rave culture

Nightlife

Inside London's Illegal Raves

We spoke to photographer Claire McIntyre about her pictures of east London's party people.
Nana Baah
7.26.19
raves

The Legendary 'Cave Raves' of the Acid House Era

We spoke to "Steely D", the man who organised the free parties in the Lake District quarry, and Matt Stokes, the artist who studied them.
Simon Doherty
10.16.18
Remembering Things

Burial’s ‘Untrue’ Still Captures London in a Way Unmatched Since

The album’s story is one of loneliness, love, family, ghosts – it continues to sound like the city that birthed it, a decade later.
Jamie Milton
11.3.17
Features

Why the Outsider Pride of M.I.A.'s ‘Kala’ Still Matters 10 Years Later

By lifting "global" sounds and dropping them into a club-friendly context, this album used sonic innovation to try smash down borders.
Simran Hans
8.8.17
Art

"Body Marbling" Is Body Painting's Trippy Cousin

This UV-reactive paint dip will turn your skin into a work of glowing art.
J.H. Fearless
2.5.17
Features

A Brief History of the Smiley Face, Rave Culture's Most Ubiquitous Symbol

The smiley in electronic music isn't merely cute—it's a symbol of defiance.
Michaelangelo Matos
12.21.16
Features

Meet the Man Who Owns Over 40,000 Rave Flyers

One person who doesn't mind being handed a stack of flyers at the end of the night.
Kyle MacNeill
11.29.16
Features

This New Book Captures Rave Culture's Unsung Influence on the Art World

'RAVE: Rave and Its Influence on Art and Culture' is the latest vivid example of art for rave's sake.
Michaelangelo Matos
10.20.16
Art

Pop Art and Victorian Sign-Making Inspire Surreal Smiley Faces

Say cheese! Ryan Callanan interprets an emblem of UK rave culture in his latest show.
Kevin Holmes
10.19.16
Art

'Energy Flash' Exhibit Revives Rave Culture in Belgium

A celebration of all things rave provided a burst of energy at the Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp.
Molly Hannon
10.14.16
Stuff

My Life As an Ecstasy Dealer On the 90s Club Circuit

Meet Carl "MC Flux" Thomas, a guy who bridged the gaps between football hooligan firms, neo-Nazis and ecstasy dealers in London and Brighton in the 90s.
Nick Chester
4.24.16
Stuff

Lessons from the Early Days of Ecstasy: British Club Culture Won't Die Unless We Let It

Remembering that, for all the thinkpieces, our clubs won't grow quiet as long as we care about them.
Gareth McConnell; Photos: Tom Wood
3.26.16
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