Glitter was flying, confetti cannons blasted and the bass vibrated through your shoes. 3000 people filled an empty warehouse, danced shoulder to shoulder with no masks in sight. This appears to be straight out of a dream; something that hasn’t been seen in over a year. Liverpool has hosted the first rave in the UK, post pandemic as a test and to hopefully lay out a blueprint for many other countries to follow. This government sanctioned science experiment held two day raves at Bramley Moore Docks in Liverpool, where all coronavirus restrictions were tossed out the window. No masks, no social distancing! For 6000 Liverpudlian’s, Friday and Saturday was a return to normal. The only exception was everyone that attended had to take a negative lateral flow Covid test 24 hours before entry.
Circus Club did not disappoint with curating a 9 hour lineup for both the Friday and Saturday with disco and techno DJ’s ready to bring their A-game. As the first rave back, this was not only an emotional time for the partygoers, but for the DJ’s as well. Headlining the Friday was DJ/producer Sven Vath, with other incredible talent coming from The Blessed Madonna, Jayda G, Lauren Lo Sung, and Lewis Boardman.
Saturday saw a b2b set from Heidi and Jaguar, Hot Since 82, Enzo Siragusa and James Organ. Yousef gave us chills with his remix to rave classic and perfectly named, Free (seen in video below). You can feel the joy and energy radiating through the video. Fatboy Slim wrapped up the night with groovy sound igniting the crowd. The DJ’s were as happy as the ravers, with the energy in the room unmatched to anything seen before.
Authorities have asked all attendees to take another Covid test five days after the event to track any outbreaks. With the UK planning to fully reopen on June 21st, with a fully booked summer schedule, this will be the make or break whether all the events are able to go ahead. A huge factor for the events and entertainment industry unable to sustain another year of lost income. Barcelona held a similar experiment a month ago with 5000 people attending a trial concert. Although all the attendees wore masks as well, different to the Liverpool event, only 6 people tested for Covid afterwards. With no big outbreaks, this was ruled as a success. A step in the right direction!
As the entirety of the party scene holds their breath and crosses their fingers for this to work and just maybe, we can get back to raving sooner than expected. Could this possibly be the way forward? Could this be the answer to return back to normal or will this be just another super-spreader event? Now we wait to see how the results pan out in the coming weeks and if this will be successful or not?
Words by Gabrielle Runzer