As festival season and pride month are well underway, a host of events are occurring every weekend. This weekend saw Spring Awakening Music Festival take place in Chicago and its seventh year saw a jam-packed lineup including Tchami, deadmau5, Kaskade, Oliver Heldens, and many more. It was one artist’s set that saw a noteworthy event take place in partnership with the festival’s promotional company, React Presents.
On Friday, During Markus Schulz‘s set one festival attendee got the surprise of a lifetime. Avid festival ravers Sam Albright and Dusty Carpenter were walked onto the trance arena stage while Markus played his song ‘Destiny‘. As the song’s lyrics were displayed on stage, the screen suddenly shifted to the phrase,”Will You Marry Me, Sam?“. At that moment Dusty kneels, presents his partner Sam a ring, and Sam happily says yes. Accompanying the excitement was the whole crowd cheering the couple on and Markus saying, “Trance Family, Show Your Love!”.
This makes a huge statement of how inclusive the EDM Community is. In 2016, Krewella helped a lesbian couple get married at LA Pride’s Festival with Yasmine being the ordained minister. Right after Australia legalized gay marriage this past December, Alison Wonderland helped two women get engaged during her show in Sydney. Now, another DJ has helped two men have a moment they will never forget.
On speaking of his proposal Dusty stated,
“EDM and the culture around it is so welcoming. For us to be in a place where a major name DJ in EDM is willing to let two guys get engaged onstage in front of thousands of cheering people is real progress”
As pride month and festival season continues let’s hope to see more moments that prove LOVE is LOVE. You can take a look at the moment between Dusty and Sam unfold below.