Underground music festivals are an unregulated area in the popular live music scene. There is a reemerging culture around “bush doofs” and “psychedelic festivals”, which due to the drug culture attached these events many festivals go unnoticed by authorities.
Held in remote locations and unpublished in the media these events are not only attracting drug users, but lovers of the art of electronic music. The reason these events are unregulated and the attendees are in some ways “unprotected” is due to strict laws that make these types of events harder and harder to make happen.
There is a community belief that these events are unsafe as they are commonly they known as places of high drug use and this gives the music loving community a bad reputation.
I have personal experience in this arena as both an artist and a spectator and in my opinion its not all about “getting super wasted”. It’s about the love and the respect that everyone around you has for each other, the environment around us, and how you can open your mind to see your true self better. I believe I’m not alone in this opinion as i have witnessed and spoken with many others who attend these events for their love of art, nature, and the company of like minded people.
The cracking down of laws which prohibit these events and even prosecute the event holders are not improving the safety of these events but pushing them even further underground. Drugs are taken at many other events and there are safety measures in place including access to emergency support. There is a push for access to onsite drug testing to increase awareness of what people are taking and this could improve the safety of those who choose to partake.
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With the recent published deaths at raves in the media the attention has been all negative and where is the attention for the art?
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