Or­bital raves

Q (UK) - - Girl Ray -

As the acid house dream was turn­ing sour in Lon­don thanks to po­lice raids and crim­i­nal gangs, in 1989 new out­door mega-raves started to pop up out­side the city. Most were semi-le­gal events held on pri­vate land near the M25, or­gan­ised by youth­ful cap­i­tal­ists who preached the virtues of Thatcherite free en­ter­prise. Most no­to­ri­ous was Sun­rise’s Tony Col­ston-Hayter, who used early dig­i­tal phone tech­nol­ogy to di­rect ravers to se­cret lo­ca­tions and even took his smoothtalk­ing per­sona to the 1989 Tory con­fer­ence where he launched the Free­dom To Party cam­paign for all-night li­cences.

“Right, so how are we get­ting home?” A post-rave come­down, Sur­rey, 1989.

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