Whether you’re at an outdoor love-in, a hush-hush 4 a.m. loft afterparty, or a massive EDM banger like Bud Light’s Sensation—which, as we detailed earlier this week, is FINALLY coming to Canada, hands up!—this much is clear: Partying has rules. Don’t fret, though: we have your back with this handy list of tips that’ll help you navigate the party of the summer (and all subsequent parties, so keep them in your back pocket).
1. Let the DJs do their thing.
The lion is the king of the jungle, and the DJ is the king of this ecosystem. And no, (s)he doesn’t bite. Still, should you find yourself onstage, for the love of everything good, never… ever… request… anything. Ever.
2. Respect the diversity of the flora and fauna.
Look around. In addition to the 30,990 people you’d normally party with, there are the outsiders. You know, the people who always show up at game-changing parties like this. There’s a five-panel-hat-rocking bro. A girl with a botched Skrillex haircut. Three corporate dads in ill-fitting blazers. A 50-year-old house-music know-it-all who’s talking about “the Chicago warehouse scene from back in the day.” An Alsatian tourist losing his mind. A glowstick-toting pixie girl who is, seemingly, made entirely of midriff. Learn to coexist with everyone, they might just buy you and your friends a round.
3. Let go. No, really: light it up.
It’s your first time here, eh? It shows. Y’know how you dance when no one’s watching? Y’know, that little dance you do when you’re alone in your bedroom? Yeah, do THAT. No one will judge.
4. Groom. And groom well.
No, we’re not asking you to cover yourself in body glitter or get neon-pink dreadlock extensions (mostly because pink isn’t allowed at Bud Light’s Sensation). All we’re saying is that things get HOT, so wear deodorant. On the dancefloor, there’s nothing worse than that shirtless dude who smells like tacos.
5. Do unto others.
Someone trying to pass by? Let them. Someone accidentally bash into you while dancing? Let it go. Someone spill their beer all over your pristine white shirt you bought for this very event? Get a new one. Treat others as you’d want to be treated—and check the aggro at the gates.
6. Hydrate. Then hydrate more.
Don’t want to become THAT GUY? Wise move, grasshopper. Since you’re going to be drinking a few Bud Lights, you’re going to want to drink water. Lots of it. Think of water like a beer chaser for responsible people. Plus if you’re not getting uber-sweaty, then chances are, you’re not partying properly. Replace those fluids!
7. Don’t feed the hostile creatures.
It’s inevitable: you’ll come across some guy or girl who’s hell bent on not having as much fun as you. Don’t let him ruin the party, MAKE HIM join your party. We’re all in this together.
8. Dress appropriately for the environment.
Make no mistake, Bud Light’s Sensation has a strictly enforced all-white dress code. It’s MANDATORY. The party demands it. Have you seen how people pull themselves together for Burning Man? Or for Shambhala? Or even for the Gathering of the fricking Juggalos? These folks understand: Certain events demand dress codes. It only serves to heighten the party. Pro tip: just like Lebowski, the dude abides the dress code, lest you stick out like an MBA student at a DIY hardcore show.
9. Don’t leave early. Ever.
Okay, this is advice for noobs maybe, but good advice nonetheless: Be prepared to stay up late. Yes, for some, it’s an inclination to leave once the bar hits last call. Ignore that inclination. Believe us—the best stuff happens far, far after last call.
10. Keep partying!
Because there’s always another chance to light it up. Bud Light is revolutionizing what it means to party in Canada, so apply these party skills and you’ll be in check for all that comes next.
Meet fellow revelers on Twitter via the Bud Light Presents Sensation hashtag: #budlightsensation. The immersive, highly anticipated EDM spectacle is on Canadian shores on June 1 at Toronto’s Rogers Centre and it’s your duty to be there. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.ca (or by calling 1-855-985-5000). You must be 19 years or older to attend.