History Of Rave Culture & 1991 The Greatest Year Recorded

The history of rave culture in 1991 dictates the 30+ years that followed. EDM today still attracts ravers worldwide who are listening to samples and tunes played way back in 1991.

To replica 1991 and the rave scene would almost be impossible due to the unique timing of the scene. Some say 2023 is good timing due to economic problems and the social recovery of Covid.

It’s common sense that some freedom must allow people to adjust again to normal social gatherings. Raves now have a bad reputation, however, there was a lot of good that came out of 1991.

The Media & Criminal Justice Bill

The media had a profound effect on the scene with images of what they say was a drug-induced hedonism for mayhem. Those exact images were there to view in all national newspapers.

Little did they know at the time crime rates dropped and people found unity and respect in the community. That exact community saw freedom as a choice to reflect, and have fun without challenging laws.

A new law came into effect in 1994 called the Criminal Justice Bill to stop illegal raves. It was designed to criminalise the use of recreational drugs such as (MDMA) known then as ecstasy, and amphetamines and to also reduce noise pollution.

The Year 1991 & The Rave Community

History Of Rave Culture & 1991 The Greatest Year Recorded

Despite the Criminal Justice Bill later on in 1994, there was still time to reflect on freedom and the good times in 1991. This was when authorities had the least amount of effect on raves and it was a relatively stress-free time.

The freedom of choice in 1991 was the greatest year recorded in the history of rave culture. Yes, there were recreational drugs, however little was known in the UK about MDMA.

Ravers began to experiment and indulge in the MDMA euphoria when hardcore became the music of choice. The UK was the place to be for illegal and legal raves and hundreds of thousands of people joined the community.

Motorway service stations began to fill up before and after events. There was no trouble and ravers met from all over the UK. Yes, it got a little crazy in a fun way due to the lack of authority to stop it.

Organizers set up events in abandoned warehouses, fields, and other outdoor spaces. This was the only time conflict became obvious between the authorities and some ravers. It was fun to take on the risk of attending be it risky or not.

There was still freedom to rave in legal venues where conflicts ceased to happen due to licenses being issued for events. The police were on site, however, this was kept low-key and the rave community continued to flourish.

The History Of Rave Culture & MDMA

History Of Rave Culture & 1991 The Greatest Year Recorded

It’s fairly obvious looking back, that MDMA was the drug of choice. Yes, little was known about it, however, no real control in 1991 stopped it. We knew it was illegal, however, never knew it was a class-A drug.

It was used to enhance psychotherapy beginning in the 1970s and became popular as a street drug in the 1980s. It was widespread and commonly used in the Chicago and New York house music scenes.

The 1991 MDMA pill of choice known as the ”Love Dove” became super popular. It enhanced the raver’s experience of the music and helped them feel more connected to other people at the event.

While peaking on a ‘Love Dove” it was an experience even today people can’t explain. There are many websites that talk about it medically, however, you had to have been there on ”E” to be able to begin to explain.

Yes, drugs are bad and many that trialled them later had complications with mood swings due to serotonin depletion. It was soon known that MDMA could affect some in a negative way sometime after.

The Rave Tallent of 1991

History of Rave Culture

It’s hard to explain raves, however, it was all we talked about in 1991. Just being there was an extraordinary experience. The DJ talent was outstanding.

The rave masses flocked to see their favourite DJs such as Carl Cox, Mickey Finn, Grooverider, Jumping Jack Frost, Fabio and Ellis Dee to name a few. Each week at each rave the euphoria just got better and better.

The increased attractiveness of raves in 1991 is what gave it the essence to be noted as the greatest year recorded for EDM. The history of rave culture was being created before our eyes and nothing could stop it.

By mid-1991 those that attended often said this is what I want to be doing forever. Who would have believed many would grow older have kids and attend occasionally or in many cases not at all?

The musical talent of 1991 was based around hardcore a breakbeat sound of darkness often with loops of happiness and a chorus of soulful meaning. The buzz around that often exploded into cheers of happiness.

I have no doubt in my mind 1991 UK DJ talent has captured the imagination of young people around the world. There was the camaraderie and inclusivity that was rare at other types of events.

In 1991, raves were still a relatively new phenomenon, and they were associated with a sense of rebellion, freedom, and excitement. Raves had the ingredients to change lifestyles from bad to better.

DJs and the rave community in 1991 were very tight-knit and welcoming which is why the scene developed such a curiosity among those that wanted to attend. Word spread like wildfire and the scene exploded into a trend of enormity.

The Future Of Rave – We’re In Control

Being part of the history of rave culture and bearing no grudge as to why the scene split into subgenres such as Jungle, drum and bass and house around 1994 bears no reason to forget.

The year 1991 concludes how in such a short space of time a well-developed community of millions can now be travelling to events around the world. Yes, rave has completed its journey, however, can it play rewind?

Rave is now famous across the globe sometimes legal and sometimes not, however, it’s a true fact that had we not witnessed such a revolution EDM would be different as we know it today.

EDM is waiting for something new to happen and remember it can take such a short time to catch on. Although the rave community is so special to many perhaps we should be creating something completely fresh.

Hardcore took a little under a year to become super famous and much of that came from Acid House, Chicago and New York house routes. No matter what the next genre is that climbs the ranks of EDM you can bet it’ll be coming from the UK.