"Decompression" events and parties are a way for Burners to share in the playa spirit after leaving the desert, and ease the transition back into everyday society.
From Aug. 30 through Sept. 7, Burning Man 2015 will take place in the Black Rock Desert. For the thousands of Burners who make the playa their home every year, the event isn't over after the man burns. "Decompression" events and parties are a way for Burners to share in the playa spirit after leaving the desert, and ease the transition back into everyday society.
"I can't speak for all people, but to me Burning Man exists 24/7, 365 days a week," Said Georgette Crush, veteran Burner and resident DJ at St. James Infirmary. "Decompression is all about bringing the playa home to share with those who need extra time to enjoy the moments, or for those who couldn't attend."
For local burners or travelers looking for an extended stay, here are some of the biggest Decompression events in Reno scheduled after the burn.
The Great Depressurization Chamber
For those missing the playa right after Exodus, the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino will open its doors to burners and non-burners alike for The Great Depressurization Chamber. From Sept. 7-10, pool parties, DJ sets, and late night events at LEX Nightclub will be open to anyone age 21 and over, with this year's event headlined by the internationally famous band Primus and the Chocolate factory with The Fungi Ensemble. Tickets and rooms are available online at the Grand Sierra's website.
Reno Decompression 2015
On October 17, Jub Jub's Thirst parlor and Concert Hall will host DJ's, bands, storytellers, artists, and more than 1,500 attendees for the official Reno Decompression. The event starts at 10 p.m. with a Silent Disco, and is open to burners and non-burners 21 and older. Reno Decompression is organized by an all-volunteer staff from Reno Burners LLC, and donates all excess funds back into various community interest works.
Sands Regency Afterburn
The Sands Regency Casino is offering discounted room-rates for attendees of this year's Afterburn. Hosted by Serenity Gathering and Bridge family, a lineup of DJs and musicians headlined by Desert Dwellers will offer an immersive decompression experience on September 7 and 8. Music, decor and visuals are all set to give Burners a sense of playa-community spirit.
Reno has long been a hub for Burning Man culture, and other Burner-friendly venues around the city are sure to decompress as only they know how. Burners looking to wind down before heading back to the mundane should check out The Generator Inc.. Morris Burner Hotel, and The Melting Pot World Emporium in the week after the burn.