Coronavirus: Dutch police raid rave party in breach of Covid-19 rules (AFP)

AFP: Coronavirus: Dutch police raid rave party in breach of Covid-19 rules. “Dutch police on Saturday broke up a rave in breach of Covid-19 rules that was attended by hundreds in a disused factory, local media reported. Dozens of police officers entered the makeshift venue in the central town of Rijswijk with hundreds more officers mobilised to shepherd people away, NOS television said. Several partygoers were arrested but there was no violence, according to local broadcaster Omroep Gelderland.”

Mixmag: An Online Archive Is Documenting 30 Years Of Dance Music History

Mixmag: An Online Archive Is Documenting 30 Years Of Dance Music History. “The Dance Music Archive is an online database that documents 30 years of dance music and rave culture. Just launched, the website allows visitors to explore each decade of dance music history from the 1980s onwards, through DJ mixes, radio shows, blogs, artwork and more. The team has ripped CDs, gathered physical documents and curated Spotify playlists to create an exciting audio-visual timeline.”

Coronavirus: New £10,000 fines for organisers of illegal raves from Friday (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: New £10,000 fines for organisers of illegal raves from Friday. “Police in England will be able to fine organisers of illegal gatherings of more than 30 people such as raves up to £10,000 from Friday, ministers say. Those who attend gatherings and those who do not wear face coverings where it is mandatory can be given a £100 fine, doubling on each offence up to £3,200.”

Rave Under the Kosciuszko Bridge: Are Illicit Parties Endangering N.Y.C.? (New York Times)

New York Times: Rave Under the Kosciuszko Bridge: Are Illicit Parties Endangering N.Y.C.?. “On a humid Saturday night, under a segment of the Kosciuszko Bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Queens, hundreds of people at an illicit gathering danced and swayed to the thumps of hip-hop and electronic music. Some wore masks. Many did not. Many were attending their first party in months, since the pandemic had forced many venues to close.”

Mixmag Asia: ​Desa Potato Head unveils an online archive of 4,000+ pieces of rave ephemera

Mixmag Asia: ​Desa Potato Head unveils an online archive of 4,000+ pieces of rave ephemera. “Steve Terry’s Wild Life Archive is a world-renowned collection of ephemera, books, magazines and other related artefacts documenting dance music culture from its early origins all the way through to today’s global scene. 25 years in the making, the collection is made up of more than 4,000 items that date back to the early 1970s from as far as Paradise Garage and Hacienda to Berghain and Dekmantel.”

DJ Magazine: A new archive to capture the memories of the ’80s and ‘90s rave scene is going online

DJ Magazine: A new archive to capture the memories of the ’80s and ‘90s rave scene is going online. “A new online archive will celebrate Blackburn’s acid house rave scene of the late ’80s / early ’90s. FLASHBACK is a new online archive comprising images and audio interviews, reflecting on the infamous acid house parties that took place in Blackburn, Lancashire between 1988 and 1991.”

France24: Social dis-dance: clubbing goes online as virus shuts nightspots

France24: Social dis-dance: clubbing goes online as virus shuts nightspots. “Strobe lights flash across a near-empty dance floor, as a DJ live-streams thumping electronic music from a Singapore nightclub to revellers confined to their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak sweeping the globe has shuttered once lively nightspots from London to New York, but innovative DJs have started putting their performances online so clubbers don’t miss out.”

Mixmag: How Instagram is changing the design of clubs and festivals

Mixmag: How Instagram is changing the design of clubs and festivals. “It would be simplistic to put Instagram forward as a reason that ‘ravebox’ clubs, built on the traditional model of sensory deprivation rather than epic visual spectacle, have been in decline for the last decade, while – in the UK for example – epic, ‘tabula rasa’-style venues like Printworks and The Warehouse Project attract huge numbers. Not when there are factors like greedy developers, rising overheads and other changing habits to take into account. But when the ‘traditional’ club space, all sensory deprivation and communal experience, doesn’t fit the needs of much of the audience, it’s almost certainly a factor.”

Mixmag: 75 Global Rave Flyers From The Largest Flyer Archive In The World

New-to-me but apparently online since 2013: an online archive of rave flyers. “The largest archive of independently collected rave flyers in the world is tucked away in the mountains of Oregon, taken care of by a man named Matthew Johnson. Starting The Rave Preservation Project back in 2013, Johnson has amassed a collection of over 40,000 pieces of rave memorabilia from the mid-‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s. Including duplicates, there are over 250,000 pieces stored in the archive. “

The Toronto Rave Mixtape Archive

New to me: The Toronto Rave Mixtape Archive. Just what it sounds like on the tin: a collection of downloadable DJ sets from the Toronto rave scene. There must be at least a thousand sets here, going back to the early 1990s. There’s also a small number of videos and a small but decently-annotated link list.