Big Dub relies heavily on the vibes & nature of its community. One single person can ruin the vibes of any event if they are not in balance with those around them, while at the same time a unanimous air of positive energy and people who observe our core principles can create a feeling and energy that resounds in ways that are indescribable to anyone unless you were there to feel it yourself. KEEP BIG DUB GREAT. Even if you have attended for years it’s a good idea to remind yourself of who we are and what this community means. If this is your first time attending then you MUST be on board with these principles and understand them before you set foot on the property. Seriously – don’t be dick! Help us to create an unforgettable, energetic, safe, and clean atmosphere.
CONSENT: This cannot be stressed enough! We exist in an industry/scene that has been plagued with consent issues & cleaning it up starts with everyone. Awareness is key. Be mindful about your interactions and pay attention to ensure you are not invading someone’s comfort zone. This includes anything from what you say & what you share to the act of touch. Consent is all about communication; from asking before hugging to clarifying a person’s interest, to discussing sexual activity & comfort before anything happens. If you feel your consent is violated by someone or if you are simply being bothered or don’t feel safe please report it to any member of our security team so they can politely, professionally, and discreetly handle.
RADICAL SELF EXPRESSION: We are all unique, passionate people. There is a ﬁre that burns inside all of us… but is time to let that ﬁre out so that it shines brightly for all to see. Over the past few years, we have seen people express themselves in so many ways. Feel free to be yourself. Wear what you want. Dance how you want. Talk to who you want. You are free to give the gift of yourself to others. Just be sure to be respectful to the rights and boundaries of your recipients.
RADICAL SELF RELIANCE: Discover, arrange and rely on your own resources. Preparedness is both important & sexy! “Don’t Be A D*ck” by assuming that others will take care of you. That means bringing your own supplies, knowing how to use them, staying fed/hydrated, having a flashlight at night, and not “borrowing” things from others without having some means of returning the favor. DON’T BE THE POSTERCHILD OF WOOKERY (it isn’t cool and it’s an annoyance or burden to others)
PARTICIPATION: While anyone can be a spectator, Big Dub Festival is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing life like you have never done before. We are all responsible for shaping an amazing experience. We do our best to remove restrictions in our events and encourage full on participation in themes, workshops, and interacting with each other. Removing hesitation and maintaining a focus on the energy around us puts us all on a uniﬁed platform, allowing for that energy to ﬂow as it may which has been entirely positive as we have seen in the past few years!
GIFTING: This is the act of making someone’s day… by doing things for another without expectation of compensation or return. When possible, we throw free events to give something special to everyone. We encourage our patrons to give to each other in any way they can. It’s a great feeling to be able to pull resources together and know that we’re making a difference in people’s lives. Gifting can also be as simple as lending someone a helping hand.
ACCEPTANCE & INCLUSION: We all seek to be accepted for who we choose to be. We are subject to continual judgment in the outside world but you are free to express yourself and know that you will be accepted. On the other hand, you must also be accepting of the differences & choices of others and not pass judgment. We are a family built included one another and supporting each other every step of the way.
RESPECT & MINDFULNESS: We are a community that is based on trust, love and understanding. Be mindful of your actions at all times to make sure that you are respecting those around you. Sometimes this can be forgotten in a party environment but it can eat away at all we work so hard for. Also remembers that all members of society expect to be treated fairly regardless of what they do or how they choose to dress (or not dress at all in some cases). Basically “Don’t Be A D*ck!”
LEAVE NO TRACE: We take pride in leaving venues in better condition than before we started. We expect that everyone has the sensibility to not litter, to clean up after themselves, and to respect the venues as well as the Earth. Four Quarters is a very sacred land to many, us included. Please show the land lots of love. If you don’t know how to dispose of something, please ask a staff member! YOU (as a camper & guest on our grounds) are responsible for keeping your campsite clean at all times, packing trash out at the end of the festival, and for keeping something on hand to put your cigarette butts into so they don’t end up on the ground.
While all of these principles are exercised on the Mountain, they are an ethos that can be taken into “real life” and applied to make the world a better, more positive place. The change must start from within you.