How to Hold a Freetekno or Free Party

A freetekno or free party is a party "free" from the restrictions of the legal club scene, which typically involves a sound system playing electronic dance music from late at night (usually a Saturday) until the time when the organizers decide to go home, which is usually a day or two later. A free party can be composed of just one system or of many and when the party becomes a festival it is called a "teknival".

Steps

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    Location : Scout out your location well in advance. If it's an urban party, check the place out first, maybe during the daytime. Consider how easily and covertly you can get possibly hundreds of ravers inside the place. Check it out for dangerous drops, equipment, electrical and fire hazards. If you can deal with them, do so, otherwise use caution tape to secure them. If your location is in a forest or park, scout it out to make sure it's not all muddy.
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    Map Point : Arrange a map point for people to meet at on the way to the party. Consider accessibility, perhaps place your map point along a transit route. Provide a link to Mapquest or Google Maps. Don't release your location or map point until 24 hours before the event. This discourages pushers and police from showing up and ruining your fun.
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    Power Source : The most popular power sources are gas-fired generators, like the kind a person may buy for use at a cottage. Gas generators typically provide the most power, and are thus preferred by most sound systems. They are not the only alternative, though, many sound systems run off of discarded car batteries. The downside to this is the weight and bulk of your power source. There are even some sound systems out there that are run by bicycle power
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    Speakers : Obviously if you want to make noise, you'll need speakers. Powered speakers are ideal as they don't require an amp, but old amps are easy to come by anyway. If you don't have speakers you can rent them from music stores in your area. Be on the lookout for discarded speakers, as well. They may still be salvageable.
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    DJ equipment : If you want DJs to play, you'll need at least two turntables, a mixer (use a durable one) and all the necessary cables
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    Transportation : You'll need to haul all this stuff around, somehow. Arrange a ride well in advance. Be certain that your ride is available to haul the equipment to the party and back the next morning. Know your driver. Make sure the driver isn't intoxicated.
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    Decoration : Good decorations make the difference between a good party and a great party. Don't let this slip past you. Make your decorations weeks in advance.

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