Paradiso 2016 - The Message
Paradiso 2016 is drawing near. As with every festival, the importance of safety cannot be stressed enough. All of us at USC have been hard at work to improve the safety efforts at Paradiso this year, but The Message is not just about what we do, your efforts are key to making all events safe.
Being prepared, staying hydrated, taking personal responsibility, looking out for others are just some of the things you can do. Please watch The Message video for Paradiso 2016 and get ready to make this year the best yet.
“When we started our health and safety campaign The Message, we weren’t totally sure how’d you react. But we’ve been blown away by the response. You amplified The Message about acting responsibly and taking care of each other, and made it part of our unique culture.” – Chad Anderson
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.
And that is The Message!
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.
The second video for The Message was filmed at Resolution on New Year’s Eve 2013 and focused on the Conscious Crew’s vital role in our campaign. Our volunteers are a HUGE part of what makes everything come together at these festivals, including the most important role of keeping everyone safe. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts and greatly appreciate having them as members of the USC Family!
Water equals life. We have free water readily available throughout the venue to replenish your body and keep you hydrated all night long.
Free Water Stations
Keeping hydrated is a major part of attending any festival! 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 festival. These are allowed at all future festivals 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 festival 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 festival!
All water stations at any festival can be easily Identified on the festival map. Smiling volunteers will be standing by to help keep you hydrated!
On the dance floor, we're all best friends. Keep an eye out for our volunteer rovers who'll lend a hand if needed.
In our next video for The Message, we highlight our continued focus on security, health and safety. With the addition of Edwin Reyes as the Health and Safety Director at USC Events, extra steps are being taken to ensure a safe and fun festival experience for all! We take the health and safety of all of our adventurers very seriously and are committed to providing world-class events that are safe, secure, and healthy so you all can focus on having a great time!
Our staff, security and medics never judge, so talk to them if you need help or see someone who does.
As we gather together at each event, it is important to remember the need for responsible actions from YOU! We want everyone to be able to enjoy these musical experiences for years to come. We are an amazing community that has proven time and time again that when we all come together, amazing things happen! That’s why we ask every attendee to act responsibly themselves and help take care of each other by helping us spread The Message!
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's best to plan ahead so you have a safe and easy ride ready at the end of the night. If your plan falls through, our staff can help you make arrangements to get home safely, just ask!
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:
Burning calories requires energy. Your body needs sustenance before the fun begins, so eat a hearty meal! Vendors will be available if you get hungry throughout the night
Please share our videos and the list of tips with your friends and others in our community. A simple reminder of personal responsibility might just change someone’s entire experience for the better!
USC Events is committed to electronic dance music and its fans. We will do everything in our power to ensure that everyone who comes to our club events and festivals returns home safely. We will set clear expectations about behavior and emphasize that help is always available and nearby. We also encourage fans to take responsibility for their own actions. Together, we will ensure our music, art and culture stays positive.
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!