Tips on Con Raves
I decided to give tips on con Raves. Since it seems like the larger cons have raves might as well.
I for one do go to the con raves each time i can. I went to Metrocon’s rave the past two years so here are some tips
1- WATER biggest tip out there. Most cons will have water fountans in the rave area or just outside so get water. I don’t care how much fun you are having it won’t be fun anymore if you pass out. With that tip as well don’t take water from a stranger. Yes most cons don’t let you bring water bottles inside but still that is a general rule.
2- Groups. Try to get at least another friend to dance with you or be close by at all times. Yes most other con people are friendly but sometimes the raves bring out the more weird side of cons. If you do get someone with you that you don’t want or even if you don’t want to dance with anyone random a friend is a good help to that. On that same note when you go for water or a bathroom break buddy system is key. Raves are crowded so it just helps having someone with you.
3-Bags. I know at the Metrocon rave you were aloud to bring bags inside. They did have to be checked to make sure there is no weapons or drugs inside. And this comes with an important story. Last con a friend, his brother and my friends were hanging out he had a bottle of mixed drugs ( all okay for allergies and such) but this stuff doesn’t fly by with the cops. The bag also had a knife in it (for sowing and cutting thread) but long story short cops where mad their mom had to show up and say they were okay. Lucky for them they didn’t get their badges taken away.
4- Dancing. Dancing happens, with friends or with strangers. Again if your dancing with strangers boy/girl whatever stay close to friends and if they start getting to close for comfort use the “I need to get water” or “My friends need me”. Plan hand signs with friends if you really want to. But dancing is fun most of it close dancing aka grinding and such but doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
5- Stay away from the sides. I know at Metrocon the sides are were the serious ravers are with the balls on strings and such dance they don’t really pay attention and you can get hit. I’ve never been hit but i’m sure it can hurt. They usually stay a good distance from the dance area which is good.
6-After wards. Cons run late and if you stay late have someone take you to your hotel. DO NOT WALK HOME ALONE. I don’t care if you live in the area or not. It’s not safe that late so walk with others or something. Also don’t have a stranger walk you. Just think smart.
7- Lights and effects. I am sure most people know what lights and effects come with raves. Strobes fogs and lazer lights. If your effected by these be aware. Some raves give warning before they turn on the strobes. At least I know at metrocon they did.
8- Last but not least. HAVE FUN. Yes it’s close dancing but if you don’t like that and don’t dance in the center you can have tons of fun. Just bring friends you can have fun with dance like you don’t care and you’ll have a good time. Just know after you’ll be tired and sweaty but a nice shower and a rest will be good
So those are my tips. Maybe it will help out you guys who are considering going to raves.