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While ravers rush to EDM (electronic dance music) events to dance and sweat, some may be wondering: Are raves even legal?
One of the biggest events of the rave season is the Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC), which kicks off today in Las Vegas. According to USA Today, some 345,000 people are expected to attend this rave party -- not to mention the after parties.
But with the constant presence of illegal drugs and their "underground" past, are raves themselves technically legal?
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Raves Are (Like) Concerts
I'm certain that some ravers would disagree with the comparison between rave or EDM events and, say, a Ke$ha concert, but in the eyes of the law, they're fairly similar. Just like concert organizers, rave organizers will typically need:
So if an EDM or rave event has the proper legal protections and the DJs have the proper rights to play their mixes, a well-organized rave is likely to be legal.
Rave Roots Which Are Not Legal
Hardcore ravers may balk at the idea of a "well-organized" rave. After all, isn't rave culture supposed to be less about legal permission and more about underground expression?
Sure. However, for those rave purists out there, here are a few things commonly associated with rave culture which are mostly illegal:
So put this knowledge under your rainbow cap or in your teddy-bear backpack before you bounce off to your next legal rave.