nobody wants to rub up against it, either. Please spare us the torment of coming into contact with your soggy chest hair. No shirt, no shoes, no party. (No shoes at a warehouse party? That's just stupid)


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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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