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Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012

A nine-year raver last night before Caffeine got under way.
A nine-year raver last night before Caffeine got under way.
Britt Chester

With another Caffeine Music & Arts Festival on the books for 2012, take a look back at last night's parking-lot scene outside the 1STBANK Center with the folks who traveled from far (Texas) and near (the Springs) for the all-night annual party put on by Triad Dragons.

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

This motley crew drove down from Wyoming for the party with a mixed group of veterans and rookies to the rave scene. "This is our last hurrah before we graduate."

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

This was her first show, not his, and they were both very excited for it. You can sense nervousness in people who've never experienced a rave, but the anxiety is paired with excitement.

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

Here we have a promotor from Texas who raved about the scene in Lubbock and how it's blowing up.

 

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

Another Texan who made the trip north for a guaranteed party.

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

Candy, as these glowing pieces of jewelry are called, is common in the scene. Show-goers traditionally trade them.

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

"I've been doing this for seven years," says this raver.

 

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

Tie-dye has its place, but, really, anything goes when it comes to a rave. Style is nothing like it is in other scenes -- or perhaps the style is acceptance, which is what draws so many in.

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

Meet Virginia. This is her first rave. She is very excited.

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

I saw this guy several times over the course of the evening, and every time, he'd approach me and ask, "Are you having fun?" He was smiling widely the whole time.

 

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

These guys are just pumped. Arriving early can have its drawbacks, but, as they said, "We're ready when the doors open."

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

This couple brought out the big guns for the show. The "Mushroom Twins" were a big hit last year, and they decided to make it a tradition.

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

"We're from Colorado Springs," this couple says. "And the scene there is nothing like it is in Denver." 

 

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

"We would rather save money for shows here than go to ones in Colorado Springs."

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

"I'm just here to slang shirts," says Tom, owner of Hyphy Color.

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

Some right-on-time arrivals just pulled up, all smiles and ready to party.

 

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

Just as the sun was dropping, this punk-gone-rave couple came walking up -- no words, just grins -- and then they were off.

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012

Another motley crew from Colorado Springs pre-gaming in the lot prior to the show. Their ritual, as they put it: "Show up, slam a few, then roll in."

Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012
Britt Chester

This here is a car hood. Those are stickers of various Denver-based dance/rave companies. Pretty simple.



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