• Going to EDC Alone (For the Ballsy and Brave)

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    This is pretty embarrassing for me to admit, but the first time I went to EDC, I went by myself.  That’s right!  Alone.  By my lonesome.  Loner status.

    Sigh.

    Not even some of my closest friends know that.  But now they do because in the end, they could understand why I did it – for the love of EDM and all things Electric Daisy Carnival.

    So what happened that caused me to go alone you may ask?

    Go to EDC Alone

    It’s not like it was my intention, but a series of events did not pan out the way that I had hoped for.  I was going with a friend, she ran into money issues, and had to sell her ticket.  It’s as simple as that.  Don’t get me wrong, I had money issues myself.  In fact, I deliberately stayed home on Friday and Saturday nights to save up to buy a ticket.  I’m not rich and if you read the About Us section, you would know that.

    None of my friends were into EDM at the time since my clique was predominately into hip hop and R&B.  So there I was in 2007, on my way to EDC Los Angeles by myself.

    Going to EDC Alone is Not as Crazy as You Think

    In fact, I’m sure a lot of people do it.  Well, maybe not a lot, but definitely a handful of folks.

    If you’re not into vibing and are extremely introverted, this isn’t for you.

    You don’t need to be extremely extroverted at the same time.  Just be a cool cat.

    Here’s the truth, when you’re having fun and loving the music, it’s easier for a group to “adopt” one individual for the night as opposed to adopting an entire group. #truth

    And that is exactly what happened to me that night.

    I chose a spot near the middle of the crowd in front of the main stage.  And started vibing and doing my thing.  I didn’t do anything creepy, closed my eyes, and let the music take over.  People around you begin to notice you because they’re likely doing the exact same thing!  After a few tunes and several dropped bass, start giving people around you high-fives.

    After a few more songs, start chatting with folks around you and tell it how it is.  Admit that you’re there by yourself and was hoping to latch on to a group of good people.

    And that’s what I did.  And I’m glad I did it because that first EDC experience was truly EPIC.

    Whenever I listen to this song below, I relive that experience in my mind.

    What Happens to Me Now

    Whenever I go to EDC, I go with a group.  The entire time, we’re always worried about being separated.  When one person needs to go to the bathroom, we ALL HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM.  It sucks, but it’s part of the price with going with large groups.  That’s just how it is at the Carnival.  You can easily get lost in a sea of EDM junkies.

    Lo and behold, I manage to ALWAYS get separated from my group and find myself in a familiar situation – alone.   It’s quite sad, but it’s true.  I’m like a lost little boy that get’s distracted by the smallest things.

    “Oooh Shiny!” (and walks towards the light).  Or “Oooh Beats” (and walks towards the music).

    Tips and Benefits to Going to EDC Alone

    TIP – Bring a camera.  So you can shove all the awesome pics you take with other people in the faces of your “supposed” friends that didn’t want to go with you.

    BENEFIT – You can act completely ridiculous and no one will ever judge you for it.  I love this fact because I am a horrible dancer.  I got rhythm but my feet and arms seem to be attached to a string.  It’s awkward and it’s ugly and it’s me.

    TIP – Remember that you aren’t alone.  There will be thousands of people around you within arms-reach.  They are there for the same reason – for the love of EDM.

    BENEFIT – You can easily make your way to the front of the stage without being obnoxious and rude.  Try navigating your way to the stage with a big group without stepping on a few toes.  Not going to happen.  People would be pissed and not to mention it’s totally against PLURR.  It violates the R, as in Respect.

    TIP – Wear something festive.  It helps break the ice when meeting other people.

    BENEFIT – Do as you please anytime you want to.  That means you can leave if you want to, go to the bathroom anytime, grab a bite to eat when you’re hungry, etc.

    TIP –  If you decide to post on craigslist or other message boards to meet up with other EDC fans, please proceed with caution.

    My Last Thoughts on Going to EDC by Yourself

    Never ever get into the habit of not doing the things that you want to just because people you know aren’t interested or flake out on you last minute.  Being effortlessly independent is simply a better way to live.  Do what you want to do, when you want to do it.

    For me, I wanted to go to Electric Daisy Carnival.  I went and I never looked back to regret it.

    Your Turn:  Would you go to EDC alone?  If you know anyone that would, please share this with that person.  We would really appreciate that.

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    47 Comments

    • Nic
      February 7, 2013 @ 5:56 PM

      Awesome article. I would prob go alone if it came down to it.

      Reply

      • admin
        February 7, 2013 @ 7:33 PM

        Yea, I’m with you. You really don’t set out to go alone. It just happens.

        However, if you do want to go and no one is down, just go. You won’t regret it.

        Reply

    • Mikey
      February 22, 2013 @ 5:44 AM

      im from coming to EDC vegas from australia… alone haha .id love to go knowing some people also going but its costly to fly so far. i normally backpack alone forcing myself to meet new people and i’ve come out with some great friends all over the world too. should be a crazy trip :D

      Reply

      • J
        April 10, 2013 @ 8:35 PM

        im going with just my buddy! we really wanted to go with a group of people but none of our buds are into EDM if your goin alone ! meet up with us! we’ll party! big r3hab, knife party, alesso, afro jack , steve aoki…junkie . and the list goes on!!!

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    • kathy
      March 3, 2013 @ 7:12 PM

      It’s gonna be fun with or without a group, everyone is so friendly I don’t think even 10 minutes had passed before I already started making friends :)

      Reply

      • MIKEY
        March 12, 2013 @ 11:44 PM

        Awesome I can’t wait to make some American friends :D

        Reply

    • Alex
      March 7, 2013 @ 12:55 PM

      Unfortunately ill be going to EDC Vegas alone this year, almost the same situation, 2 people I planned on going with are now selling there tickets on stubhub because of stupid ass reasons. I know ill still have a blast because it will be my first EDC

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    • me
      March 9, 2013 @ 4:45 PM

      Well IM going alone my close friends aren’t into EDM they like hiphop IM buying my ticket BC I want to go. I hope it’s not to lame

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    • MIKEY
      March 12, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

      Awesome I can’t wait to make some American friends :D

      Reply

    • Gino
      March 23, 2013 @ 12:42 PM

      Nice article man, its encouraging. I’m probably going to end up goin this year alone and almost went to ultra by myself too but my friends finally got tickets, had a blast and met a shit ton of cool people. It’s all about the music and everyone is here for the same reason, makes it really easy to make friends. Good vibes, good people. See you there!

      Reply

    • Jared
      March 24, 2013 @ 2:24 AM

      I dig it. As of now, looks like I’m going alone…and after reading this article, I am kinda looking forward to it :)

      Reply

    • Amber
      April 14, 2013 @ 7:27 AM

      I’m going to EDC NY alone this year..I can’t wait !!

      Reply

      • Joshua
        April 14, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

        thinking of going to EDC NY alone, too. Can I join?
        Im no creep or anything.

        If anyone going to EDC NY solo and want to join for the love of EDM, hit me up
        brancojoshua12@gmail.com

        Reply

    • mike enkhbaatar
      April 23, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

      im going alone to EDC chicago. i hope i meet new people and have good experience.

      Reply

    • Luisfromindiana
      April 26, 2013 @ 9:37 PM

      anyone want to go to edc Chicago with me guy or girl idc text me 765-412-7865

      Reply

    • carlos
      April 27, 2013 @ 11:39 PM

      if anyone want to come with to EDC Las vegas. Cause as of now its just me and another person. chattingrod22@aol.com

      Reply

    • Vincent
      April 28, 2013 @ 11:21 PM

      I was scared of going alone to edc Vegas for the first time but after read your article, feeling encouraged. Thank you man.

      Reply

    • Mikey
      May 1, 2013 @ 8:25 PM

      Thanks for the article man, It helped me feel better about going alone. Originally i was supposed to go with a friend, but he flaked. I just wish i had someone to teach me the ropes , since this will be my first rave. If anyone is interested in meeting up in LV just send me a message,Hope to meet a bunch of cool people and have a great time!

      bikish@hotmail.com

      Reply

    • Rick
      May 9, 2013 @ 1:48 AM

      one of my friends just flaked out, because of money issues. Im still definitely still looking to head down and have a blast. Lets meet in vegas if u wanna form a group bicepbawse22@hotmail.ca

      Reply

    • Lyonel
      May 9, 2013 @ 9:52 PM

      I was going to go with a friend who lives in NY but her boss is forcing her to work on the two days of EDC and she can’t get anyone to cover her. I normally would just flake out and not go cause I have never been to a rave before, but this article actually makes me think it might be better to go by myself (especially cause it’s my first time) and I love EDM. It’s kind of late, but I just bought my ticket! Thanks for the article and this awesome website!

      Reply

    • Amanda
      May 13, 2013 @ 2:22 PM

      NY? Still planning on going alone? I’m in the exact same boat and was looking for someone who might wanna meet up and see if we vibe. Let me know!

      Reply

    • Amanda
      May 13, 2013 @ 2:25 PM

      Same here! Figured I’d see if anyone was up for meeting up for a few sets and seeing if we vibed.

      Reply

    • David
      May 14, 2013 @ 4:44 PM

      As of now i’ll be going to EDC chicago alone, None of my friends could make it. If anyone wants to meet up and party together text me at 920-264-2329! I’ll be coming from northern Wisconsin if anyone is looking to carpool.

      Reply

    • Sam
      May 17, 2013 @ 6:27 AM

      Anybody going today want to meet up??

      Reply

    • Ryan
      May 24, 2013 @ 12:42 PM

      @mikey australia – Hey still going to EDC? You can join our group! Australian are fun to party with!

      Reply

    • Al
      June 3, 2013 @ 4:59 AM

      Going to EDC Vegas alone this year. First EDC out of 3 not going with a group. Gotta do what you love though, hope to meet some awesome people

      Reply

    • Mel B.J Carbonel
      June 9, 2013 @ 10:46 PM

      Awesome article! I’m from Canada and was worried going alone.. It’s my first time to go to edc and vegas, my roommate is having anxiety problems and can’t make it. If anyone would like to have a partner in crime hit me up :)

      Reply

      • Dina Paulina Pezzimenti
        October 2, 2013 @ 12:22 AM

        Never Been to a rave or an EMF and have always wanted to go! I just moved to SC. I will also be spending a lot of time in FL… where I’m from. Idk anyone close by who is into this. My bff moved to Cali. :’( I would love girls to experience this with!!! ♡♥♡♥♡ Get at me on Instagram!!!!! Pooper_Dooper

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    • victria
      June 19, 2013 @ 5:10 PM

      im going alone to las vegas edc. if anyone wants to meet up here is my # 505-974-10 nine-one. im so excited!

      Reply

    • Jessica
      July 5, 2013 @ 5:01 PM

      I went to go to EDC NYC 2012 by myself – ended up volunteering with ground control and one year later ended up as a contractor for insomniac. Great things can happen! If you are ever unsure about going by yourself, volunteer. It gets you in for free one day and you have an instant 100 friends who are all in the same place :-)

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    • Victoria Hernandez
      July 12, 2013 @ 1:18 PM

      How do I sign up to volunteer? that sounds awesome!

      Reply

    • Lynn
      September 22, 2013 @ 6:21 PM

      I’m headed to EDC Orlando, my friend just cancelled on me…after reading this it made me feel better, lol not use to going alone always went in groups or with someone. Can’t wait! <3

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    • Dina Paulina Pezzimenti
      October 2, 2013 @ 12:25 AM

      Never Been to a rave or an EMF and have always wanted to go! I just moved to SC. I will also be spending a lot of time in FL… where I’m from. Idk anyone close by who is into this. My bff moved to Cali. :’( I would love girls to experience this with!!! ♡♥♡♥♡ Get at me on Instagram!!!!! Pooper_Dooper

      Reply

    • jp
      February 9, 2014 @ 5:28 PM

      Where u from victria

      Reply

    • Christine
      March 6, 2014 @ 3:51 PM

      Yaa so I just moved to MI near some
      Awesome EDM clubs. I’m
      A female I might Add. But no
      Dummy. I realize I need to be careful….. I’ve always gone to raves with friends but seeing as all my friends are in ct I might be going alone. I’m not scared it’s just……… I never did before. Even in a group through I always venture off so honestly I don’t care it’s been a long time I NEED to rave…… I think I might be a lone soilder

      Reply

    • Lola
      March 11, 2014 @ 11:51 AM

      Anyone going to EDC LV 2014 alone and possible staying at circus circus hmu :) I wanna meet new ppl :D p_i_valdez@hotmail.com FYI I’m from Texas :3

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    • JYNX
      March 12, 2014 @ 5:33 PM

      DUDE this is exactly whats going on with me!!! This is my first EDC and I’m going alone … I am so happy I read this c: THANKS MUCH

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    • Gene
      March 16, 2014 @ 1:47 PM

      As of right now, I’m going to EDCNY alone this year. After reading this, I can honestly say that I’m incredibly stoked! Btw if anybody wants to meet up shoot me an email: gene.hall4@gmail.com
      Always down to meet new people and spread good vibes!

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    • Daniel Esquivel
      March 16, 2014 @ 9:11 PM

      Haha I’m in a similar situation right now was supposed to go with a friend to EDC LV but something came up and he can’t go, I was thinking about selling my ticket but after reading this they have a point I’m going to just go and have a blast!

      Reply

    • james
      March 21, 2014 @ 9:24 AM

      sdfwefwef

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    • james
      March 21, 2014 @ 9:28 AM

      electric adventure is coming up soon lol I cant wait to go and I asked a group of different people if they wanted to go lol about 2 said yes, 1 is unsure, and 2 bailed out lol soooo ehhh lol ive known people that flaked at the last minute so the 2 might not even go too lol but fuck it if nobody shows up im still goin! lol ive waited too long just to quit because other people couldn’t make it! ive had moments where I got separated from my group from previous raves and I still had a blast just dancing with other random people who had a passion for EDM! sooo fuck it if push comes to shove ill go alone if I have to! lol edm raves are just too amazing to miss out on lol

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    • Daniel Esquivel
      March 28, 2014 @ 11:31 PM

      Cool

      Reply

    • Chrissy Rose
      March 29, 2014 @ 7:47 PM

      I'm thinking of going to edc alone this year because the people I want to go with either don't want to go or say its too expensive. I'm a little shy, but I feel like if I'm hyped up by the music and environment I'd be more friendly. After reading tis, I'm highly considering going alone. I'm excited now lol :D

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    • Alexandra Marie
      April 2, 2014 @ 2:34 PM

      Thank you for this ! It helped

      Reply

    • Garima Gautam
      July 30, 2014 @ 4:16 PM

      I really wanna go for EZOO this year since I am a huge fan of Armin Van Buuren but none of my friends can make it and I am thinking if I should go alone of not ( I am a girl)

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      • Amanda
        July 30, 2014 @ 4:20 PM

        Do it. Don’t deprive yourself of the experience just because you have no one to go with. Reach out to others and use twitter and insta to find meetups. Totally worth it, you’ll have the time of your life. And it’s actually a lot more fun to float from stage to stage without having a group to drag along :)

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    • Noel
      August 18, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

      I wanna go to Ezoo NYC on Saturday or Sunday but none of my friends wants to go this year. I need a crew to adopt me. I might just have to end up going by myself, which I basically did for Counterpoint, but if anyone wants to meet up. add me on insta: thegirlwiththerabbittattoo and drop me a message. I would love to meet new people!

      ^_^

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