133 unlicensed raves in London were identified by police in 2017, up from 70 in 2016.
In the words of Wildchild, it appears that Londoners are back once again with the ill behaviour.
It turns out that more than half of all the clubs in London closed down between 2005 and 2015, so we’re not really too shocked at the increase in DIY dos. The Met police have even implemented new ‘disruption tactics’ to tackle the surge in unlicensed parties. Road blocks, dog units and riot police are all on the cards for parties that manage to make it past the planning stages. What’s next, a ban on dancing? This sounds suspiciously similar to the plot of Footloose…
We’re not saying that an increase in illegal raves is a good thing, but what with all of the ‘WTF’ stuff that went down last year, who can blame us for our desire to escape? Remember the general election? Trump? #MeToo? Brexit? If all of that didn’t give you the urge to down a bottle of Smirnoff and retreat to a room filled with loud music and strobe lighting, then I don’t know what would.
And given the price of a pint inside every one of London’s pubs and clubs, it’s no wonder people are looking elsewhere. If only us millennials could afford to buy drinks at actual bars instead of paying off our student loans and saving for a help to buy deposit, then maybe we wouldn’t be in this mess… Sigh.
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