The founder of the legendary House and Techno festival ‘Bloc’ has quit promoting raves because today’s crowds are ‘too safe and boring’.
After its final weekender last week, George Hull – who set up the house and techno festival over ten years ago – has explained why he’s stepped away from dance festivals, reports FACT.
In an article for the Spectator, Hull wrote about how young people nowadays don’t know how to rave.
He wrote that the 90s generation of ravers were defined by:
Freedom, rebellion and pissing off your parents. They focused on dancing all night under the influence of their drug of choice: ecstasy.
He goes on to say that in comparison, today’s ‘hipsters’ are too uptight. He says they like dance music, but lack the sense of abandon that made raving so much fun.
Last weekend, in a last stand for youthful rebellion in this country, we put on our final event, and it went on until 10 am – as any good rave should.
We received complaints that there was not enough activity during the daytime. The kids wanted an early night.
He also listed some other customer requests he’d received for shuttle services, vegan meals and WiFi and identified the introduction of ‘safe space’ policies as the ‘most depressing trend of all’.
“Once, the rave was supposed to feel like a distinctly unsafe space,” he wrote. “Even if the danger was illusory. There were no rules — that’s why we enjoyed it.”
He went on to complain that under the hipsters’ watch:
Dance music has become tedious and diluted. A monstrous cabal of overpaid circuit DJs titillating a precious and unimaginative bunch of wimpy pseudo-hedonists.
If that’s your idea of raving, you can keep it. I’m out.
After wrapping up the weekender for good, Bloc now plans to build a ‘super club’ in London – presumably no hipsters allowed.