What to know before your first EDM festival

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What to know before your first EDM festival

DJ Gramps is an FAU student DJ that won a chance to DJ Owl Fest. Photo by Mohammed F Emran

What to know before your first EDM festival

DJ Luis Cabrera was one of the DJs that played in FAU’s first EDM concert, Owl Fest 2016. Photo by Mohammed F Emran

What to know before your first EDM festival

Photo by Mohammed F Emran

What to know before your first EDM festival

Photo by Mohammed F Emran

What to know before your first EDM festival

DJ Lx is an FAU student DJ that won a chance to DJ Owl Fest. Photo by Mohammed F Emran

What to know before your first EDM festival

Nu. F. O. is a trap music group from Boston that hosted Owl Fest 2016. Photo by Mohammed F Emran

What to know before your first EDM festival
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DJ Luis Cabrera was one of the DJs that played in FAU’s first EDM concert, Owl Fest 2016. Photo by Mohammed F Emran

What to know before your first EDM festival

Glowkids performing. Photo by Mohammed F Emran

What to know before your first EDM festival

Photo by Mohammed F Emran

What to know before your first EDM festival

Photo by Mohammed F Emran

What to know before your first EDM festival

Photo by Mohammed F Emran

Throughout the summer festival season, girls romp around in high-waisted cut offs and long, wispy braids. But, on the other side of indie rock and bubblegum pop is something more electric. So much so, they call it Electronic Dance Music.

As one of those girls who will happily prance around an open field with friends and feel-good music on a sunny day, an EDM festival was something new to me.

Owl Fest 2016’s main act, Glowkids. Photo by Mohammed F Emran

Before the event, I sat down with the main act, GLOWKIDS, to get an idea of what was in store. The Boston-based duo that markets themselves as “interstellar” has played venues like the Comcast Center and at events like Identity Festival, so they knew a thing or two about how the night would go.

GK: How would you market an EDM festival to someone who is thinking of going for the first time?

TS: With festivals, there’s multiple stages, multiple artists. So, you’re being exposed to a lot of different kinds of music, a lot of different style, which is really cool to be a first-time festival goer because you might see house on one stage and techno on another stage, and if you don’t like one you might like the other.

What is one of your favorite aspects of EDM festivals?

Festivals are a big atmosphere, so you meet a lot of people. A lot of them have interactive elements, different stations set up. There’s just a lot going on, and it’s not like you’re stuck in one room for four hours.

What should a first-timer be prepared for?

They should expect maybe being overwhelmed at first just because, depending on the size of the festival, there’s a lot people. There’s a lot going on. Expect a lot of energy and a lot of people.

What should someone wear to an EDM festival?

Definitely be comfortable. If you’re at a festival, you’re probably gonna be dancing. You don’t have to wear a certain thing unless there’s a dress code.

Are there any major faux pas a newcomer should avoid?

No, not really. Some people are worried about how to dance sometimes, but just feel what you feel like doing because that’s what everyone else is doing.

What is your final piece of advice?

Just do your thing and have fun. And stay hydrated!

 

So, I went into the event prepared to experience something other-wordly. And with scantily dressed girls standing on stilts and wrapped in silks to glow-in-the dark face paint and pyrotechnics, my first EDM experience was everything I could’ve hoped it to be. Now, granted the concert was hosted by my university, it was what I imagine is on the tame side. But, I felt it best that I ease myself into this world just to get a taste and see if it’s for me.

Photo by Mohammed F Emran.
Photo by Mohammed F Emran.

I dressed in bright colors with diffraction glasses (courtesy of a friend who is a festival connoisseur compared to me) and donned a braid down my center part with glow-sticks on me at all times. I danced for hours to music I had never heard before, not caring what those around me may have thought.

The music was only half of it. The people really set the atmosphere, and when you’re with good people, you’re bound to have a good time.

Photo by Mohammed F Emran

Overall, being in a place where you can just let go is what a college student needs every once in awhile, and I’m definitely ready for more.

 

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