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Counter culture

Photo of a ravers at a free party in a tunnel

Though arguably most prominent in the ’90s, free parties and illegal raves have never gone away. Despite the increased surveillance from authorities, passionate DJs and sound systems continue to throw events in a similar way that they always have, looking to create a sense of community and an alternative to the commodified dance mainstream. Dave Jenkins heads to a free party, and speaks to some of the illegal rave scene’s advocates about why they keep the fire burning

The quest is timeless. Swapping clues with randoms at services. The heartless pulse of the party-line’s engaged tone. The convoys, intrigue, suspense, rumours. The commitment...