Ravin' 2: Unwelcome Boogaloo
'90s Flashback Hitting London
London residents are reporting stirrings of a nu-rave scene. With a largely identical roster of rock bands rotating the corporate live scene, the "indie" scene has become mainstream. This does not sit comfortably with the desire to rebel. In times of noticeable political strife, young people want true escapism—to move from international conflict, employment worries and everything else into a realm of truly losing oneself in the music and atmosphere.
Thus, this second coming of the rave scene is on the rise. This time around, it's not yet the giant warehouse raves of the '90s, but rather influences of the Ecstacy-driven era showing up in music, fashion, and parties. Clad in loud, acidic colors, band of the moment Klaxons combine glow sticks with sped-up tempos and airhorns that make people want to dance. Other artists such as Datarock, Shitdisco and Metronomy are also leading the trend while popular DIY club nights, including Young, Lost Club, and Angular Disco, are popping up everywhere. Recent runway shows paid homage to the rave era, and stories have sporadically been appearing in the British media about all-night illegal rave parties, citing that police have had to break up these gatherings that often go on past dawn. Hopefully, JNCO pants won't be back this time around.
Note: It is decidedly not all good.