Ravers flock­ing to dawn dance par­ties

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - HUGH COLLINS

Auck­lan­ders are flock­ing to a cen­tral city base­ment bar at the crack of dawn to start their day with a good hit of house mu­sic.

Morn­ing Peo­ple, a rave with a 6.30am start, is be­ing held fort­nightly in the Whammy Back­room venue in St Kevins Ar­cade on Karanga­hape Road.

The hour and a half dance party is boom­ing with large num­bers of young pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents start­ing their day with a sweaty groove.

Il­lus­tri­ous New Zealand DJ Greg Churchill per­formed elec­tronic dance beats at the event on Fe­bru­ary 22.

Founded by Jamie New­man and Vanessa Scott, the con­cept orig­i­nates from Lon­don.

New­man was be­hind suc­cess­ful Auck­land dance event No Lights No Ly­cra - which, as the name sug­gests, is held in the dark.

‘‘Through the suc­cess of that I knew that we could make some­thing work for Morn­ing Peo­ple,’’ he said.

The event is al­co­hol and drug free but of­fers cof­fee and fruit which is in­cluded in the $15 door charge.

Scott said the event chal­lenged the idea that peo­ple needed to be on drugs and al­co­hol to feel good at a dance event.

‘‘When in fact, if you take that away, it’s not that, it’s the mu­sic, it’s the peo­ple. nec­tion,’’ she said.

The pair agree while for some it may be a form of fit­ness, it’s first and fore­most a fun way to start the day.

‘‘Every time I leave Morn­ing Peo­ple I feel so full of en­ergy, you feel re­ally elated by the mu­sic and It’s that con- it lasts all day,’’ Scott said.

‘‘For me it’s bet­ter than cof­fee, it’s bet­ter than go­ing for a run.’’

Start­ing in June last year the event has seen the num­bers in­crease week on week.

Stu­dent Amy Laing, 19, ap­peared elated by the ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘I do en­joy my sleep ins but the more I get in­volved with this kind of thing the more I’m re­al­is­ing how sur­real the ex­pe­ri­ence is and how I just want to spread the word.’’ New­man said there was a strong com­mu­nal as­pect to it which fo­cused on bring­ing peo­ple to­gether.

‘‘It’s nice just to bring ev­ery­one to­gether and have fun without the dis­trac­tions of al­co­hol and late nights and things like that. It doesn’t make sense un­til you get here and then it re­ally makes sense.’’ Morn­ing Peo­ple next runs on March 8 with DJ Dick John­son.

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