How Underground Rave Went Mainstream In One Year

You can’t blame our favourite PAs and DJs for wanting to hit the mainstream as that is where the money is. However, the underground rave scene was at its best taking a back seat.

It’s hard to imagine 20,000 ravers and no police. Due to the ravers’ MOTO called PLUR, there was little trouble and very few police at underground events at the beginning, however, things were about to change.

The government and constabularies were later worried that things might erupt into total chaos. This was their problem they took the negative aspect of a large group of people being antisocial before it happened.

Underground Rave to Mainstream

How Underground Rave Went Mainstream In One Year
Old Skool Rave Reached the Mainstream

People may remember when rave became mainstream, however, some tunes went mainstream during the Acid House days. The 1987-1990 time period is often referred to as the Second Summer of Love.

Eventually, acid house parties morphed into the rave scene. Around early 1990 rave tunes began to hit the mainstream. Going from underground to the mainstream in less than a year had its effects.

The music became more open to those that didn’t rave, however, some joined the journey to join the scene. Within one year from 1990 to late 1991, rave tunes frequented the charts.

Going mainstream was good for bands and PAs, however, it meant more eyes were on us. The government decided to swing along with what the media were saying about raves and plan on a new law to control the scene.

The Criminal Justice Bill later became mandatory to control events whether in a field or not. The law changed the scene and stopped what they deemed to be as getting out of hand.

The Mainstream Effect

Unless people in the rave community know who you are, you probably won’t get invited to many underground raves even today. Yes, they do exist still but less in the UK.

The knock effect mainstream rave had on the scene was clear. More money was made for DJs and PAs and the music industry had more control. Also, the whole meaning of keeping it underground was gone.

The whole world took notice of this explosive EDM scene that was taking place. Almost everyone became to know what was going on. The new tunes that were climbing the charts reached fame.

The Prodigy took the mainstream to a new level by becoming world famous. The Prodigy is the most memorable experiment of EDM in mainstream anyone had heard of.

Due to the popularity of rave tunes that reached the mainstream charts from 1990-1991, the scene was totally uncovered.

Was Underground Rave a Life-Changing Experience?

How Underground Rave Went Mainstream In One Year
Underground Rave Scene

Gone are the days going to your first rave can be a life-changing experience. Raves introduced you to new music and new people and even changed the way you saw yourself.

This mix of people wanting to attend an underground rave swept the country so keeping the promotions low-key became far more difficult. That’s the mainstream effect that happened in the early ’90s everyone knew about it.

Within one year the mainstream effect had taken place, however, we still had a few years left in us to rave on. New laws didn’t take effect until 1994 so it was full steam ahead.

As it still stands raves are attended by many Old Skool ravers, those that remember the music, the adrenaline and the atmosphere created. Read about some of the precious moments here.

The Rave Movement Continued

Underground raves continued and nights popped up all over the UK for a few years. The mainstream and the music industry took advantage but life as a raver continued.

Some of the best raves still moved the masses up and down the country from one small rave to a Mega-Rave in a field. These events were licensed and legally organised and the scene was well-established.

Rave is something that happened for a reason, to bring people together. It opened up new friendships, fed the music industry and took new mainstream clubbers to a new level.

The whole scene exploded after many tunes reached the charts. Was this a good thing? In some ways of course, however, I still think rave tunes becoming mainstream was a setback. That’s most likely what any raver would tell you from 1990-1994.

Why We Stand Together as One!

We celebrate our differences together, with the rave movement and music. We’re all here for the same reasons be it mainstream rave tunes or that of a retro underground nature.

No matter how you end up attending raves be it from a mainstream source or from a well-known raver friend means a whole new adventure. It’s as simple as that and can be a life-changer. With your new friends, you’ll come to a new perspective.

That first decision to attend raves normally comes with a message from someone that wants you to join them. They trust your personality to have fun and change a little to create many more friendships.

It’s that standing together and reaching a new level of enjoyment. The ideal way to let yourself go and be taken on a journey is through music. We stand together because the rave generation is still important to us.

Modern EDM Is Now Fully Mainstream

With the time it took Old Skool rave in 1991 to become mainstream things have now changed. Huge festivals over a weekend with over 70,000+ people tend to get a lot of Social Media exposure.

This was never the case with Old Skool rave not having Social Media or the technology we have today with iPhones etc. The news never got out so quickly.

Now 70,000+ people can send a video in seconds and share it with almost anyone. In some ways, that’s why the Old Skool raves stayed underground at the beginning for some time.

EDM is now mainstream and attracts many people overall from many countries. It’s big business for promoters and DJs.

It was also good business for Old Skool Djs back in 1991, however, they never got the exposure near as much as today’s events provide. On the bright side, we know one thing for sure.

The underground raves back in 1988-1994 were the making of a new generation of EDM lovers. Hardcore was unreal and breakbeat changed how music sounds today. Without the rave scene, there wouldn’t be the EDM as we know it today.