Hey y’all hey!! Festivals are life and so fun, but what keeps you going to festivals is YOU! Whether you’re the rave mom, dad, or kid in your rave fam, uncomfortable situations can happen- so it’s best to be prepared as much as we can. Navigating uncomfortable situations at music festivals involves a mix of assertiveness, awareness, and good communication. In case you missed this convo on our latest episode, RaveTalks Season Finale, here’s our protocols for uncomfortable situations to keep in mind when attending a music event:
Trust Your Instincts:
- If something feels uncomfortable or unsafe, trust your instincts. Your safety and well-being should always be your top priority.
- Clearly communicate your boundaries to others. If someone is making you uncomfortable, assertively but politely let them know. Say something like, “I appreciate your interest, but I prefer to dance on my own right now.”
Have a Buddy System:
- Attend festivals with a friend or a group of friends. Having someone you trust by your side can provide a sense of security and support in uncomfortable situations.
Plan Exit Routes:
- Familiarize yourself with the festival layout and identify exit points or safe areas where you can go if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Use a Code Word:
- Establish a code word or phrase with your friends that signals you’re feeling uncomfortable and need assistance. This can help discreetly communicate your situation.
Stay in Well-Lit Areas:
- Stick to well-populated, well-lit areas at the festival, especially at night. Avoid isolated or dimly lit spots.
Utilize Security or Staff:
- If you encounter a persistent or threatening situation, seek assistance from festival security or staff. They are trained to handle these situations and ensure the safety of attendees.
Have a Plan B:
- If an uncomfortable situation persists or escalates, be prepared to leave the festival early if necessary. Make sure you have a transportation plan to get back to a safe location.
Trust Event Organizers:
- Reach out to the festival’s organizers or event staff if you experience serious issues. They are responsible for ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees.
- Take breaks when needed, stay hydrated, and prioritize your physical and mental well-being. Listen to your body and mind, and don’t hesitate to take a step back if things become overwhelming.
Use Your Phone:
- Stay connected with friends via phone or messaging apps. Share your location and keep each other updated on your whereabouts.
Be Mindful of Substance Use:
- If you choose to consume substances, do so responsibly and in moderation. Be aware of your surroundings and the effects the substances may have on your judgment and perception of situations.
Remember, your safety is paramount. Don’t hesitate to take action to protect yourself or seek assistance if you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation at a music festival. To learn more about navigating these situations and EDM festivals listen to our latest episode, RaveTalks Season Finale.