Police and West Midlands crime commissioner David Jamieson of Labor, Malthouse, “has allayed the concerns.” Jamieson said, “The issue has come up and it is total madness, we all know it is madness. Some of his [Malthouse’s] Conservative colleagues have also raised it, particularly those from the coast. ”
The following day, a major incident was declared after tens of thousands of people defied calls to stay away and descended on the beaches of Bournemouth, while police were attacked during illegal street parties in Brixton and Notting Hill in London.
The problem [of lifting lockdown] was raised and it’s total madness, we all know it’s madness
Forces warned on Saturday that those attending illegal raves this weekend were at risk of prosecution, new figures Observer reveal that the free party scene was on the rise long before the pandemic.
UK police have reported an increase in unauthorized music events in 2018 and 2019. Gwent police reported no “suspicion of raves” in 2015, but 23 cases occurred in 2018.
Hertfordshire police attended only nine raves in 2016, but recorded 46 in the first nine months of last year. Bedfordshire police have revealed a similar increase, with 17 raves in 2011 compared to 39 in 2017.
In the south-west of England, where raves are large and frequent, Devon and Cornwall have recorded more than 200 free evenings every year since 2015.
Artist Jeremy Deller, who has often explored rave culture in his work, said the conditions for another hedonistic summer were ripe: “There is a clear demand for something that is currently again illegal and the impetus is the same: congregation, community, fun – now with the added thrill of locking. ”
Musician and DJ Ben Assiter, who is studying for a doctorate on night culture in London, said the decimation of the city’s club scene was partly to blame. “The mainstream scene has been so boring and restricted for some time that the kind of glorified hedonistic abandonment of the 90s doesn’t happen in places like [long-established club] Fabric. “
The contemporary rave scene has reached a tipping point after the lockout, he said, citing social unrest, the need for release and a feverish political mood.
“The context is different now,” said Assiter. “In the late 80s, it was the other way around: young people were fed up with politics. Now we are witnessing a whole new politicization of young people. ”
He added, “I love the frenzy, but I hope that some of the energy this summer will translate into Black Lives Matter and protests. “
Jamieson said the government should have planned to reopen pubs midweek or Monday to better manage pent-up demand and emotional levels.
“We are not against lifting the lock – this is our way of doing it. Opening pubs in midsummer on Saturday evening seems to me to be a decision made by people who are disastrously out of touch with reality. It’s going to be very difficult – very, very difficult – this weekend, ”warned Jamieson.
He also challenged the language of Boris Johnson last Tuesday when the Prime Minister announced the relaxation of restrictions, in particular his promise to lift England out of “national hibernation”.
Another labor police and crime commissioner, Kim McGuinness of Northumbria, questioned the need for Johnson to have made the announcement so far in advance.
“I think we have seen people’s behavior change because of this message,” she said.
Jamieson added, “What they are doing is irresponsible. They [the government] I didn’t think about it – they thought about politics but [not] wider consequences for society.
An interior ministry spokesman said, “We recognize that with the restrictions being relaxed, we trust the public to comply with more subtle social restrictions. There is no excuse for violence, vandalism or disorderly behavior and the police have our full support to crack down on those who flout the restrictions. “