In an era where ‘secret’ warehouse raves are hosted by My Nu Leng and the police will shut down a 30-strong house party, it’s safe to say that the traditional rave scene that Bristol’s party culture was built on is no more. Thanks to the party-pooping Criminal Justice and Public Order Act passed in ’94 that banned the playing of ‘repetitive beats’ in open spaces, music has moved back into city centres or dedicated festival sites, and organisers have to worry about ticket sales to fund the infrastructure that comes with legal partying.
That’s not to say the free party spirit doesn’t try and live on in small ways. Alfresco Disco – recently crowned the UK’s ‘Best Club Event’ (DJ Mag) – keep their lineup and location a secret until the last moment, promising good vibes above all else. Newcomers Keep Hush text their location 30 minutes before doors open, and even Red Bull Music got in on the action recently with a secret mansion party at Ashton Court Manor.
Another relic of Bristol’s 80s and 90s free party scene has cropped up in the last few weeks
Another relic of Bristol’s 80s and 90s free party scene has cropped up in the last few weeks; a dedicated party line that you can call or text for details of an upcoming city centre event. In keeping with the times, you can now also message the party line on Facebook.
Mr. Partyline will be revealing tidbits of information up until the event on 5 April, with the first lineup announcement due next week. To receive the info, message Mr. Partyline on Facebook: http://m.me/mrpartyline – or give him a call or text on 07418 314 455.
Cover photo by Dominika Scheibinger