#TheMessage At FreakNight 2018
Posted: Friday, October 5th, 2018
We Are All One Family
As we prepare for the coming freaky festivities, it is important to take a moment to talk about safety. While this might not be the most exciting subject to discuss, it is by far the most important. A few years ago we launched dedicated safety messaging for all of our events called #TheMessage. Take a few moments to review the tenants of The Message and make plans on how you can be safe and responsible at FreakNight 2018 and all future events.
Let's act responsibly. We are a community and we need to set our own boundaries.
The USC family has a passion for dance music that extends far beyond the music itself. Our united state of consciousness is a safety-minded one, and USC has an ongoing dedication to create the healthiest possible dance environment possible for all of you! The time has come for expectations to be set for all of our behavior and for all to be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions. If you feel overwhelmed, do not be afraid to ask for help. It’s our mission to have help readily available.
Our community is what keeps us going through the long days and sleepless nights
Together, we will ensure that our music, art, and culture stay positive.
The music doesn't stop, but you should. Take breaks and pace yourself, dancing is hard work!
We kicked off our campaign for The Message – USC’s commitment to keeping our music, art and culture positive – in fall of 2013 and it was embraced with great enthusiasm by the entire PNW region. The inclusion of our free water stations and Conscious Crew volunteers have been welcomed additions to our festivals since, and that response from the community has been inspiring.
Our first video features USC CEO Chad and DJ Dig-Dug discussing how we are encouraging safety and personal responsibility from all of our attendees
Take care of each other. If you see someone who could use help, don't just walk by. Stop and talk.
FREE WATER STATIONS
Keeping hydrated is a major part of attending any event! USC has made the commitment to provide free water stations at all USC festivals.
Staying hydrated is key to busting a move all night long! You will be able to purchase a reusable, customized water bottle from any USC merchandise booth inside the event. These are allowed at all future events and may be refilled for free at the water stations for the lifetime of the bottle. Buy it once and never pay for water at another USC event again! Additionally, plastic water bottles purchased inside the venues can be refilled for free at the water stations. Remember, the reusable bottles not only save your body, but save our environment by reducing the number of plastic bottles used at any given event!
Those that get into drug or alcohol trouble at events are often with friends who don't know what to do. Washington State law protects you, so get help at the first sign of trouble.
USC Events’ Zero Tolerance Policy
- All USC Events have a strict zero tolerance policy when it comes to illegal substances. At every show, there’ll be extra security at the door and security staff inside the event venue.
- Good harm reduction means we offer everyone help who needs it. While we have medical personnel on site, we assume you’d rather not see them. Enjoy the music until the very last beat.
- Simply put, there is no safe drug, and no safe dosage. There’re so many variables – the drug content, your body chemistry, how much water you drink, how long you dance without a break – that the best way we ensure everyone goes home safe is to say: no drugs allowed.
- For our music and community to grow and continue, we need people to take care of each other. We want to create memories to last your entire life. Our most important goal is keeping our community positive for everyone.
It is of paramount importance to recall the necessity of responsibility! In this installment of “The Message” we reached out to you and asked how you live The Message while enjoying a show.
Personal responsibility is a tenet of The Message we hold dear and hope that you do too. While we take the health and safety of all patrons seriously, the element of Personal Responsibility ultimately falls upon you.
Take a listen to some stories form fans who live, support, and share the tenets of The Message:
We care about you even when you're not at an event. Our culture is all about celebrating life. Keep the vibes positive and we'll see you on the dance floor!