Ravers in the uk genre

Electronic music is one of the most listened musical genres around the world. Its rhythms are contagious and you don’t need to understand it to just let yourself go. In the UK in particular, electronic music has had a very interesting evolution, to the point of becoming a movement and part of its musical culture. Let’s go to talk about Rave 

beginning and end 

By the end of the 80s, house music had spread rapidly throughout Europe, exploding particularly in the UK.

And with acid house as its soundtrack, between 1988 and 1989 British youth experienced one of its greatest revolutions. But by 1990 acid was beginning to show signs of exhaustion, with productions that were too commercial and of poor quality, and some British producers refused to throw in the towel.

Thus in the early 90s was born what could be called an extension of the so-called “Summer of Love” of 1988-89: the rave movement.

Young British people gradually began to gather in places on the outskirts of cities (abandoned warehouses, old factories, parking lots …) to dance to this music in a sort of underground meetings, most of the time illegal.

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Soon these illegal and highly “ecstatic” parties began to attract thousands of young people, which led to their persecution by the British government. Police raids pushed many of their promoters to “legalize” them, adding private security and persecuting drug consumption.

It is true that ecstasy (MDMA) was to the rave movement what LSD was to psychedelia and the hippie counterculture of the 60s, but it must be said that the rave of the 90s was not just a combination of music and drugs: rave became almost a religion and a way of life.

Thus we arrive at 1992, the year in which the rave movement reached its zenith.

The amateurism of the scene and the access to technology led to the release of countless productions, many of questionable sound quality, but that fulfilled their mission and triumphed among the youth.

These were the years in which people like Bizarre Inc, Activ-8, Utah Saints appear.

The rave scene would last until the mid-1990s, being replaced by the booming jungle, a style of syncopated breakbeats high on hybrid basses between dub, reagge and techno; the big beat, rave’n’roll for large spaces; and trance.

Finishing with perhaps the last truly rave track in history, and one of the most inspired: “Born slippy”, released in 1995 by Underworld and a worldwide hit in 1996 for its inclusion in the soundtrack of the movie Trainspotting.

Rave Dancing

One of the most important things about raving is dancing; says raver Majo Montemayor “Dancing is the key, it unlocks everything. It allows people to enter the flow state of being. When people feel the rhythm and get hooked on the music, mysterious things begin to happen. Among other things, dancing allows people to connect, to work through trapped emotions, to tap into the unity of the universe around them.” 

and is that you can find several dance styles, although they seem more like a street style, because they are not structured as a choreography but rather is danced freely, there are some basic steps that are often combined with arm movements. some are: 

“rave dances”

  • Candy
  • Hardcore
    • Jumpstyle
    • Hakken
  • Kandi Stomping
  • Shuffle
    • Hardstyle
  • X-Outin

forms of club dancing

  • House dance
    • Jacking
    • Lofting
    • Footwork
    • Electro
    • Cutting Shapes / London Shuffle
  • Glowsticking
  • Hip hop dance
    • Popping
      • Liquiding
      • Waving
  • Punk dance
    • Hardcore dancing
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Rave today

Rave parties are considered as big shows that can have a relevant cultural importance. There are DJs who are truly international figures, capable of gathering thousands of people at a rave. In this sense, even though they are different issues, a parallel can be drawn between a rave and a rock concert or other musical spectacle.

Precisely from the creation of the term rave to refer to such parties, the concept of rave music has arisen, under this denomination are different genres of electronic music that are designed to be heard and danced at such celebrations. Specifically, these are songs that are very fast and may include elements such as loops or even samples. Although its beginnings 

are in the UK, especially London, today it is a movement that has crossed borders, being able to find parties of this type in other parts of the world.  There will be some negative aspects associated with this type of parties or events and it’s said that they abound in alcohol and drug use, however we can not judge or repeat what others say. For the moment we will continue to enjoy the good pieces of electronic music. 

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