It’s an unspoken – and often unwanted – truth that drugs and alcohol go hand in hand with dance music. All of those illegal and prohibited items have to make their way into the festivals somehow… right? Thanks to a recent “Ask Reddit” thread, ravers now have some clever tips for stashing their prohibited fun.


What started as a question aimed at festival workers, however, quickly became answered by just anyone who had a crafty trick and a keyboard… So, be wary when putting these into action. The jellyfish trick sounds like the most solid option, to be honest.

Note: we do not condone trying to sneak drugs or alcohol into festivals and events. If you must, for whatever reason, remember to test your purchase.

Festival workers, what is the cleverest way you’ve seen someone hide their drugs/alcohol? from AskReddit

10 WAYS PEOPLE HAVE HIDDEN DRUGS/ALCOHOL

1. Be honest (this probably won’t work)…

TinyTeaLover: At Warped Tour my friend had joints in his socks, and when he walked up to the security guard he said “don’t forget to check my socks, it’s where my drugs are.” and they both had a laugh and his socks didn’t get checked. It was great.

2. Boobs work wonders…

karaplace: Boob bags! Ziplock bags half full of tequila stuffed in your bra. Remember when water padded bras were a thing? Why?

3. Bury it…

LinusFallimento: Not a festival worker but one time, some guys buried their booze on the festival grounds weeks before preparations started. Once they were in, they just dug them up.

valley_pete: People do that with nitrous tanks too. Pretty baller move.

4. Stash gauges… 

pumpkinrum: I saw someone who hid some type of pills in their ear gauges. They were pretty huge, so it worked like a charm.

5. Little crocheted jellyfish…

introtothepanic: My sister asked me to crochet her a little jellyfish like this as a necklace. Where the tentacles come together is usually where these are finished and tied off, but instead I made a little draw string system as part of the tentacles so she could take out some of the poly-fil and stuff it with whatever substance she wanted.

6. Pens…

Stroke_n_Smoke: The cleverest I have seen is a girl used a pen to smuggle in pills. You just remove the ink inside.

7. Skip the line…

tallandlanky: I never hid it. At Lolla we would load a backpack with drugs and alcohol and simply have a friend on the outside toss it over the fence to us before entering through the front gate. As soon as the [backpack] was over the fence all you have to do is melt into the crowd and you are golden.

8. Clocks, watches, and other jewelry…

Ryan03rr: Clock locket.. Open back.. Remove clock guts, inset MDMA/blow/shatter – My friend has made this work in the air, at sea and at festivals. Same can be done for men’s watches. Buy a cheap analog watch.. Gut the interior and fill her up. Leave the watch hands and face. The bigger the watch the more space.

9. The prosthetic leg trick…

DickWestKanyeRider: Also not a worker, but I saw someone hide a fifth of vodka in their prosthetic leg.

10. Know someone official…

bojsihtekat: Production/staging/sound/light/video/instrument road cases work REALLY well. Nobody checks those and LOTS of drugs/alcohol get into festivals through the back door. If you know someone working as a tech/talent, get them to bring your stuff in with them. [Editor’s note: Seriously… don’t do this one. Don’t get your friends in trouble this way.]


These obviously aren’t the only methods for sneaking things in — check out the full thread here.