Were early rave parties better than now?

The early rave scene saw promoters-cum-squatters bolt-cut their way into premises to hold illegal parties. Some of these raves could draw crowds of 20,000 or more through the 1990s. The original second summer of love, ecstasy and acid house has some parallels with today’s scene, particularly the inclusion of pharmaceuticals continues. Here we look at rave parties and whether early rave parties were better than those taking place now.

A continuum

Raves have been taking place every weekend since the 1980s, though they are not always visible. What was happening 25 years…