Though many will try to deny it, drugs have and always will have a commonplace in the festival and rave cultures. The real question is, to what extent and by what means? These are the questions TickPick—the online ticket-bidding website—posed in a recent cheeky survey.
TickPick surveyed 1,000 attendees at some of the country’s most well-known festivals and found out not only what the most common drug of choice was, but also a correlation of specific substances with that particular event. Take for instance, Burning Man and Bonnaroo, which were highest in prevalence for hallucinogens and marijuana use. And EDC topped the charts in the MDMA/Molly/Ecstasy trifecta; another no-brainer. But the most popular substance across all festivals? Booze, of course.
It’s a tale as old as time: you tell yourself you won’t spend too much money on concessions but an hour later you’ve sipping on a lukewarm $16 dollar beer, wondering where your life went. We’ve all been there.
Some other interesting findings from the survey were the fact that VIP attendees were significantly more likely to partake in varied drug use than those in general admission. This finding brings up images of the cliche that Coachella VIP pass-holders partake in the rampant debauchery that their privileged trust fund status allows them. A joke of course! But there may be some truth in that stereotype as it’s more likely that those with wealthier status can afford their drugs of choice.
These types of surveys are a useful resource to help festival goers make sound decisions regarding their health and safety. TickPick summed it up graciously:
“But despite this culture of collective intoxication, festivals afford singular opportunities to fans – ones you don’t want to miss because you’re too wasted. Don’t worry: We’re not looking to deliver a moralizing lecture. We simply hope you’ll keep safety in mind at the next festival you attend, so you can fully enjoy the experience you came for.”
You can read up more on the breakdown of these findings on the TickPick article below.
H/T to TickPick