Above & Beyond announced the full schedule and festival map for the Group Therapy Weekender at The Gorge. A few sharp eyes on the DMNW team noticed the absence of a Conscious Crew station and instead found a Ground Control station.
For those of you who are not familiar, the Insomniac Events-run Ground Control is almost exactly the same as Conscious Crew. That is, save for one major difference it’s important to be aware of: While Conscious Crew wears bright orange shirts, Ground Control chose dark purple. This seemingly innocuous difference could potentially cause some difficulty — and confusion — as the sun goes down, making it difficult to discern in large crowds.
Operationally, Ground Control functions similarly to Conscious Crew, as a group of volunteers that moves through the crowd, making sure everyone is happy, hydrated, and safe. They are also a point of contact if you are having a health emergency.
We did reach out to Conscious Crew, who confirmed they “will not be on-site at the ABGT Weekender however we are supportive of the decision to bring Ground Control to the show.”
That being so, the message (so to speak) that we are trying to convey is: If you are in trouble, look for the dark purple shirts. All other harm reduction policies still apply, including the fact that Washington is a Good Samaritan state should you need to get anyone help.
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