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Are EDM Concerts Raves?

Many people ask me if EDM concerts are raves. The short answer is yes. All EDM concerts are raves. To dive deeper, there are some key differences to answer your question more thoroughly.

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What is an EDM concert?

To understand what the difference between an EDM concert and a rave is to understand what exactly an EDM concert is. An EDM concert is typically an artist, DJ or group of that is brought to a venue by an event organizer or promoter. These events can range from 500 people to 170,000 people. They are commercially marketed online, by the promotor, social media, or by billboards in your city see along the side of the street. There is a set ticket price, and you can either pay in advance or at the door for entry. Once inside, genres and subgenres can range from house, techno, hard techno, hi-tech, trance to psytrance and the experience is centered around that specific DJ or group of DJs.

What is a rave?

A rave is a community of people brought together in a space to listen to music put on by a DJ. A rave is like an EDM concert in that there is either one artist, DJ or group of that is brought to a space. The key difference is that typically a rave is put on by a DJ or an organizer. These events are smaller than concerts and you can find them within your own rave and local electronic music communities. The ticket prices can range from being completely free, to a donation based, to a ticket system. Like an EDM Concert, a rave can have many genres and sub-genres. The key draw of a rave is musical self-discovery. They typically push the limits of what type of music can be explored the later the night goes.


Are EDM Concerts Raves?

The short answer to your question is yes. All events that have electronic music where people gather to listen to that music and enjoy positive energy is both a rave and an EDM concert. There are some slight differences between the two and we’re happy to help answer those questions!

Key Differences between a Rave and an EDM concert

There are 5 key factors to explore in both a rave, and EDM concert. Those are:

  • Music
  • Event Organization
  • Fashion
  • Event Timeline
  • Event Location

Let’s explore!


Music in raves and EDM concerts are very similar. EDM concerts will feature many up and coming and established artists selected by an event organizer. Those artists range in genre and subgenres. You will find all these subgenres in both an EDM concert and a rave:

  • House
  • Techno
  • Trance
  • Dubstep
  • Drum & Bass
  • Hardstyle

A rave event is great because it allows you to find and discover more subgenres that you might not find at an EDM concert. These subgenres can include:

  • Downtempo
  • Breakbeat
  • Moombahton
  • Juke
  • Trap
  • Grime
  • Garage

Raves are a great place to go and explore if you are looking for a new place to discover different sounds that you don’t typically come across.

Event Organization

The organizers of events in EDM concert and raves can differ. DJs typically enjoy putting on raves to showcase the music that is being developed in their DJ community. Those DJs have strong resources to put together amazing set-lists because you guessed it – other DJs relate to them. This creates a very central theme to music, with strong visualizations to show accompanying. At an EDM concert, there is an event organizer or promotor who organizes the events. Their resources are very similar, along with holding a backing of a venue as well. The event organizers are great because they can put on a great show with strong visuals, excellent sound (bring your music earplugs), and the perfect amount of people for the venue size. They also add activities in the concert and great merchandise as well such as light up toys, items and clothing for the DJ represented.


One of the greatest and most special experiences to see in both raves and EDM concerts is the fashion. For both men and women, there are no barriers to what you can wear and there’s no space for judgement in what you choose to wear to a rave. For men, you will see anything at an EDM concert or rave ranging from shorts and a t-shirt to a Tigger onesie to a spacesuit. Women can wear what they choose as well with the entire community making sure that they are safe – whether you wear as much clothing or as little clothing as you choose. You will see anything and everything, and people truly enjoy expressing themselves with colors, anything reflective, bright and out of this world at shows.

Event Time

EDM concerts and raves are similar in that they both can go very late. The deciding factor for what ends an EDM concerts, and raves are different. An EDM concert has a set end time based off the venue or a city curfew. The curfew can be very late, many ending at 4 in the morning in different cities. A rave can go well into the morning with the deciding factor of what ends it being when the DJ’s feel it is a good time to stop playing their music.

Event Location

EDM Concerts are put on by an event organizer and are created around a venue. Those venues can include club event spaces, large open-air spaces like NOS events center or concert venues like the Hollywood bowl and Red Rocks amphitheater. Raves can be held in these events space and others such as outdoor beaches, parks, warehouses, desert and forests.    


As one can see, there are many reasons why EDM concerts and raves are similar. As they are the same, although there are some key differences to the events. Either of them is great to find yourselves amongst great people in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere to listen to great music, explore and express yourself. Regardless of where you choose to go, you will have a great time and talk about it for years to come!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and welcome to the YESIRAVE! Community! We welcome you to read more in our blog to learn about rave fashion, what to bring to your first camping event, what to bring to your first rave and even welcome you to consider going to an event if you are thinking of going to one alone!

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