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Don't Be an Asshole or: A Few Words On The Subject of Rave Etiquette

There's no getting around it: At raves, things can get weird. Awkward. Uncomfortable.

Rave newbies often just don't know what they're getting into. True ravers -- not frat boys looking to act nuts or the randoms who know one song by a certain DJ -- follow a code of conduct, a mentality that traces its roots all the way back to the hippies and that peace-and-love stuff.

With the rave scene's rapid expansion, due in no small part to the popularity of mainstream artists like Skrillex and Steve Aoki, representatives of EDM, some Kandi Kids and ravers complain that the scene is losing touch with its roots. Yes, there are drugs. Mostly ecstasy. But that doesn't mean that your stoned behavior doesn't have consequences, and that the prevalence of mood enhancers makes it impossible to be annoyed by someone acting out of line.

So, in the spirit of our "Don't Be An Asshole" concert post, here are a few words on rave etiquette. Yes, drugs tend to loosen things up, but that doesn't mean there are no boundaries at a rave. Fucked out of your mind or not, you can go overboard. Yeah, even at a rave.

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Taylor Moon
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