‘Everyone who enters intends to have sex’: Inside the Burning Man festival’s ORGY DOME, where 5,000 horny revellers get down and dirty every year
FOR most of us, getting down and dirty at a festival is more to do with energetic dancing and a lack of shower and toilet facilities.
But for visitors to Burning Man Festival in Nevada desert’s Black Rock City, the term has a far more sexual connotation.
Among the attractions at the yearly event, which sees tens of thousands of people gather for at least a week of rebellious mayhem, is the Orgy Dome.
Run by a group called And Then There’s Only Love, the 24-hour giant tent is billed as a safe, “a sex-positive, consensual space for couples and moresomes to play”, welcoming “the combination of love in all forms”.
Everyone’s invited – regardless of whether you’re straight, lesbian, gay, bi, poly-amorous or monogamous.
More than 5,000 people enjoyed the delights of the Dome at last year’s festival, with couples reportedly queuing up to go inside.
According to one Reddit user and frequenter at the festival venue, the Orgy Dome has a “nice set up, clean towels and cushions, and moderate climate control”.
The door is always staffed and you must be with a partner to enter, though some partner swapping has been known.
The Redditer added: “Inside is generally not a writhing pile of 10 or 15 naked bodies as the name might suggest.
“Usually the dome is occupied by couples, with some threesomes and moresomes.
“There are some people watching on the edges, voyeurism and having an audience are definitely in play here, so know that going in.
“If someone is bothering you, most of the time they’ll stop when you ask, although the tent staff is happy to help resolve any uncomfortable problems that may arise.”
As well as old-fashioned orgies, the Orgy Dome is fully equipped with massage tables, mattresses lining the walls, sheets, couches and supplies including lubricants and condoms.
There are also classes on sadomasochism, group erotic massage and theme nights, ranging from threesome specials to competitions for the ‘loudest moaners’.
One visitor told Cosmopolitan that consent to play in the Dome is an absolute necessity.
She said: “If you ask if you can play with a couple, you’d still need to ask, ‘Can I touch your breasts?’, ‘Can I go down on you?’, ‘Can I f*** you both in the butt?’.
“Consent is an active process and can be removed at any point.”