When Music Festivals are back in action in 2021 (praying), there’s no reason you shouldn’t be the most prepared you’ve ever been to come back in full force. Everyone who's been to a festival or rave knows it’s the little details that make the biggest difference. Here at VARAVASA, we wanted to give you our 2 cents on the most crucial festival accessories to help enhance your next festival experience.
- Great Shoes (Insoles) - We all have that friend that wears the classic vans or converse and after day one they have blisters on their pinky toes. Do yourself a favor and buy yourself some comfortable shoes or insoles. You will be trekking 20+ miles some days so it’s worth the extra cash.
- Lavender Essential Oil Roll-On- Music festivals are the best place in the world, but sometimes they can be overwhelming. Having a lavender essential oil roll-on can be the most crucial addition to rub on your temples and help you through a bad trip.
- Kaleidoscope/Diffraction Glasses - If you haven’t seen visuals with Kaleidoscope glasses you are truly missing out. Grab yourself a pair of these bad boys and get taken to the great peaks of Mt. Everest.
- Icy Hot - Throw some of this on your neck when you're on cloud 9 and just let the universe take over. You won’t regret it.
- Pashmina - Having a festival pashmina handy at a festival is hands down one of the most versatile accessories. Rock it around your neck for style, tie it around your face as a mask, or wrap it around your body as the sunsets… It’s the perfect accessory to help enhance your experience.
- Fan - This is such an important accessory to have when the sun is out and the rays are beaming down. Keeping yourself cool needs to be a priority at any event. Plus, you can be the hero of the day by simply just fanning someone down.
- Hydration Pack - Have you ever been at the most epic set of your life and you were so thirsty that you almost passed out and had to leave? Don’t ever let this happen again and grab yourself a hydration pack that will last through multiple sets.
Top Virtual Festivals of 2020
In the unusual times of 2020, virtual raves have proven to be an essential entertainment option during the covid-19 pandemic. Here is our round up of the top 6 virtual festival events so far this year:
Earlier this year Beatport announced a 24-hour live stream on Twitch that created insane buzz around the EDM community. The most unique part about this virtual dance party was watching some of the world’s biggest artists live stream right from their homes and studios. Beatport delivered all on cylinders by attracting huge names like Carl Cox, Duke Dumont, and Rufus Du Sol.
Tomorrowland’s first ever Around the World digital festival went down the weekend of July 25-26th. Taking place on an island called Pāpiliōnem, the virtual world showcased incredible stages through green screen studios around the world. One of the most epic parts was the way they set up the digital crowd and how real the reaction felt when the beat would drop. No other virtual event this year has tried anything of this scale, so it was incredible to see production taken to the next level.
After the sad but expected announcement that the world-renowned festival would be postponed due to the coronavirus, Insomniac organizers came up with an epic solution to host a 3-day event virtually. Hosted by the legend Pasquelle himself, Insomniac recruited some of the hottest electronic artists across many different genres making it an epic lineup. Many artists traveled across the country to be live at the Insomniac location in LA where they took the production to the next level. PS big shouts out to Disenfecto for keeping everyone safe!
Digital Mirage launched a huge virtual experience back in April with 51 artists with an innovative fundraising approach that raised over $300,000 for Sweet Relief Music Fund. The event generated over 1M viewers and was arguably one of the most successful online music festivals to date. Some of our favorite acts came from TOKiMONSTA, Louis the Child, and Oliver Heldens who looked like he was part of an orchestra in a massive theater.
The Do Lab’s virtual edition of Lightning in a Bottle featured the diverse experience that the festival brings every single year. With music, yoga, cooking classes, cultural teachings, and live performances it made this virtual environment unforgettable. Their fully immersive stage and full-scale color was a true representation of the team’s commitment to top notch production and bringing an incredible experience to the festival community.
Presented by Trap Nation & Chill Nation, Room service had a fully loaded lineup for its 3-day virtual event in April. After the success of Digital Mirage, this event most definitely had high hopes to live up to. With sets from Zeds Dead, Gallant, and What So Not, viewers found themselves tuning in at 3am to catch the streams. All proceeds of the event went directly to Feeding America and Sweet Relief.