LOCKED OFF – A FILM ABOUT BRITAIN’S NEW ILLEGAL RAVE SCENE
Rave culture is one of Britain’s great cultural exports, but after its first wave in the late 80s and early 90s, it was soon forced into the underground by stringent new laws and superclubs. Now, 25 years into in the midst of a nationwide purge on the UK’s nightlife, a new kind of scene has emerged.
Provided you’ve not been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ll be painfully aware of the fact that clubs are closing around the UK at an alarming rate, with over half the country’s nightspots shutting down over the course of the past decade. It’s a story that we’re deeply familiar with here at THUMP and VICE, so we’ve decided to take a closer look at what happens when the spaces we once partied in have been locked off.
The result is a brand new documentary starring Clive Martin which drops this coming Monday. Exploring how and why illegal raves are more vital than ever to a landscape in which hedonism is becoming more and more restricted, Locked Off takes us deep into Welsh woods and the most eastern reaches of London to seek out the forests and warehouses which are offering the nation’s youth a viable alternative.
This is a 21st century version of rave, where young people break into disused spaces with the help of bolt-cutters and complicated loopholes in squatting laws, to suck on balloons and go hard into the early morning. But with the police using increasingly extreme tactics to clamp down on these parties, and more than one fatality causing nationwide media panic, can the scene survive?
Locked Off will be on Vice on Monday 23rd May.
by VICE Magazine