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DJ Sven Väth mixes tracks for a crowd of dancers at Amnesia, an Ibiza nightclub, in 2013.
General Information
Types of street rave dance

A rave (from the verb: to rave) describes a dance party at a warehouse, public or private property, typically featuring performances by DJs playing electronic dance music. The style is most associated with the early 90s dance music scene when DJs played at illegal events in musical styles dominated by electronic dance music from a wide range of sub-genres, including techno,[1] hardcore, house,[1][2] dubstep,[1] and alternative dance. Occasionally live musicians have been known to perform at raves, in addition to other types of performance artists such as go-go dancers and fire dancers. The music is amplified with a large, powerful sound reinforcement system, typically with large subwoofers to produce a deep bass sound. The music is often accompanied by laser light shows, projected coloured images, visual effects and fog machines.

While some raves may be small parties held at nightclubs or private homes, some raves have grown to immense size, such as the large festivals and events featuring multiple DJs and dance areas (e.g., the Castlemorton Common Festival in 1992). Some electronic dance music festivals have features of raves, but on a larger, often commercial scale. Raves may last for a long time, with some events continuing for twenty-four hours, and lasting all through the night. Law enforcement raids and anti-rave laws have presented a challenge to the rave scene in many countries.[3] This is due to the association of illegal drugs such as MDMA[4][5] (often referred to as a "club drug" or "party drug" along with MDA[6]), amphetamine, LSD,[4][5] GHB,[4][5] ketamine,[4][5][7] methamphetamine,[4][5] cocaine,[5] and cannabis.[8] In addition to drugs, raves often make use of non-authorized, secret venues, such as squat parties at unoccupied homes,[9] unused warehouses,[10] or aircraft hangars.[11][12] These concerns are often attributed to a type of moral panic surrounding rave culture.

  1. ^ a b c https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/aug/02/how-rave-music-conquered-america
  2. ^ http://www.dummymag.com/lists/the-10-best-and-bass-tracks-according-to-goldie
  3. ^ Shepherd, John (2003). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Performance and production. Volume II. A&C Black. pp. 334–335. ISBN 978-0826463210. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Club Drugs".
  5. ^ a b c d e f Palamar, J. J.; Griffin-Tomas, M.; Ompad, D. C. (2015). "Illicit Drug Use among Rave Attendees in a Nationally Representative Sample of US High School Seniors". Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 152: 24–31. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.05.002. PMC 4458153. PMID 26005041.
  6. ^ "Cocaine, ethanol and party drug MDA found in Scott Weiland's body".
  7. ^ "Ketamine, better known as the rave drug Special-K, could be our next anti-depressant".
  8. ^ "Marijuana in the Rave Culture of the 90's". 6 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Rave & Squat Party Revival". 1 October 2017.
  10. ^ Rosca, Matei (1 April 2014). "Illegal raves: Social media messages bring in a new generation of partygoers". The Guardian.
  11. ^ "Illegal raves: How the underground scene has never really gone away". 9 May 2018.
  12. ^ "The ravers' return: How underground parties are making a comeback". 1 May 2016.