There really is more to throwing a rave, or dance party, than getting your friends together to promote a party in the woods. Although that is the image that many people hold in their mind. If you want to organize a rave, here are a few tips to help get you started.
Find a location that can hold a great deal of people. You will want to make sure the venue has good ventilation and a great sound system (unless you choose to bring your own).
Hire security for your rave. You will need a certain number of security guards depending on the number of people you expect. Check you city's laws for the exact numbers.
Select a DJ. The main ingredient to a successful party is the DJ. If your DJ already has a reputation, then he will bring people in with little effort.
Take out proper insurance to cover personal and damage liability. Some venues include this in the price, while others make you take the insurance out on your own.
Find promoters to get the word out on your party. Promoters usually get paid by how many people they bring in on their guest list.
Staff your rave if you venue does not provide bartenders, doormen, janitors or other key people needed during the party. Make sure you organize a shift schedule if the rave is long.
Print flyers to advertise your party. With raves, your audience expects hip design. Consider hiring an artist in the scene to create your flyer.
Do a venue check a few days before the party. Make sure that everything is set up for your rave, including the sound system.
Check the guest lists to see how many people you are expecting. Beef up security if you need to.
Call any VIP guests to make sure they will be attending. Make sure that they are on the comp (free) list, so they don't have to wait in line.
Make sure the staff is prepared for the crowd. Provide everyone working the rave with a uniform, most likely consisting of a t-shirt, to set them apart form the crowd.
Confirm your paperwork is in order and make several copies of permits and licenses to bring with you to the party in case the police show up.
If this is your first rave, consider working with an established promotion company so that you gain experience.
Make sure you get all the licenses and permits required by your locale. An illegal rave may be cheaper, but it will get shut down immediately.