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Five Things EDM Can Learn from Burning Man

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Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM

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Installation outside Disorient
EDM festivals continue to expand, with more weekends, bigger acts, and huge crowds. But are they getting better?

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.

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Attendees swim for moop (matter of out place) to clean up
5. Leave No Trace

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.

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Attendees interacting with the art installations
4. Art

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.

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