We want you to have the time of your life at EDC, and that means being safe, responsible, and respectful to yourself and others. After all, you’re the ones who make this experience so special. We hope you’ll use the following tips and information and help us all foster a community of happy, healthy Headliners.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the weekend is vital to your health and safety. Drink water at regular intervals, especially in warm weather, and be sure to stay hydrated on the days leading up to the show. While you’re here, fill up on H20 at any of our free hydration stations, or purchase water at various concession stands around the venue.
FASHION & FUNCTION
Come prepared for all types of weather, and definitely dress for comfort. Wear lightweight, breathable clothes that make you feel good. If you choose to wear heavy fabrics and faux furs, remember to stay hydrated. Comfortable sneakers are the best way to go, especially if you’re planning to tear up the dancefloor. Sandals and flip-flops can make for sore feet.
USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
It’s easy to get separated at festivals. Know where your friends are, set up meeting points, and stick together — two or three brains are better than one! If you think a new or old friend needs help, ask our friendly staff to assist, and always leave the show with everyone in your crew.
In the first aid tents located throughout the festival, you’ll find teams of medical practitioners ready to care for your every need — free of charge! If you’re lightheaded or nauseated or have too many blisters from dancing the night away, please visit our friendly medical staff, or ask an Insomniac team member for assistance.
ROAMING MEDICAL TEAMS
If you happen to see Insomniac Health & Safety Team officers roaming through the venue, give them a high-five! These heroic people stay on their feet for the entirety of every event to keep a watchful, caring eye on you! And if either you or a friend has a medical concern, flag one of those friendly folks down.
ENJOY THE SHOW
EDC is an amazing adventure; you can enjoy the show without alcohol or illegal narcotics. If you’re under 21, you can’t drink — period. If you’re of legal age, be smart about how much you consume. More booze does not equal more fun, and alcohol is not a beverage to cool off or rehydrate with. It’s important to remember that your body weight and height will factor into how much alcohol is safe to consume.
PLAY HARD, NOT HIGH
Insomniac enforces a zero-tolerance drug policy at all of its events — end of story. That includes all marijuana. Don’t be the person who ends up getting escorted out of the venue! Keep the weekend great for yourself, your friends, and all the other Headliners.
If you suspect someone is suffering from a medical issue or potential drug overdose, seek immediate attention at one of the clearly marked medical stations, or find a Ground Control team member. You’ll recognize them by their signature purple shirts, fanny packs and light sabers.
NOTIFY MEDICAL OR SECURITY IF A FRIEND IS EXPERIENCING:
- Pale skin color or bluish tinge
- Abnormal heart rate and/or breathing (too fast or slow)
- Abnormal body temperature (too hot or cold)
- Delusions, hallucinations or paranoia
- Pupils that don’t react to changes in light
- Confusion, stupor (unresponsive but conscious), coma, or inability to be roused
NO ONE LIKES TAKING CARE OF WASTED FRIENDS. DON’T BE THAT GUY OR GIRL!
- Drunk people should not be responsible for other drunk people.
- Binge drinking is the most dangerous kind there is. The faster you drink, the higher your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) becomes.
- Strong coffee, a cold shower, sleeping, or “walking it off” will not help someone suffering from alcohol poisoning.
- Always try to keep intoxicated people awake and in an upright/sitting position — not lying down.
Do you love water? Awesome! So do we. Whether you’re a nonstop dancing machine or you like to stroll through the festival and take in all the sights and sounds, water is essential to your health and happiness.
Fill up your Insomniac water bottle (get your very own at our merch booth), hydration pack, or any empty beverage container (purchased inside the event) at our free hydration stations. The water may not be icy cold, but warm water is easier to digest, and it’s lovingly filtered through state-of-the-art systems, including UV sterilization.
Look for the water droplet symbols on the festival map to find the nearest station.
Ground Control is a family of team members dedicated to helping Headliners stay happy, healthy and hydrated at Insomniac events! You can spot their signature purple shirts, fanny packs and light sabers as they make their way through all areas of the festival. Please approach any of them if you want assistance or simply need a friend! We strongly believe in the beauty and power of helping others, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you have a safe, memorable experience.
If you are a Ground Control member at heart and would like to join the team, send an email with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the Ground Control experience, check out this article.