I’ve been to a few electronic music festivals, and at every one of them, I’ve made heaps of friends, most of which I still talk to now. I love that; how the music can bring us closer together. It doesn’t even matter what genre you’re into, or which headline act you’ve come to see when you’re together, you’re together. If you’ve ever been to an electronic music festival you’ll know what I mean, and if you haven’t, I’ll try to explain it a little more in detail.
The electronic music covers a wide range of genres, from European Dance Music (my fave!) to Techno (tied favourite actually) to House (they’re all my favourites, damn!). With the genres come the people, and electronic music attracts people from all walks of life. This is a big thing that makes the festivals so great, everyone is so open, and they’ve all come to enjoy the music. The fact that electronic music is so prone to making everyone bust out their dance moves does help, and you’ll soon loosen up once the beat drops, if you haven’t already.
My experience tells me that regardless of how shy you are or not, you’ll soon end up chatting away with your fellow electronic music fans, strangers at the start of the night but good friends by the end. Believe me when I say that it doesn’t even take that much effort on your behalf, a simple “Hey” is enough and has earned me many friends at festivals, great friends at that.
Take it from me, you will make a lot of friends if you decide to go to an electronic music festival. Everyone there doesn’t treat you, and shouldn’t be treated like, a stranger. The people there are your friends, they are willing to share stories and playlists, and their friends soon become your friends too. I’m a little introverted, which is why I appreciate how fast you can bond with people at electronic music festivals. I’m not your typical popular, run-of-the-mill, college student; but you wouldn’t be able to tell me that if you saw me at a festival. Like I said earlier, I’ve been to a few, so I know how to get involved in the scene quick. It’s nothing special though, and I can’t stress enough how simple it is to find yourself at the centre of the scene raving with the best people and drinking the best drinks.
If you’re worried about making friends, take my advice, and don’t stress about it. Pick a festival with great music, and the rest will fall into place. Take advantage of how open everyone is and don’t shy away from opening yourself up, you won’t ever regret it. I hope you have as great a time as I have in the past, and here’s to a great, electronically sounding future!