I have heard so many people complain about how much of a hassle it is to go out to Burning Man for a week in the middle of nowhere. But I’m here to tell you that if you’re an EDM fan, you should swallow your pride and head on out to Burning Man.
The dust storms are brutal, but they’re temporary and the rest of the experience is truly unique. Not only do you get to see some of the best DJs in the world perform, but you also get to camp with them. And there’s no better way to meet your favorite artists than at a place like Burning Man.
Here are 5 reasons why every EDM festival headliner should play at Burning Man:
1. There’s no better way to meet your idols than at a place where everyone gets dirty together.
The first time I went to Burning Man, I was camping next to Diplo for three days. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life, because rather than being in the crowd and looking up at him from afar, he was just another human being on our dusty playground. I got to talk with him about music and philosophy, and he even made me dinner one night! It was such a surreal experience that I never could have
“Why would you go to Burning Man when you could be playing a proper gig?”
I see this question a lot. A couple of months ago I was at a dinner table with some friends, and somebody brought up that they were planning to go to Burning Man. I don’t really know what the context was, but someone else piped up, “Oh yeah? Which headliners are you playing?”
We all laughed. It was a good joke. But the more I thought about it, the funnier it wasn’t. Because in many ways, this is an actual question people might ask: Why would you go to Burning Man when you could be getting paid?
Here are five reasons why every EDM festival headliner should play at Burning Man:
1) Because You Can Play What You Want To Play
2) Because You Can Experiment
3) Because You’ll Learn Something About Yourself
4) Because It’s Way More Fun Than A Regular Show
5) Because It’s A Chance To Give Back
This summer, I went to Burning Man for the first time. It was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. It’s hard to put into words what it’s like to be in a place where no one is buying or selling, where everyone is sharing their gifts with each other freely, and where creativity and self-expression are encouraged.
When I arrived at Burning Man, I was expecting to hear some underground music from local artists who have never played outside of the Bay Area. What I didn’t expect was seeing artists who are internationally known for their music playing at small venues for an audience of only a couple hundred people.
This isn’t something that happens often, but it does happen occasionally. A few years ago, Skrillex surprised the attendees of Symbiosis Gathering by playing a secret set at one of the smaller stages. This year, it happened again when Bassnectar played a surprise late night set at Pink Mammoth’s camp on Saturday night.
A lot of people were talking about this on Twitter and Facebook afterwards: “Why would Bassnectar play such a small venue when he could be playing main stages at huge festivals?” My answer is simple: because that’s what he wanted to do!
Burning Man is like taking a vacation from the rest of the world, although there is plenty of work to be done. It’s like stepping into a fog machine, but instead of smoke and mirrors you get a world of possibilities.
You can make your own rules, but you have to live with them.
If you want to be a superstar DJ, you might want to skip this one. You will be confronted with the fact that you are no longer at the top of the pyramid. You can’t be on top when everyone is equal. And don’t expect to get paid. This is not about money; it’s about love.
Burning Man is all about giving, sharing and caring for each other. It’s about realizing that we are all connected and that we need each other in order to survive in this harsh world. We are all part of this Universe, we are all responsible for its creation and destruction and we need to take care of it if we want our children and grandchildren to also enjoy it.
This is what every DJ should learn from Burning Man: you can’t do it alone; you need others in order to create something bigger than yourself; and you need to give in order to receive love back from your audience.
Burning Man is the world’s greatest electronic music festival. It’s a place you can relax and have fun, and just be yourself. All of your problems will disappear when you come here.
Burning Man is a non-profit event that happens every year at Black Rock City in Nevada. The festival was founded in 1986 by Larry Harvey and Jerry James from the San Francisco Bay Area. It has grown from just a few hundred people to over 65,000 today.
The main attraction at Burning Man is the art cars that travel around the playa all day long blasting music for everyone to enjoy. These cars are usually built on top of old trucks or buses with speakers mounted on top so that people can dance away their troubles while listening to their favorite songs!
There are also many other activities during the week including yoga classes, meditation workshops and even massages being offered up by some of the big name DJs who perform each night after sunset when things really start getting crazy!
The festival is held annually on Labor Day weekend (Sept 2-5) at Black Rock City Airport near Reno, NV USA (about three hours drive from San Francisco).
+1 to the fact that Burning Man is not all about EDM. EDM may be a huge part of it and for some, a defining part of it, but Burning Man is about so much more than the music. I think you should go and experience it for yourself. I’ve been going for 9 years (12 hours from my front door) and found it to be an incredibly transformative experience.
I went to my first EDM festival ever at Boonstock over the weekend (3 days/2 nights), and while I had a great time, I was surprised at how little the word “burning” came up in conversation. I feel like if people were talking about burning man they were only familiar with it in name only, and had no idea what it was really about (it didn’t help that I was wearing my kandi mask).
I’m hoping to get to BM this year for the first time (first time camping too!), and am trying to decide between buying a ticket and taking the chance that i can get in with one, or just saving money by going to Lucidity or Symbiosis. The reason is that I have heard so many amazing things about Burning Man from so many different people who have experienced it firsthand, and it sounds like
Burning Man is a festival that takes place every year in the middle of the Nevada desert. It’s not like any other event on the planet, and for more than 20 years it has attracted hundreds of thousands of people to a barren landscape for one week each year to create Black Rock City, a temporary city built around art and community.
There are many reasons why Burning Man is unlike any other event, but one of the biggest reasons is that it’s not really an event or a festival at all—it’s an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else. People who have been know exactly what I mean. In fact, the term “Burner” is used to describe someone who has attended the festival and understands what it means to be part of such an amazing gathering of people.
To be honest, attending Burning Man was never high on my list of things to do in my lifetime. However, I recently went for the first time with a group of friends who had been talking about it for years. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I knew all about its reputation as being a drug-fueled shitshow where everyone gets naked and goes crazy—and that was enough for me to put it off for