We’ve all been there, waving goodbye to our parents as we embark on yet another epic adventure into the unknown depths of the rave experience, texting them back during the event with a “I’m doing good!” to ensure them of your safety. But you know that the word “good” is a meager explanation for what you’re truly witnessing, your favorite DJ absolutely destroying the decks on stage as you bob your head in approval and soak in the sweet sound of escape. But what if you could bring your parent along to share in the experience that you love so much? What if you could take them with you on the journey, along the way allowing them to embrace the culture and discover for themselves that it’s not all about drugs like they saw on the news? Last week, after five years of consistent festival and EDM event-going, I finally got the opportunity to take my mom to an EDM event, and here are our discoveries along the way.
15 days before the event, which was a Fisher concert in Orlando, Florida, I realized that it was time for my mom to experience what her three children are always raving about, no pun intended. I invited her, bought our tickets, and she wrote it down in her calendar, as moms tend to do. When the night of the concert approached, I interviewed my mom to gain an understanding of her take on the entire EDM scene before she experienced it firsthand.
She said her original interpretation of the scene was negative, but she said she began to realize that PLUR (direct quote again) was a big part of it, and that majority of the people are good people gathering with loved ones to experience great music. Then, I made her some RAVE MOM kandi.
Fast forward to the concert, and I will let these direct quotes from my mom that I gathered in the Notes section of my iPhone describe where her head was at. I dare you not to laugh.
“I forgot what the P in PLUR means”, “I feel under tattooed”, “Looks like I forgot my tube top”, “I hope nobody ruffies me but if they pinch my butt that’s ok” “it smells like pot”.
My brother and I took her to the corner where a bunch of people were shuffling, and she really enjoyed watching them. She even started Irish dancing, which she did when she was a kid, and it was hilarious. When Fisher came on we found a solid spot by VIP and danced the night away.
The next morning, I did a follow up interview with my mom about her experience and how her perspective has changed. She said she was surprised by how nice the audience was, and she can’t believe how much energy we must expend at festivals. She said it takes a lot of energy to engage in the experience, which is very true. She said it was basically what she expected, but that it smelled “a little funky” in there. Because of this, she said she might enjoy a festival more because it’s outside and more open. She was happy about the security measures put in place at the venue, even though she worries about all of the mass shootings that have occurred lately, and she loved the shufflers. She mentioned that many people were there “to show themselves off, not about the music, more about how much attention they can garner”, which I believe is another fun aspect of the scene for some people.
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