Electronic music sounds great under the open sky (this is where it really and totally unfolds properly), the blurpy and creaky sounds of psychedelic trance and techno just makes a whole lot more sense when you dance next to trees, and the tribal beats make cosmic sense when you dance barefoot, connecting to earth.
Like Marcus from Son Kite says:
“This ritual is built into our DNA. We are supposed to do it, and we have always done it. Something important happens when we dance to hypnotic drum patterns for several hours. It gives us energy and fuels us with creative ideas. It’s healing, like yoga and meditation. It’s so important that we know this and don’t forget our roots”.
Another absolutely awesome thing about outdoor parties is the fact that they are usually require some effort to get to. You have to find it, if it’s hidden, like the outdoor pirate parties. Or you have to endure the long travels out there (like the Boom festival, situated in the middle of nature, far from everything).
If you can’t make the effort, you won’t make it to the party. This means that everyone attending is super-dedicated to the music and the atmosphere. Result: Perfect.
If you forgot why it’s so important for ravers (and JUngLEkalenderen) to be out in nature all of a sudden, let me remind you. Let’s jump back to a quote from my Son Kite interview:
““Back in the 90s when the techno revolution started, the whole thing was underground. It wasn’t about styles and genre, but more about a gathering on secret locations that felt new and refreshing and was a really strong experience for everyone. But then the scene evolved and changed and became popular in the mainstream. Parts of it reached the overground and turned into club culture. That was good for a while, but then the money striving and the business models took over and transformed into standard club nights with the typical setup and the typical dj’s and the same thing week in and week out. And those modern industry standards for clubs and techno are not enough for our souls”.