EDM festivals continue to expand, with more weekends, bigger acts, and huge crowds. But are they getting better?
Curious Josh / LA Weekly Installation outside Disorient
Ticket prices are more expensive, sound quality isn't always great, and there are way too many bros. Though Burning Man is expanding itself and certainly not immune to these hazards, the festival still manages to enforce quality control. Here's five things other EDM festivals can still learn from the Black Rock City extravaganza.
5. Leave No Trace
Curious Josh / LA Weekly Attendees swim for moop (matter of out place) to clean up
As we already told you, music festivals are a mess. But Burning Man puts a big emphasis on respecting the environment; hence "leave no trace." Sure, it's not perfect, but after 10 days on the playa, the temporary metropolis packs up and vanishes like it never existed.
Curious Josh / LA Weekly Attendees interacting with the art installations
Sure, Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival have installations, but Burning Man takes it to another level. Through the Black Rock Arts Foundation, they focus on community art at regional events all year long, funding innovative sculptures, installations, performances, theme camps, art carts and costumes that keep the playa spirit alive.