October 29, 2012


Lessons From Voodoo: Dos and Don'ts of Seeing Skrillex Live

Aubree Lennon for Fuse
Aubree Lennon for Fuse

When Skrillex showed up to the play Voodoo Fest 2012, the crowd looked a little bit like devout Catholics coming to see the Pope: they were in complete awe and utterly bewildered at the very sight of the man they consider their almighty leader. Ravers, party girls, bros and even a few football jersey-wearing fans (New Orleans Saints, of course) piled in deep at the Le Plur stage Sunday night for a chance to see the $15 million man do his thing on the 1s and 2s. (P.S. Check out who else played Day 3 at Voodoo Fest.)

With a seizure-inducing light show and pyro that would make the Chicago Fire jealous, a Skrillex live set is not for the faint of heart. It is, essentially, a DJ show, and DJ equipment isn't exactly mobile. So while there might not be too much to watch if you're not the laser-and-fire type, there's still a ton of stuff to do at a Skrillex show...and not do.

Certain behaviors will and will not be allowed at a live Skrillex show, and if you're a first-time attendee, you'll pick up on these pretty quickly. For example, do make friends with the strangers next to you. At a Skrillex show, everyone's family! Not even in a cheesy way.

Check out our list of dos and don'ts of seeing Skrillex live below, and peep more of our Voodoo Fest 2012 coverage.

DO whatever Skrillex says. If he raises his arms, raise your arms. If he yells, yell back. If he says, "Get me coffee," ask, "How do you like it?"

DON'T answer your phone. It's going to sound like AOL trying to find a connection in 1996.

DON'T journal from the grassy knoll in the distance. Come on, dude.

DON'T wear earplugs. Bush-league!

DO get on your tallest friend's shoulders. 'Cause you're really not seeing anything otherwise.

DON'T be alarmed by the extreme pyro. We're sure those six bajillion propane tanks near the front of the stage were totally signed off on.

DON'T get taken away by the emergency golf cart. You're probably going to miss the rest of the show.

DON'T bring a sign, ya jerk! No one behind you can see!

DO crowd surf! #YOLO

DO leave your expensive camera with your friend who's not crowd surfing when you crowd surf.

DON'T stop midway through your quest to get backstage to take a photo of yourself. Instagram can wait.

DO make friends with strangers. A friend of Skrillex's is a friend of yours.

DO bring your own painted mannequin head on a stick. That will help with the making friends part.

DON'T tell the security guards your wristband is a photo pass when it is clearly not a photo pass.

DON'T hold your beer in the air the entire show. I mean, your arm's just going to get tired.

DO clutch you beer close to your chest. There's a very large possibility it will get whacked out of your hand.

DON'T take a nap. (Yes, we really saw this.)

DON'T situate yourself next to the one glow stick dancer on your side of the audience.

DON'T be alarmed when said glow stick dancer offers you a plastic connector so you can fashion your own glow sticks into a necklace. It is a peace offering.

DO master one of the 12 ways to dance at an EDM show.

DON'T have a drug test scheduled any time soon. (And we're just referring to the second-hand smoke.)

DON'T feel bad if you start to have fun.