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How to act at your first rave

How to act at your first rave

You’ve just bought a ticket to your first rave and you’re counting down the days until RAVE DAY! Now it’s time for the hard part, figuring out what to wear to a rave. Rave outfits are all about self-expression where the possibilities are limitless.

Every rave is unique and has its own style and vibe. Check out our article, “How Do I Know What To Wear To Each Festival” to get a better idea of what other ravers are wearing to each event.

Whether it’s your first rave or you’re a seasoned veteran, here are 10 essential things you’ll want to bring to feel rave ready.

What to Wear to a Rave:

1. Kandi

This is one of the biggest staples in rave culture. You can use kandi to accessorize, express yourself, connect with other ravers, and spread P.L.U.R! (Peace, Love, Unity, & Respect – 4 principles that rave culture is based on)

Get together with your besties beforehand and make enough kandi for yourself and others. Trading and collecting kandi is extremely fun and can give you the chance to meet friends that’ll last a lifetime. Waking up to your treasures can bring back a rush of memories.

How to act at your first rave

2. Comfortable Shoes

Your shoe choice is just as important as the rest of your fit when deciding what to wear to a rave. Be sure you’re wearing closed toe shoes as you’ll likely bump into a few people when you’re killing it on the dance floor. From combat boots, sneakersand platform boots – anything goes as long as you are comfortable and think you can walk and dance for up to 8 hours or longer! Check out our stylish collection of Rave Shoes that’ll keep you feeling like a rave queen all night long.

How to act at your first rave

3. Unique Clothing

Rave clothing is both stylish and functional. When you’re out dancing for hours, comfort is just as important as your look. Comfort means different things to different people- so whether you’re down to rock sky-high platforms and a sparkly corset or would rather don a mesh tee and fishnets, let your personal style shine at festivals.

You can never go wrong with pastel colors, trippy prints or vibrant colors. We have a ton of new styles that are super unique so you can express yourself through your rave outfits.

How to act at your first rave

4. Ear Plugs

If you want to enjoy listening to music later in life or just to maintain your hearing in general, high-fidelity ear plugs are a must. These noise-reducing ear plugs will help protect your ears all night from hearing damage without compromising the sound-quality of the music. When considering what to wear to a rave- do not forget ear plugs.

If you’re attending a camping festival, you might also want to bring a pair of foam or ear plugs. Nothing is worse than losing out on your beauty sleep because of the people partying all night at the next site over. Rest up so you can go off the next day.

5. Backpack / Fanny Pack

Keep your valuables safe & secure, so you can enjoy your night without a worry. Accessorize your rave outfit with a cute fanny pack and tear up the dance floor hands-free. There are a ton of fashionable styles that can be just what you need to complete your look.

How to act at your first rave

6. Hydration Pack

When you’re at a music festival, the thirst can be real. Staying hydrated is super important, but it can be extremely easy to forget when the music is blasting and the hours are passing by.

Water bottles are pretty overpriced at festivals, but there are usually water refill stations at raves where you can refill your container for free. Hydration packs are great for music festivals because they can carry enough water so that you can spend more time at the main stage with your favorite DJ. Make sure to choose a hydration pack that coordinates with at least one of your rave outfits.

How to act at your first rave

7. Face Mask / Bandana

Protect your lungs from all the dust and debris that can get kicked up from the thousands of people attending the festival. You don’t want to spend the following days after the rave coughing your lungs up, so it’s best to just take precautions and cover up.

We have a ton of trippy and stylish face mask bandanas for dusty EDM festival grounds. Find the perfect design to go with your outfit or coordinate with your festie besties.

How to act at your first rave

8. Rave Glasses

From day to night, rave glasses and goggles are super fun to wear. The stage production at raves are epic, so you might want to consider wearing a pair of shades for the intense lasers, strobe lights, and visuals if you have sensitive eyes. If you are going for a psychedelic or cyber look, this accessory can level up your rave outfits.

If you want to enhance the visual experience of a rave, there are special types of glasses that can make you see the world in a new light! Check out diffraction glasses and kaleidoscope goggles for the trippiest visuals ever.

How to act at your first rave

9. Face Glitter, Jewels & Body Stickers

Rave day isn’t just any day- it’s one of the few times of the year where you can go all out without having to worry about what others think. Most people at the festival grounds will be dressed up just as crazy as you (if not crazier).

Once you have your look all planned out, take it to the next level with some chunky glitter, face jewels or body stickers. You’ll look fabulous from head to toe with these dazzling details

How to act at your first rave

10. Reflective Clothing/ Accessories

Light up the night in a reflective fit. Reflective clothing and accessories will make your whole squad stand out. The clothing is activated by the flash in your phone camera and instantly transforms your look.

How to act at your first rave

Extra Things to Bring:

  • Portable Charger
  • Wet Wipes / Baby Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer (Sealed)
  • Chapstick (Sealed)
  • Gum (Sealed)

The most important things to remember are to wear clothes you feel comfortable in and check the weather before heading out! Keep an open mind and get ready for an experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime!

Is a rave a party where people twerk and dance with loud music? That’s one definition, yes. Raves are generally considered to be large parties with lots of electronic music, lights, and dancing.

Are raves illegal?

Most raves are illegal and take place outside or in poorly heated warehouses, so keeping warm is a priority. However, there is no set dress code for the illegal rave scene.

Are raves dangerous?

Outlaw raves are the most dangerous, primarily because there’s ZERO guarantee of protection or security. Moreover, even going to them can get you arrested, since they’re most often held on illegal abandoned property.

Why do people wear bracelets to raves?

It has come to represent a kindness that brings the rave community closer by being a conversation starter that can double as a gift. The story I heard is that drug dealers would wear beads and bright, neon colors so they could be noticed. Fans were attracted to the craft and it became an iconic symbol of dance music.

How old do I have to be to go to a rave?

Recently the rave scene has been expanding over southern California. I have friends who are over 18 and they always tell me how much fun they have at raves. A couple of years ago the age limit to enter a rave was either all ages or 16 & over.

Why are raves so fun?

Raves encourage socialization.

When someone say they rave because of their friends or because they want to broaden their network, it is essentially true. Being with people is a natural instinct for us humans. In venues like raves, it may be a little hard to consider how socializing can be done.

What drugs are used at raves?

Club drugs range from entactogens such as MDMA (“ecstasy”), 2C-B (“nexus”) and inhalants (e.g., nitrous oxide and poppers) to stimulants (e.g., amphetamine and cocaine), depressants/sedatives (Quaaludes, GHB, Rohypnol) and psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs (LSD, magic mushrooms and DMT).

How do you stay safe at a rave?

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Is EDC a rave?

Coachella is a festival that features EDM but isn’t considered a rave. On the other hand, EDC is both a rave and a festival, but warehouse and underground events are simply just raves.

Why are raves illegal?

Ecstasy and raves were understood to go hand in hand – and in order to prevent “our children” from becoming drug addicts or potentially dying, rave culture was criminalised. The 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Act made raves illegal – more on that later. Rave culture, of course, did not disappear.

What should I wear to my first rave?

Whether it’s your first rave or you’re a seasoned veteran, here are 10 essential things you’ll want to bring to feel rave ready!

What to Wear to a Rave:

  • Kandi.
  • Comfortable Shoes.
  • Breathable Clothing.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Backpack / Fanny Pack.
  • Hydration Pack.
  • Face Mask / Bandana.
  • Sunglasses.

What is a rave BAE?

A guy/girl you meet at a rave that acts like a S/O until the end of the night and is never to be seen again after the rave is over. Job description includes, but is not limited to: disappearing together for the entire rave, hardcore grinding, repelling lone ravers in your vicinity, and meeting other rave bae couples.

Whistling in the DJ’s ears at every drop is a frowned upon action.

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How to act at your first rave

There are ways to behave in the dance. At some point in all of our rave histories, we have come across weird happenings, calamity comedy, bizarre moments, sheer stupidity and blind lunacy.

Just what is acceptable and appropriate practice on a night out? Today, I look at some critical dos and don’ts of how to act when at a rave. (Please note: the following points are all to be taken with a pinch of salt, and, as always, are open to debate!)

Often, the DJ sets the tone of an event and, usually, typical behaviour will follow. Take Steve Aoki as an example. Aoki throws cake at his fans. I am not sure what sort of behaviour this envokes, but it certainly creates a point of difference, and no man or woman leaves the dance hungry (or clean). It creates a vibe.

On the flip side, you could be one of those idiots, recording most of the DJs set – which is just asking for some form of retribution. Here, we need to look no further than Richie Hawtin. Hawtin caught one reveller mid-recording, lost his mind and slammed a monitor speaker straight into the perpetrator.

This example throws up my first DON’T.

DON’T [email protected]*s off Richie Hawtin.

As much as I would like to offer personal examples for every DO and DON’T, I want to share other people’s input and experiences. I created a Facebook thread to research the piece and have taken some of the best ones.

Let’s start with the DOs.

DO

Purchase an over-priced beverage and head straight to the dancefloor to support the early DJ.

Just good etiquette. The warm-up DJ needs support. These DJs have the toughest job of the night, and it is often the most underappreciated. Make sure you enter the venue, buy a single JD and Coke for £27 and head front-right of the booth to cut some shapes (whilst contemplating re-mortgaging the house for another round of drinks)

Refill a beverage if you knock it out of a fellow ravers hand when bumping around those clumsy clown arms. Spacial awareness is of paramount importance.

Offer to replace a drink that you slapped out of a fellow raver’s hand when getting a little too boisterous after a sneaky bump. It is just good manners. As we are now in 2021, equal rights are a thing, so this should be the case for all sexes. Know who is around you, and do not invade others personal space bubbles.

Cut about with a smile on your face.

Nobody needs your attitude or moody vibes. There is simply no time in a rave for negative behaviour.

Look after your squad and NEVER leave a friend behind.

Every friend group is likely to produce a ‘man down’ whilst in the dance. Stay with that friend, help them through their sometimes stupid decisions and always keep a full rave team together. Support one another and be kind.

Shower the DJ with gifts.

If the DJ is creating those memories for you and is doing a good job, show them some love! Offer cigarettes as I guarantee they will be a much-needed gift and gratefully accepted. Pass them a fresh bottle of water. This is a mark of RESPECT.

HAVE FUN.

The dos are a lot trickier to talk about than the don’ts. It is human nature to remember the things that negatively impact a particular event or our memories of them, rather than the things that enhance the night. However, let’s now look at those definite rave etiquette no go areas.

DON’T

Chant “OI OI” “Whoomp There It Is” or any other annoying snippet.

The chant always splits opinions. Chanting is like marmite. I, for one, cannot stand it. Some will argue that it is a sign of respect. That it appreciates the energy in the room and that the DJ is performing well. I curse the originator of the ‘chant at a rave’ movement. Many want to feed off the music, get in their zone and space whilst entering a bubble of pleasure. The last thing needed is shouting in the ears, especially things, that are not relevant to the action. Chanting belongs in a meme. Whilst you may be enjoying it, nobody else is.

Chew the DJs ear off.

We all have a story to tell, and they are probably very interesting. However, there is a time and a place to tell them. The smoking area maybe? The DJ is there to do a job and focus. A DJ does not want to listen to a ‘booth [email protected]’ bang on about how they played vinyl in the

’80s. There is no interest in knowing how you would have hit the big time, before injuring a thumb and had to retire.

Wear high heels at CIRCOLOCO.

I am not sure if this falls under a different bracket to rave etiquette but, I feel it is critical to mention. Correct attire is extremely important when attending a rave. High heels are not acceptable. Not only will they affect your leg mobility, shape cutting, and comfort, you run the risk of injuring many an unsuspecting compatriot. The action of wearing high heels to a rave is frowned upon.

Go all-in, too quickly on the packet.

Whatever you do, do not be that one person that is found sitting in the corner of the main room, face gurning, and with zero ability to function. Enjoy the music, create positive memories and take things at a steady pace. By all means, have fun, but be safe and use things in moderation.

Ask the DJ for a MIC to spit some sh** bars.

An all too familiar occurrence. The DJ will 100% not give you a microphone to spit your bars. Those same bars performed at every rave you have been to since day one to anyone unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity of your lurking eyes, stalking their prey.

Get out your phone to record drops.

One of the most annoying things at any rave is the number of phones on show. Not only because it ruins the live experience, but for many around you, it wrecks theirs too. There is a very special, and bad place in the world for people that have their flash on a video and, nonchalantly turn the camera round to capture the room, shining it in a fellow raver’s face. IT BLINDS! STOP THIS.

I am sure that there are endless possibilities for additions to the lists above, but will leave the rest to your own experiences and thoughts. I am here to get the ball rolling and open up the room for discussion – acting as the ice-breaker for debate.

We all know the feeling; you've just had an epic weekend at Ultra, Beyond Wonderland, a warehouse party or wherever you were, and now it's Monday and you have to go back to the "real-world," but you feel empty. Post-Rave Depression is real because your endorphins and serotonin levels have been depleted, so you can feel pretty down. In order to help get back to equilibrium, here are some easy things to keep in mind.

Relive The Glory:

  • Although this may seem counterproductive, nostalgia has a massive effect on happiness and re-watching live streams, listening to the sets and looking at pictures can help you relive the experience you had this weekend. This will help cheer you up after feeling depleted.

Go On A Hike:

  • The beauty and serenity of nature can be euphoric, and after experiencing such an epic weekend it can be great to just immerse yourself in it. Physical exercise also releases endorphins which will brighten up your day, not to mention you will feel great and accomplished for getting out of the house and exercising. Also, getting out in the sun is the best source for Vitamin D, which will make you feel recharged.

Hang Out With Friends:

  • When you wake up the next morning after a long night out, your first instinct may be to lock the door and not leave your room for 24 hours. This can be counterproductive. It's important to surround yourself with good people. This can work to cheer you up in pretty much any situation, but enjoying someone else's company is a good way to decompress. If you were all there at the party, then you all feel the same way afterwards and that collective effervescence can serve to bring everyone back to their normal cheerful selves. 

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Watch A Good Movie:

  • You can either host a movie night at your house or go see a movie in theaters, but just sitting back, relaxing, and watching a good movie will take your mind on an adventure that can be perfect for you right now. Focusing on something other than how bad you feel is absolutely necessary.

Do Something Creative:

  • Take your amazing experiences this weekend and use them as inspiration. Whether it be building something, drawing or making music, doing anything creative after a big weekend can help show yourself how inspired you get just by living your life to the fullest. If you're not the creative type, you'll be surprised about what will come out with just a little effort after a crazy weekend. Write a story, draw some pictures, paint, write a song, do anything you want to just express yourself. 

Grab Sushi or Ramen:

  • This is a personal favorite for decompression. Good food that's easy to eat and usually goes great with a beer, just one, can be perfect. These are also places you can go with your best friend and just relax and eat, while laughing about the shenanigans of the weekend. Having a light meal that's also filling is crucial.

So while you're stuck back at work feeling groggy, just remember, afterwards there are so many things you can do to feel like your amazing self again. Just give one or more of these a try and bounce back from the post rave blues!

How to act at your first rave

I officially launched the campaign to Amend the RAVE Act (ATRA) on August 31, 2014, on the first anniversary of the death of my daughter, Shelley.

The goal of the campaign is to amend the 2003 Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act (better known by its earlier name, the Reducing American’s Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act, or the RAVE Act) in order to make EDM festivals and concerts safer for our young people. Specifically, I am asking for language to be added to the law to make it clear that event organizers and venue owners can implement safety measures to reduce the risk of medical emergencies, including those associated with drug use, without fear of prosecution by federal authorities. As the law currently stands, many owners believe that they will be accused of “maintaining a drug involved premises” under the act if they institute such measures, opening themselves to criminal or civil prosecution.

Please sign the petition to Congress and help me amend the act in order to clarify its original intent and ensure it is no longer misinterpreted in ways that jeopardize the health and safety of our youth.

Background: The Problem and the Solution

The Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act was passed to address a very specific problem in the late 1990s and early 2000s, namely, underground “rave” parties whose promoters were knowingly and intentionally enabling the use and sale of illegal drugs at their events. By expanding “crack house” laws to apply to commercial venues, the law was intended to give federal prosecutors a new tool to go after “rogue promoters” who were profiting from events that were seen as little more than illegal “drug parties.”

Significantly, the RAVE Act has achieved its goals. Today, the problem of underground “raves” has largely subsided. At the same time, electronic dance music (EDM) has gone mainstream. EDM concerts and festivals today are huge, multimillion dollar events that attract hundreds of thousands of patrons each year. Although organizers work to keep drugs out and protect their patrons, even their best efforts—and those of law enforcement—cannot prevent all drug use from occurring at these events. (Many people, for example, will consume their drugs even before arriving at the venue.) Because there will always be young people who choose to experiment with alcohol and drugs when they go to music events, it is critical that we adopt a “safety first” approach that emphasizes harm reduction alongside current law enforcement efforts.

The Plan: How to Get from Here to There

I am committed to making sure these tragedies do not happen to other families. This fall, therefore, I will be meeting with members of Congress to craft legislation to remedy the problems with the original language of the Act.

I have already begun consulting with multiple stakeholders, including friends and family, concert and festival organizers, college students, medical professionals, drug enforcement agencies, as well as harm reduction and drug policy organizations. You can help too. By signing this petition to Congress, you will help change a dangerous public health situation. We will not stop until there are no more deaths at dance events.

Improving student safety engagement is a challenge that continues to stump campus safety leaders. Getting college students, a population that’s notoriously bad at engaging with their own parents while at school, to interact with campus safety tools and safety officials is a tall order. While the issue of student safety engagement—or lack thereof— is certainly a tricky problem to solve, fostering an engaged student community can fundamentally change how campus safety operates on campus, transforming a department traditionally stuck performing reactive policing to one that’s able to take a proactive problem-solving approach to keeping students safe. Pursuing the following goals can build a bridge between students and campus safety, helping change the way campuses are protected for the better:

  • Improve student situational awareness
  • Redefine the role of campus safety officials within the campus community
  • Align safety resources with student behaviors

Improve Student Situational Awareness

Keeping a campus community safe and healthy requires students to be aware of what’s happening around them. Students also need to know about the safety tools they have access to and how to use them. To make students aware of safety issues they often need to be educated about the larger community they’re living in, including crime statistics off and on campus. The point of sharing crime stats is not to create fear. It is to develop students’ understanding of the potential risks campus safety officers are there to protect them from—helping students understand the protective role of campus safety can help them see campus safety officers as the good guys instead of the party police, more on that later. Finally, don’t assume students know how to keep themselves safe. Teaching personal safety basics is a powerful way to raise baseline safety awareness on campus. With a better understanding of the safety risks present in their community, students may be more inclined to read safety notifications instead of blindly dismissing them.

With an understanding of safety risks on campus, students will have a better idea of what suspicious behavior looks like, which they can report to help campus safety get ahead of problems. Student reporting (read: student engagement) is what shifts the role of campus safety from reactive policing to proactive problem solving. In short, teach students about risks, teach them what to look for and teach them what to do if they see something. A critical topic to cover when teaching students about campus safety, and their role in it, is what happens when they report something. Specifically, what happens to them when they report something potentially not directly involving them. For example, a student witnesses an act of violence or harassment at a party where underage drinking is happening. If it is unclear what consequences that student may face for reporting what they saw, or what may happen to the other students at the party, they may be hesitant to report the problem for fear of getting in themselves or their peers in trouble.

To improve student safety engagement, it’s important to remove as many of these barriers to action as possible. Leveraging a mobile app that allows students to submit confidential and anonymous tips to campus safety is a way to reduce reporting hesitation. Apps that have two-way communication capabilities allow campus safety to speak directly with the student reporting an issue. The extra communication gives campus safety better information about the event and enables a fast, informed, response.

Redefine the Role of Campus Safety Within the Campus Community

Consider this perspective, if campus safety, or campus police, are people your students hope they never see, then it’s unlikely students will reach out proactively to report suspicious or criminal activity. Said differently, a student is not likely to share sensitive information with someone they have no relationship with or are fearful of – maybe assuming they are out to get them in the first place. Without an understanding of the larger role of campus safety officials, and the way students can interact with them, students may have a warped perspective of the role of campus safety as party police—there only to ruin a fun time.

To change this perspective, campus safety needs to be present as more than just party police. Making an effort to meet with students during their normal routine is an easy way to develop a different relationship with them. Host coffee with cops style events (students love FREE donuts and pizza) and encourage students to ask campus safety leadership and officers questions about their jobs, and perhaps more importantly, what they do outside of work. If campus safety officers are seen as normal people who are working to keep students safe vs. get students in trouble, students may be more likely to engage (even if it’s only anonymously).

Align Safety Resources with Student Behaviors

Higher education institutions have implemented many resources, including mass notification systems, emergency telephones or blue lights, mobile safety apps and security card access, to keep students safe on and off campus. However, sometimes the way these resources are introduced to students misses the mark.

Take, for example, a college that has invested in a mobile safety app with a virtual escort feature. This app is often pitched to students as something they can use when they leave the library late, after a long night of studying, and they want a guardian watching them to ensure they get home safe. While that is a great use case for a virtual escort, it’s one that may grab parents stronger than students. Tweaking the pitch slightly to describe the app as a dating safety app may not resonate the same way with parents, but for students, it could be a game changer to get more people using it. Meeting students where they are, in terms of how ‘they’ determine what they think is important, and speaking their language, is foundational to improving student safety engagement.

Gen-Z students, born between 1997 and 2012 and make up the majority of the undergraduate student body, primarily use their phones to communicate. Campus safety’s ability to meet these students where they are – on their phones – is a determining factor in how engaged the student community will be with campus safety. Communicating safety information to students through their phones, in an app interface that feels familiar, makes it that much easier for a student to report a safety event – or read a safety notification at all. Giving Gen-Z students a tool they already feel familiar with can make them feel like they’re on a level playing field with campus safety and it can give them the confidence boost they need to increase their safety involvement on campus.

Improving student safety engagement is a goal that’s best addressed from multiple angles. While it may take time, and a considerable amount of focused effort, the return on investment translates to a safer and happier campus community where students can thrive knowing they are protected. If you are ready to start, or double down, on your student safety engagement initiatives we want to hear from you. Let’s Talk!

How to act at your first rave

Renowned Dutch events organisation Audio Obscura have announced their latest plans in the realm of unique events at iconic locations. On April 14th, Adriatique will become the first electronic music act to ever perform at an event at Amsterdam Central Station.

With the event, Audio Obscura are continuing in their trend of scouting out Amsterdam’s best locations and creating a completely unparalleled live experience.

Audio Obscura has a long standing history of setting up the most unique events in Amsterdam’s finest locations. From Joris Voorn‘s night at Het Concertgebouw to the legendary Underworld performing underneath the Rijksmuseum, they’ve made it happen and currently the end is nowhere near in sight.

How to act at your first rave

Adriatique are inarguably the biggest Swiss DJ act of the moment, with a slew of releases on Diynamic and more recently, the inception of their very own record label Siamese. Adriatique have toured the world with Solomun, successfully kickstarted their own event concept Siamese in Amsterdam, London and Milan and are now set to break new ground with this event as well.

Adriatique will be releasing their new EP ‘Ray’ on Tale of Us’ highly revered label Afterlife on Friday March 9th, making this the first solo release on the label for the Zürich-based duo.

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So I'm a bit nervous that i may do something and be "That Guy". Please anyone can you give me some tips advice or words of wisdom? Thanks in advance.

No one will remember who you are, free yourself from boundaries and act and dance like you've always wanted to, or just watch the moves you want to copy. There's nothing really bad to do at a rave.

Imitation can be flattering, especially if you find yourself syncing with someone with a little style.

Dance like nobody's watching you if you're feelin' it, but do watch the people around you to make sure you don't hit them. Feel the vibe of the crowd. If there's a good DJ there, they should have it timed so there's songs to dance your face off to and others that are slower to catch your breath. Feel the music, mannnn.

If you look like you're having a good time and you're not flailing your arms around wildly and making people dodge you, you'll do fine.

Got glowy shit? Bring that with you, play with it, everyone loves glowy shit.

Stay hydrated. If you're drinking alcohol, drink a glass of water in between each so you don't completely dehydrate yourself when you dance. (Assuming this place has a bar. I dunno what kind of rave you're off to, exactly.)

Watch your drink. If you set it down and take your eyes off it, don't drink out of it again. (Since you're worried about being "that guy" I'll assume you are a guy, but that doesn't mean A. nobody would drug your drink, and B. nobody would drug your drink thinking it belongs to a girl.)

And don't buy drugs there. There's no real telling what you're getting without a test kit, especially from some rando who knows they'll probably never see you again drugs are bad, mmkay? (You may not be into that anyway, but for real, there's some nasty shit floating around out there.)

So 1) relax and enjoy the night. 2) stay hydrated. 3) don't take my eye off my drink till it's gone. right?

You might want to bring earplugs, in case you play get tired and want to take a break from the pounding music without leaving.

Wear a tail! Seriously it's one place where a ton of folks will have tails not just furs : )

Wait, wait, wait. So there IS such a thing as a furry rave!? Why did nobody tell me that when I started that shitstorm of a thread last night lol? Sounds like my idea of a good time for sure. Let me guess, invite only?

No it had a cover fee though. $5

say no to drugs.

Sound advice from a tiger bent on world domination.

or you'll become this thing. not sure if if gud or bad. idk how he's feeling xD

Those still exist? The last rave I went to was about 10 years ago. Unless you count the tiny little furcon dances. I don't remember any of the drugs people often talked about during that time and I wasn't the only one just chilling in the back enjoying the music. I was too young to drink but I assume if I were to find a rave today I would just get a bit tipsy and dance myself all night.

As for being "That Guy," just use common sense. People aren't really going to be paying attention to what you're doing unless you're being an asshole. So don't be an asshole and it'll all be good.

It is VERY important that you stay hydrated. A lot of venues will let you bring in sealed bottles of water, or you can get water at the venue. It's very crowded and thus very hot. You'll be sweating out most of the water in your system. It's very important that you keep giving your body water. Just be sure to keep an eye on it. Always keep it either in your hands or in a bag where nobody could get to it without you noticing.

As for drugs, I strongly suggest that you do not do them. The effects can be unpredictable, and what you think are pure blends could very easily be laced with other drugs. That being said, should you decide to do drugs, be smart about it. STAY HYDRATED. Ex/Molly raise your body heat like crazy, and if you're dancing that's only going to make it worse. Don't do any drugs you don't have experience with. Again, the effects can be very unpredictable and your first time trying them should be done in private.

You'll also need to decide how comfortable or intense an experience you want. If you want something more tame, stay toward the back where the music isn't as loud and it's not as crowded. If you're interested mostly in the music, bring earplugs. In my experience that's the only way to actually be able to hear anything but garbled noise. If you want a more intense experience, go closer to the front. It'll be more crowded and uncomfortable, but can also be a lot more fun.

Basically just use common sense, have fun, and don't be an asshole, and you'll have a great time :3

First time meeting father of your girlfriend is a great step in a relationship.

The feeling may, though, be a little stressful. Parents – father in particular – defend their daughters very well.

He needs to be at ease with the thought of you as a boyfriend, or maybe the potential man of her future.

Follow these tips to talk to your girlfriend’s father for the first time below, and your girlfriend’s dad’s going to rave all his buddies about you.

1. Give a good first impression.

It’s a cliché, but that is the fact of the matter. you never get a second chance to make a first impression about you.

In fact, creating a great first impression is one of the proven ways to make a girl fall deeply in love with you.

As you’re able to show to her dad you are making effort to present yourself well in front of him for her sake.

Your dad’s girlfriend would look you up and make judgments about you the second you step in the house.

First of all, dress up nice. There is nothing more conveying about your personality than your attire.

In addition to your name, it is the first thing your girlfriend’s father would take in when they open the front door.

Even if you’re at their home for just enjoying a nice meal, dress nicely and put together.

Khakis and a good polo shirt can hardly go wrong. Do not add something that shocking. If you need to iron the clothes, iron them.

Make extra effort to shave and have your cut. Let it look as though you were really excited to meet her father, and that’s just what her father needs to see.

He wants to see his daughter meet a man who is ready enough to marry her daughter.

Next, give a polite salutation. Look him in the eye, smile, and give a strong handshake, as soon as you meet her dad. Call him “Sir” until he wants you to call him by his first name.

If in the close future there are signs your girlfriend’s parents don’t like you, maybe you need to take a step back and evaluate whether you’ve done it wrong on calling them on the first name basis.

2. Bring a gift.

This doesn’t even matter if her dad is used to getting presents on these events or not.

When he is, then you will have given something nice. When he is not, otherwise you’ve surpassed his standards.

Only be careful of what you are getting. Do the research. You might not want to buy a bottle of liquor, as the assumption might be inaccurate.

Nonetheless, choosing the right bottle might open the doors to some male bonding if her dad is a liquor fan.

3. Opt to interaction.
One of the tips to talk to your girlfriend’s father for the first time is to act genuinely interested in people.

People admire those who appear to be involved in their lives, and enjoy learning about themselves.

So ask your girlfriend’s dad questions and listen closely while he’s talking to you.

Ask follow-up questions as he explains you things, to get more information. Then follow these basic principles of polite conversation:

  • avoid controversial topics,
  • don’t interrupt,
  • don’t swear,
  • listen more than you talk,
  • tailor the conversation to the listener,
  • take your turn,
  • think before you speak,
  • make eye contact, etc.

4. Find something in common.

You still have to reach a compromise. You might like the same games, maybe the same teams, too.

You can enjoy movies, songs, or food close to this. If you stick around long enough you will still find common ground.

But, if you cannot find any same interest to share with your girlfriend’s father, you should all agree that his daughter is a beautiful girl.

When anything else fails, think of how wonderful she is, and how happy you were to have her.

5. Avoid inappropriate physical contact with your girlfriend.

It’s no secret that you slept together, but it doesn’t mean it her father needs to see you running your hands on her.

There’s a kind of thing like too much public displays of affection, particularly while hanging out with her family.

Her father wants you to show some love for his daughter at the same time, because she’s his daughter, indeed.

He wants her to have a man who is caring for her and outgoing with her. You need to find that balance.

Take it step by step with a hand hold and guesstimate the reaction of her father.

6. Give compliment whenever possible.

Telling how great their house is almost always a good idea. If the place is obviously a mess, of course avoid it.

Giving appreciation, if not genuine, will turn out badly. Always praise the grub, if they prepare for you.

And ask for seconds although you’re not hungry. Tell your girlfriend something sweet too.

His father raised her up and at the same time you’re also trying to impress him.

You will of course not exaggerate it with the praise. The contrast between being a kiss-up and being friendly is huge.

7. Be polite and mindful of his values and beliefs.

Under the sun and moon you could all agree on just about everything. This does happen, but it can eventuate the exact reverse too.

What you don’t want to do is triggering a debate where you are trying to prove her dad’s wrong. No one likes to be proved wrong.

If you’re trying to tell her father wrong, you’re apt to offend him, rather than convincing him.

Depending on the man her father is, though, you may want to prove him that you have a backbone; that you have principles.

You may not value his, but you’re not going to get away from yours. This is one of the basic yet most important things in a relationship, whether it’s with your girlfriend, her family, or anyone.

8. Don’t be nervous.

Oh, don’t even be worried if you are. Part about how we judge a man is linked to his honesty and self-reliance.

And if her father unsettles you, and sizes you distinctly, do not act afraid. Look him in the eye right on ahead. Talk concisely, and clearly.

Just glaring at your feet and cracking out in a panic you’ll never win his manly respect.

There are many ways how to know when people are lying, and if you look sketchy, he might think you’ve got something to hide.

9. Leave a good impression.

It’s just as relevant how you leave your girlfriend’s house as how you get in. Leave them to think of you as great memories.

Upon going, thank your girlfriend’s father for the meeting. Tell him what a delight it was to see him.

Re-shake hands. Give him a nice one, as he goes in for the hug. If it was a short meeting, you need not write a thank you letter.

Unless he offered you dinner, or you stayed at his place, give him a note of appreciation.

If you’ve been a guest of the overnight stay, you should do so when still in his home; leave the note on your bed or kitchen counter.

Remember, you’re striving to present the strongest side of yourself much like a job interview, so play your best and learn how to put a good twist on certain facts.

These tips to talk to your girlfriend’s father for the first time will always be ready to get your back on nailing that not-so-daunting first meeting.