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Raves and Circuit Parties

Raves and circuit parties

Raves were venues associated with particular music styles, dance and youth culture. The term is used less frequently in contemporary culture, compared to its usage during the 1980s and 1990s. Circuit parties are commercialised dance music events that are attended largely by gay males.

A unique music and dance scene emerged on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza in the mid-1980s. According to folklore, a small group of DJs from England who were visiting the island in 1987 consumed ecstasy during a night out in a local club. The effects of ecstasy and the DJ's unique music encouraged the group to recreate the scene in London. Referred to as acid house, the music was a collective sound of various other ...

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