On September 5th, Massive Intent once again hosted a huge rave at Travis County Expo Center. Hundreds (thousands?) came out to experience the all-female DJ lineup including two favorites, Sandra Collins and DJ Irene. It was an awesome night.
Here's a breakdown of the good, bad, and funny from the event.
Once again, the music and production values. Massive Intent again put together a professional show with top-notch talent, sound, and lighting. If you enjoy electronic music, you really need to get to one of their events.
The Examiner was able to get on-stage to take pictures, and met Miss Lisa, DJ Irene, and Sandra Collins. Everyone was very cool with me (and other photographers) working around them. This is typically not the case at shows, and it was very appreciated.
Whether drug-induced or not, the crowd was extremely happy and energetic. It's a different crowd, to be sure, but they are just having a good time. The crowd is really what makes a rave fun, and Divas had a great crowd. If you pack that many people together that closely at any other type of show, its an instant mosh pit.
Just like Future Fest, getting into the show was the worst part. The lines were easier to navigate, but the ticket booth staff were rude and just short of incompetent. My name wasn't on the list for press passes (which had been confirmed twice) and I was treated like I was trying to con them. It wasn't a good start to the night, but it also wasn't a show stopper.
Not technically "bad" - Divas was a lot smaller than Future Fest but held in the same venue. No dedicated drum n' bass stage and the outside wasn't open.
Right at the entrance, a raver kid was getting booted (not sure why). The police were asking what was in his pockets and he was wailing in a high-pitched voice, "They're glowsticks! They're just glowsticks!".
The small groups sitting down sucking on pacifiers while some guy in white gloves tipped with LEDs "entertained" them. Ecstasy may feel good but it makes you look dumb. Caught a couple good examples on camera, which you will see in the upcoming "Cast of Divas" post.
Also this (see below). A Bud Light, a camera, a display of affection, and a creepy kid conspire to create an odd shot.
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Photo credits: Tyler Groover