You've probably made jokes about dance music festivals with your friends -- something about "staying hydrated" or Molly or "umm ch ch ch ch."
Ravers tend to get a bad rap for drug use at EDM fests -- typically because that's what makes the news. But the news doesn't usually catch the overall blissful feeling of these festivals, perpetuated by music-lovers' "peace, love, unity and respect" motto.
Drug-related deaths are a problem at EDM events, but they are something that can be avoided if everyone looks out for each other. That's why event company Insomniac, the organizers behind Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas this weekend, pulled together top artists to encourage everyone to stay safe. Through the #WeAreWideAwake campaign, DJs like Martin Garrix and Laidback Luke are promoting safety at these festivals.
12th Planet, Afrojack, Arty, Carl Cox, Crizzly, Firebeatz, Oliver Heldens and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano also join in on the call to action, and the video includes a statement from Robert and Linell Shapiro of the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug and Alcohol Awareness, who lost their son to an overdose in 2005.
To help combat any mishaps, Insomniac is setting up free water, shade, "chill zones," first aid tents and more at their events.
"As human beings, we owe it our fellow brothers and sisters to simply look out for one another," said Pasquale Rotella, the founder and CEO of Insomniac. "Being united and wide awake means living life with both eyes open, and working together to make sure we enjoy this wonderful culture safely and responsibly. I want to thank all the artists who took the time to make their voices heard, and I'm proud of our Insomniac family for stepping up and standing behind a message that we all strongly believe in.”