So you've heard about these "cool rave parties." That cool girl in your Calculus class who wears the big pants talks about them, you've seen that story on Dateline where that kid passes out from nitrous. Sounds like fun, you say, so you decide to check this shit out. Good idea.

First, I suggest that you check out what to bring to a rave.

Now, you have to get dressed. Do not break out all of your trendy club gear. You are not going to a club. You are not going out tonight to try to hook up, you are not going out to try to impress someone. You are going out to dance for eight hours. When you think about this, you might realize that those four-inch platforms are not the best idea. The best thing for a girl to wear: a comfortable baggy pair of jeans, sneakers (do not even think about wearing anything else), and the smallest shirt possible (you are not out to hook up, but these things get really hot). The same thing applies for guys except for you have the unfair advantage of being able to take your shirt off. :)

Typically, the first reaction to trying to dance to techno is, "how do I dance to this stuff?" Well, first some ground rules: no humping your boyfriend on the dance floor. (I cannot stress this enough, You are not at a club!) And basically, that's it. You hear the beat? (How can you not, it's vibrating the floor underneath you!) Any way you move, as long as it corresponds with the beat is okay. Don't worry about looking stupid, nobody cares. Just have fun.

You will most likely be approached by people who you've never met before who will try to talk to you. This is not strange, these people are very nice. You will often be asked the question, "Are you rolling?" which means are you under the influence of 3,4-Methylenedioxy-n-methylamphetamine, or Ecstasy. If you answer yes, you will probably be treated to a light show or a back rub or a blow pop. If you answer no, you will be left alone.

And speaking of drugs, if you do choose to imbibe, drugs do not give you an excuse to act like an idiot. I know you feel good, but think twice before jumping into that roll pile in the corner that's already ten people strong.

Speaking of drugs, a lot of times buying XTC will get you a big dose of DXM.

Water is absolutely essential.

These places get crowded sometimes, and you will run into people. It is a common practice, if you bump into someone, acknowledge that person. A touch on the arm is all that needs to be done, then you can be on your merry way again. It's just friendly.

On a related note: I know, you've just discovered your awesome dance moves, but you have to constrain your body to the space available at the time. Not many people enjoy getting repeatedly ran into by sweaty newbie ravers who refuse to acknowledge that you're even there.

Come with a good attitude and no inhibitions, and you'll have a good time.

Bad ideas for first time ravers:

1.Wearing all that fancy expensive clothes on a party.Not just because everyone will know it's your first rave party nor because you'll be judged(ravers don't like mainstream but they don't judge anyone),but because you'll feel uncomfortable after few hours of dancing. You should wear most comfortable footwear you own(even Nikes),that rule stands for jeans too. If you want to be noticed,don't be shy wearing that weird neon top. That's what rave girls usually wear on this kind of events. For guys: you have a privilege to wear whatever you want,even though baggy clothes is preferred.But be sure not to mix it with that "gangsta" style lots of guys like to imitate these days. A party isn't a place where you will manage to "pimp" any "hoes" or whatever you guys call it.
2.
Avoid jumping if you're not on a jumpstyle or happy hardcore event(WTF?). You can dance like an idiot,you can afford yourself to make those dance moves you're always been ashamed of,but PLEASE DON'T JUMP. Because jumping like a moron equals accidentally pushing or even lightly hurting people around you,and as you know,there are lots of people on ecstasy on raves.You have NO IDEA how badly you affect on people on any kind of drugs when you do such things.
3.If you are drug-curious,avoid drinking alcohol before trying them.That can be fatal,or at least disgusting,and I'm sure you don't want to spend your first rave vomiting and pushing your head in the toilet.....
4.
....However,that can happen if you get bad (DXM,MDA,whatever) ecstasy pills,which is a common case even with old ravers. Try to inform about different pill logos and colors on the Internet,and also check the effects of drugs you plan to consume,they can suprise and shock people.In a bad way.
5.Don't be a rude jerk/bitch.
No matter how drugged that guy next to you is,if you have your glass of water,give him some. Or at least,give him a smile. That sometimes means a lot,and it's the best and simplest way to show you respect raver's only request - PLUR.
6.Don't try to seduce that cute girl with your "phrases that always work". She probably won't even hear you. It's not that meeting new people is something weird on these events,it's just DANCE. Dance is the primary way of communication on rave parties.
7.If you don't like that "annoying repetitive music" just leave. Don't force yourself to stay on a rave only because your friends or something. You won't have fun. Others won't have fun with you because you'll probably whine and just stand all the time. That's an obvious sign you should search for fun somewhere else,which isn't anything bad. Everyone has his own way of having a good time! PLUR

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