Austerity, gentrification and big tunes: why unlawful raves are flourishing

Amid disillusionment with main-stream clubbing, illegal activities are harking back into the original character of rave – but police keep they've been as dangerous and unlawful as ever

Dancers at a party that is squat London’s King’s Cross, October 2019. Photograph: Wil Crisp

Dancers at a squat celebration in London’s King’s Cross, October 2019. Photograph: Wil Crisp

We t’s one hour after midnight on New Year’s 2020, and a stream of revellers is gathering in an alleyway next to KFC on London’s Old Kent Road day. They pass between heaps of vehicle tyres and via a space in a gate the place where team, covered with caps and scarves, are using ?5 records from every person whom comes into the garden of the recently abandoned Carpetright warehouse.

In, the lights take and sets of partygoers are huddled in groups talking, waiting and smoking being a behemoth sound system and makeshift club are built against one wall surface. Across the street, in a bigger abandoned warehouse that has been formerly a workplace Outlet, a level larger audio system has been built.

There’s an awareness of expectation since the warehouse fills up with mohawked punks, tracksuited squatters, crusties, rude men, accountants, graphic artists, pupils, and veteran that is grey-haired heads. להמשיך לקרוא

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