Raving crew named the ‘most dangerous people in the UK’

Harry, simon DK, Jack, Emma, Digs and Woosh are the few individuals who were named some of the most dangerous people in the UK. Referring to Scott Oliver from an article from Vice, I will explore his quotes and explanations to this statement.




During the 90’s Nottinghams fledgling free party scene has been growing, DiY had started to make itself a name. These young groups of people would take it upon themselves to explore escapism in the most reckless of ways, it was all a bit of an social experiment,  doing something that society would see as outkast. But in fact this was misjudged as they were travellers with kind natures just wanting to party hard and share there music amongst thousands without the legal procedures of a night out to control, there were no limits. One of there biggest triumph was the Castle Morton free party which in my previous post i have explored. With over 30,000 revellers attending this event it shows the scale of interest from the youth of that day who were willing to share the efforts of those who organised the event, considering there was no mobile phones or internet this was definitely a mark in history for free party culture. DiY particular shone and showed there determination towards the scene by safeguarding there rig and equipments against it being impounded and taken my the police.

There were protests against the criminal justice act, and £30,000 was raised to fight for free party lifestyle. In the cites music conference, DiY were described as “culturally, the most dangerous people in the UK” by Anthony H wilson. However lets understand, These parties where completely non profit, and very risky to there pocket as the police wanted to seize all equipment when they had a chance. The club owners even stated they did not understand why they would hold a party for nothing but DiY made it absolutely clear it was something they felt was right and it just shows from the thousands who attended they had something good going, maybe it was even the thill and excitement of an outdoor event which could be enjoyed under the stars and in the sun.

The article that i read from vice also says that the DiY group were even offered an opportunity to be part of the enterprise allowance scheme, which was introduced from Thatcher, where young people can have the opportunity to show there business heads in the world as young entrepreneurs. This helped them for 10 years and even gave them jobs, obviously not much money was made but this was a great achievement behind there beliefs in the legalisation  of free party.

Overall the statement in which suggests they were the most dangerous people in the UK, is argubly debatable

Yes they did break the law and put on big parties which may have interrupted the way in which society functioned on a daily basis, because of the noise pollution and possible trespassing on land.

Did this make them the most dangerous people in UK, well in fact, they were even supported by a government run program which gave young people and opportunity to explore there interest in public events, even non profitable events. I would say the work they put in was impressive, yet there were some downfalls obviously with legal issues for the right to play music above a certain level and the right to hold an event of an unpredicted attendees. Yet this was a rustic, reckless, and completely insane.


I personally would not describe them as the above tag, and would say they are definitely part of the history within free party culture, and admire them for there risks in which they took to bring these parties.