LED Anniversary V

LED Anniversary V was on Valentine’s Day aka Singles Awareness Day. I had been to LED USA and EDC Las Vegas 2015, but this was Amy’s first rave.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to drink or do drugs to have fun at a rave.

And I’m not just saying that because this is a public blog that’s supposed to be SFW. Amy and I were both semi-sick, so we did not imbibe and still had a great time.

What I enjoy about the rave scene vs. clubbing/concerts:


You are free to wear what-ever you want. Comfort is key, which means you can swap out your heels for Nikes. Some venues prohibit wearing only pasties top-side, but you can wear whatever crazy/sexy/bedazzled/furry outfit you want.

On the flip side, you won’t be judged for wearing a relatively “normal” outfit either…


I can’t tell you how many arguments/fights have been thwarted by three words: “PLUR, man, PLUR.”

Strangers will fan you, high-five you, exchange kandi bracelets, give you massages or light shows or offer you water/gum. You can maneuver your way through the crowd relatively easy as long as you do it with a smile. Yes, it’s mostly because of all the drug usage, but it really leads to positive vibes and a more friendly, fun-loving atmosphere.

Everyone is just there to have a good time.

Music & Dance

There’s enough room to dance. This is probably the biggest plus for me because it’s the primary reason I would go to a rave. You have enough room to get jiggy wit it, and people aren’t rude and pushy if you try to squeeze by or if you accidentally bump into them. (People will overly apologize for little things that you don’t mind.)

Comfortable shoes means you can dance like you just don’t care. If you’re not feeling a certain DJ, you might like the next one that comes on.


Showtek was headlining, but I’d already seen ’em at Omnia and probably EDC. The special guest was Jauz.

According to my phone, I got in about 15,000 steps. (Can we consider this training for the Triton 5k?)

I ran into a few friends there – it’s always surprising because there are so many people and chances are so slim that you’ll both come topside at the same time.

The lights were pretty blinding after a while, so I started dancing facing the rear.

We left at the very end–at 4am–hungry, but satisfied and ready to crash.



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UC San Diego grad with a double major in Economics and International Business. I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, but I love to travel (and eat) around the world.

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