3 Nov: The Day The (Rave) Music Died

Attending or producing raves was made illegal in Britain with the passing of the Criminal Justice Act on 3rd November, 1994. The government even legislated against electronic dance music, “wholly or predominantly characterized by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats”

These unprecedented restrictions were partly in reaction to the moral panic caused after a ‘free party’ at Castlemorton Common attracted 30,000-40,000 attendees, and the ire of the tabloid press.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly consider the provenance of ‘revellers’ in the raver’s lexicon; explain why the creation of the M25 lead directly to the Act; and confess just how many illegal parties they’ve (inadvertently) attended… 

Further Reading:

• ‘The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 becomes law’ (The Guardian, 2011): https://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/jun/15/criminal-justice-public-order-act

• Police clash with ravers at Castlemorton (BBC News West, 1992): 

• ‘Why did raves become illegal?’ (BBC Newsbeat, 2020): https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-53170021

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