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20 iconic illegal rave photos

Nostalgia ultra

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 3 November 2017

Illegal raves represent some of the most thrilling, debauched parties in dance music history. From chaotic disused warehouse bashes to otherworldly trips into the depths of forests, partying enthusiasts have searched high and low for prime dancing locations over the years - and they never let a silly old thing like the law get in the way.

At times, these parties also represent more than just a good time. They can be defiant, political acts, that channel the raging energy of oppressed youth.

See the gallery of images below for some of our favourite illegal rave shots.

Ravers get down and dirty in Bagley's warehouse, King's Cross, June 1985 [Credit: Dave Swindells]

Paul “Trouble” Anderson on deck at a Zoom warehouse night in Covent Garden, September 1985 [Credit: Dave Swindells]

A former paratrooper captures hoards descending on Brighton for debauchery [Credit for this image and article header: Stuart Griffiths]

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