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Raves vs. Music Festivals: Which Is Right for You?

When looking to attend a music festival, you will likely come across 2 different types: raves and music festivals. Both have their kind of appeal, but many music fans don't know which one is a better choice for them. So let's take a look at the pros and cons of each so that you can decide which one is the best fit for your lifestyle. 

Raves and music festivals appeal to different people. They have live music, but their vibe is very different. From rave clothing to music genres, the two significantly differ. Of course, it’s not possible to be one or the other, but it’s a good idea to look at the differences between the two before buying tickets. 

A music festival is an event that features multiple musical acts playing in one designated venue. These events can be large or small and may last for a few hours or several days. Music festivals are often held in outdoor spaces, fields, or parks and can feature multiple stages. Each band plays at different times throughout the day or night, depending on their schedule. Some festivals have side stages with smaller acts playing earlier in the day so that attendees can see more bands without having to choose between them. 

A rave is a type of dance party in a warehouse, nightclub, or outdoor venue. Raves are typically characterized by techno music and involve dancing until the early hours of the morning. Similar to music festivals, there are often multiple rooms or ‘stages’ featuring different DJs so you can choose the music style that best suits your mood. Raves maintain a high level of energy throughout the night, whereas music festivals peak after the final headliner plays. 

Music festivals attract all walks of life, including 20 and 30-somethings, families, and fans of bands that might be featured in the festival. Rave attendees love to dress up in bright colors, dance all night, and attend these events often. A true raver will have a closet full of designated rave clothing showcasing various designs and colors, including mushroom patterns, dayglo, tie-dye, and neon. 

If you're going to a rave, you'll want to make sure that you're wearing clothes that make sense for the occasion. Raves can be held anywhere from warehouses to fields, so it's essential to dress appropriately for any location where they might be taking place. For example, if it's going to be outside at night, then you'll want to wear something warm and comfortable like a pleather bodysuit along with good dancing shoes such as boots or sneakers. Throw on a trippy, rainbow furry jacket, and you’ve got a complete look. On the other hand, if it's inside somewhere where it might get warm, then you should wear something light and fun. Choose a pink lightning crop top or an alien-themed reflective skirt to show off your style. The possibilities are endless. Make sure to check if there is a dress code. Sometimes raves have themes, and you’ll want to fit the part. Rave clothing is a great excuse to express a side of your personality not seen in your daily life. Let your imagination run wild. 

Music festivals are often at the height of the summer and can be drastic in their weather conditions. From scorching sun to endless rain, you’ll want to dress appropriately. While it is worth taking the time to enjoy all of the different musical genres and exciting people you will encounter at a festival, it is also essential to be prepared for the weather. The last thing you want is for the fun of the music to be overshadowed by sunburn or dehydration, so pack accordingly. Choose loose-fitting sundresses, shirts with billowing sleeves, and kimonos as they offer plenty of ventilation without sacrificing style. They can also easily be thrown over your bathing suit and shorts. Just make sure to pack a hat and sunscreen. 

Both raves and music festivals can be life-changing events with endless opportunities for self-discovery. You’ll want to consider what is most important to you when going to both festivals. Or you could try going to both and see what speaks to you! All you need is the right rave clothing, a good attitude, lots of water, and a few friends. 

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