Health and Wellness
We want you to have the time of your life at EDC New York, but we also want you to be safe, responsible, and respectful of yourself and others. Below are some helpful tips and information on how to maximize positive vibes while at the festival.
HYDRATE - AT OUR FREE WATER REFILL STATIONS
There will be clearly marked Free Water Refill Stations on-site where you can fill any empty beverage container for free. These stations dispense municipal water that has gone through state-of-the-art filtration systems, including ultraviolet sterilization. Specific locations can be found on your festival guide.
We also sell reusable Insomniac-branded stainless steel water bottles that may be brought into all Insomniac festivals as long as they're empty—a stylish way to stay hydrated. Bring your bottle to the Free Water Refill Stations any time during the event. If you don't have one, any empty beverage container will do. Of course, water and sports drinks will also be available for purchase at our merchandise booths.
FASHION & FUNCTION
Wear something comfortable, lightweight and a material that breathes. Be prepared for all types of weather. Avoid heavy fabrics and faux furs. Comfortable tennis shoes are the best way to go! Sandals and flip-flops can make for sore feet.
USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
It might sound a little elementary, but having your friend's back is anything but childish. At a festival with so many amazing people it's really easy to get separated. Know where your friends are, setup meeting points, and stick together—two or three brains are better than one! If you think a new or old friend needs help, ask our friendly staff to assist.
Accidents happen. If you or a friend would like medical attention, look for the red cross symbols on your festival map to locate one of our Medical Stations. EDC New York is staffed with the most qualified medical personal. From a Band-Aid on up, we're here for you should you need anything at all.
Ground Control is dedicated to helping headliners stay happy, healthy and hydrated during Insomniac festivals. Our family of volunteers will be rocking their signature purple shirts, fanny packs, and light sabers, and will make their way through all areas of the festival. Please approach a Ground Control team member if you want assistance or simply need a friend! We all strongly believe in the beauty and power of helping others, and will do everything we can to make sure you have a safe, memorable experience.
PLAY HARD, NOT HIGH
Insomniac institutes a Zero Tolerance drug policy at all of its events—end of story. Don't be the person that ends up on YouTube getting escorted out of the venue. Keep the weekend great for all of us. Don't be that guy (or girl).
If you suspect that someone is suffering from a medical issue or potential drug overdose, seek immediate medical attention at one of the clearly marked Medical Stations, or find a Ground Control team member.
Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:
- Abnormal Heart Rate (too fast or too slow)
- Abnormal Body Temperature (too hot or too cold)
- Abnormal Breathing (too fast or too slow)
- Flushed, Reddish or Pale Skin Color (Skin can be cool and sweaty, or hot and dry)
- Won't Wake Up
- Delusions or Hallucinations or Paranoia
- Pupils that do not react to changes in the light
HANG OUT, DON'T PASS OUT
EDC New York is already an amazing adventure, you don't need to consume excessive amounts of alcohol to have a good time. If you're under 21, you can't drink—period. If you're of legal age, be smart about how much you consume. More booze does not equal more fun, and alcohol is not a beverage to cool off or rehydrate with. It's important to remember that your body weight and height will factor in to how much alcohol is safe to consume.
Simply put, we want each hour you spend at EDC New York to be a happy and healthy one. Besides, no one likes taking care of drunken friends.
Things You Should Know:
- Drunk people should not be responsible for other drunk people
- Binge drinking is the most dangerous kind there is—the faster you drink, the higher your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) becomes
- Strong coffee, a cold shower, sleeping or walking it off does not help someone suffering from alcohol poisoning
- Do try and keep intoxicated people awake, in an upright and sitting position—not lying down
Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning:
- Slow or Irregular Breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute, or 10 seconds or more between breaths)
- Confusion, stupor (unresponsive but conscious), coma, or person cannot be roused
- Hypothermia (low body temperature)
- Pale skin color or bluish tinge
A FINAL WORD
You, the headliner, make EDC New York special. Your creativity, enthusiasm, and participation breathe life into what we do. Our Health and Safety tips are meant to foster an atmosphere of peace and community for what we hope will be one of the most memorable times of your life. A truly successful weekend requires everyone's cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!