Whitney Alvarez | Staff Writer |
I can honestly say, this was my first rave and probably my last one.
Escape is an electronic dance music festival (rave) organized by Insomniac Events held right here in our backyard at the National Orange Show Event Center in San Bernardino.
The theme for this year was Escape: Psycho Circus. It included amusement rides, haunted houses, the roaming dead, go go dancers and more.
This festival is a 1-2 day event that took place on Halloween weekend.It featured multiple massive stages of E.D.M. artist’s/Dj’s that vary in genres like: drum and bass, dubstep, trance and house.
Some of the big names that headlined this year include: Benny Benassi, Dj Snake, Kidnap Kid, Martin Garrix and Showtek just to name a few.
Initially, I was beyond thrilled to have been given the opportunity to experience this much raved about festival by family and friends. I’m a true music fanatic and festival kind of girl that likes trying new things at least once, and this is why I’m so disappointed my first experience at a rave was a bust!
Things quickly took a left when I had to go on a costume hunt all around town just to find out the two costumes I had my eyes on were all sold out.
I remained positive and opted for a cat costume (how original, I know) and a cop costume instead.
Finally, the big day was here and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! My friends were all going, my whole weekend was planned out and I had a VIP wristband. Life’s definitely good right now.
At last, we had all made it inside the venue. At first glance, “Psycho Circus” was just that, a circus.
From the colorful array of lights, that gleamed from stage to stage, the awesome unique costumes, the dancers, to the countless number of girls in pasties that seemed to have lost their bottoms on their way to Escape.
No way things can go wrong at this point, right? Wrong.
In the midst of a bathroom break I managed to lose my friends and to make matters worse, I had forgotten my phone in the car.
Luckily, two guys were kind enough to let me borrow their phone to get a hold of my friends.
Little did I know that, that hour I waited to reunite with my friends would now be the longest hour of my night.
Apparently the guys felt entitled to follow me around for an hour while I was alone because they let me use their phone.
In hopes of losing them, I tried making my way into certain VIP sections I knew they couldn’t get into, only to get rejected myself.
I’m now in San Bernardino, all alone, with no phone, dressed as a cat.
By the time I got back to my friends, I was miserable and over the whole thing. Even though I was only there for a few hours, it was enough for me to be quick to throw in the towel at the rave scene.
So Coachella is now the closest thing to a rave that I will go to.
It might have been a different experience, had the turn out of events been different, but you know what they say, first impressions are everlasting.
However, big shout out to Redbull for hooking me up with two VIP wristbands and giving me a chance at a full insight to Escape : Psycho Circus.