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We all journey down different paths in our daily lives. Some of us work in graveyards; others are ophthalmology technicians, IT service desk engineers, or YouTube content creators, to name a few. When we venture to a festival, however, we remove our costumes and transform into truer versions of ourselves, meeting in a world that allows us to leave all our worries (and boring-ass clothes) behind.

Insomniac celebrates #TransformationTuesday by asking six unique Headliners to discuss their lives in and out of the festival.

Read our full #TransformationTuesday series to meet even more awesome Headliners. And remember: Ravers are everywhere.


Headliner: Vanessa S.
Age: 29
Hometown: Peyton, CO
Occupation: Full-time mom, certified nursing assistant, and ASU student
How long have you been raving? 1 year
Which festival are you most looking forward to in 2018?
I am looking forward to EDC Las Vegas. It’s definitely an amazing experience. Everyone is so happy, the music is bomb, and I can forget all my worries for three nights! My life is hectic and busy, so it’s awesome to be able to get away, meet amazing new people, and have a great time. EDC Las Vegas is lit!


Headliner: Nicole P.
Age: 27
Hometown: La Mirada, CA
Occupation: Ophthalmology technician
How long have you been raving? 11 years
Which festival are you most looking forward to in 2018?
Every year, I’m most excited about EDC [Las Vegas]. I’ve been going since 2008, so it’s just part of my life now. EDC is something to look forward to every summer and gives me a reason to work hard all year long.


Headliner: Kenny K.
Age: 28
Hometown: Lowell, MA
Occupation: IT service desk engineer
How long have you been raving? 5 years
Which festival are you most looking forward to in 2018?
I’m really looking forward to Middlelands, because of the atmosphere. I’ve never been in an environment that combines the Middle Ages with raving, and I think the creativity of history with music can be a great learning experience. I also like the idea that you can be one with nature. You can be free at Middlelands, and that’s what festivals should be about. The dungeons, dragons, knights, kings, and castles are also really cool.


Headliner: Joelle P.
Age: 21
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Occupation: Appointment coordinator and soon-to-be nail technician student
How long have you been raving? 3.5 years
Which festival are you most looking forward to in 2018?
Escape, easily! I love seeing all the costumes that other Headliners come up with, as well as all the decorations! I am obsessed with Halloween, and I’ve always wanted to attend Escape with my boyfriend, Daniel. He’s been my rave partner since day one, so to attend an event like Escape on or around the same day as my favorite day would be one to remember! Here’s to hoping that one day I’ll be able to go.


Headliner: Maggie A.
Age: 28
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Occupation: Student and YouTube content creator
How long have you been raving? 3 years
Which festival are you most looking forward to in 2018?
EDC Las Vegas is my own personal heaven, so May can’t come soon enough! What more could you ask for from a festival experience? I’m one of those Headliners that gets emotional before we even enter the Speedway; EDC is truly my favorite place on earth. Also, since this is going to be the first year that Insomniac offers camping options, there’s definitely going to be a new, exciting vibe. Having a tent at the venue is so convenient when you’re raging from dusk till dawn.


Headliner: Summer S.
Age: 24
Hometown: Mammoth, CA
Occupation: Hotel graveyards and BBQ smokehouse employee
How long have you been raving? 9 years
Which festival are you most looking forward to in 2018?
I’ve always been excited for Escape. I’ve been to every single one since they started it. I love it mostly because of all the wonderful costumes you get to see! People go all out—and even more so since it’s Halloween. It’s just awesome to see all those beautiful people and their creativity shine. Although Beyond Wonderland was my first massive, Escape will forever have my heart.


If you would like the chance to celebrate #TransformationTuesday with Insomniac, please email your best transformation photos to osteinbe@gmail.com by Tuesday, January 30.



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