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.
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.
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.
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.
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.