Don’t let the invaders get the upper hand! These crucial tips will help you stay strong and alert.
Use the Buddy System
It’s easy to get separated at festivals. Know where your friends are, set up 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, and always leave the show with everyone in your crew.
Fashion & Function
Come prepared for hours of dancing! Wear comfortable sneakers and lightweight, breathable clothes that make you feel good. If you choose to wear heavy fabrics and faux furs, remember to stay hydrated.
Water Refill Stations
Whether you’re a nonstop dancing machine or you like to stroll through the festival and take in all the sights and sounds, hydration is essential to keeping you going all weekend long. That’s why we provide hydration stations throughout the venue—free of charge! Look for the water droplet symbols on the festival map to find the nearest station, and fill up your reusable Insomniac water bottle (get your very own at our merch booth!), hydration pack, or any empty beverage container (purchased inside the event). The water may not be icy cold, but warm water is easier to digest, and it’s lovingly filtered through state-of-the-art systems, including UV sterilization.
Ground Control is a family of team members dedicated to helping Headliners stay happy, healthy, and hydrated at Insomniac events! You can spot their signature purple shirts, fanny packs, and light sabers as they make their way through all areas of the festival. Please approach any of them if you want assistance or simply need a friend! We strongly believe in the beauty and power of helping others, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you have a safe, memorable experience.
Throughout the festival, you’ll find teams of friendly medical practitioners ready to care for your every need—free of charge, no questions asked. If you’re lightheaded or nauseated or have too many blisters from dancing the night away, please visit a first aid station. Or feel free to flag down one of the Insomniac Health & Safety Team officers roaming throughout the venue. These heroic people stay on their feet for the entirety of every event to keep a watchful, caring eye on you!
Play Hard, Not High
Countdown is an amazing adventure; you can enjoy the show without alcohol or illegal narcotics. 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 into how much alcohol is safe to consume.
Insomniac enforces a zero-tolerance drug policy at all of its events—end of story. Don’t be the person that ends up getting escorted out of the venue! Keep the weekend great for yourself, your friends, and your fellow Headliners.
Take Care of Each Other
If you suspect that someone is suffering from a medical issue or potential drug overdose, seek immediate attention at one of the clearly marked medical stations, or find an event staff member. Remember, you will not get in trouble for seeking medical help!
Notify medical or security if a friend is experiencing:
- Pale skin color or bluish tinge
- Abnormal heart rate and/or breathing (too fast or slow)
- Abnormal body temperature (too hot or cold)
- Delusions, hallucinations or paranoia
- Pupils that don’t react to changes in light
- Confusion, stupor (unresponsive but conscious), coma, or inability to be roused
No one likes taking care of wasted friends. Don’t be that person!
- 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” will not help someone suffering from alcohol poisoning.
- Always try to keep intoxicated people awake and in an upright/sitting position—not lying down.