After getting the mood going with Prodigy’s ‘Firestarter’ and dressing in our baggy sports gear, my equally nineties obsessed friend and I ventured to The Cavern for the Beats and Bass Society’s ’90s Rave.
“So what if most of us were in nursery school (or even unborn) during rave cultures hey day?”
The night was a consciously ironic event in many ways, as Beats and Bass pointed out on the Facebook event, “So what if most of us were in nursery school (or even unborn) during rave cultures’ hey day?”. Despite the fact that I had not driven round in my clapped out Peugeot around the back roads of London to find the event in an abandoned warehouse, the mix of old skool jungle, garage and hip hop the Beats and Bass Societies residents provided meant, if I closed my eyes, I could just about imagine what it would have been like.
With a mix of slower bass heavy tracks to the kind of tracks that go hand in hand with strobing, it was clear the DJs knew how to read a crowd. The Cavern’s open brick and well known psychedelic posters only added further to the rave. Perhaps nostalgia is better served elsewhere, with the resurfacing of rave culture in both fashion and music making the event not too distant from other decade nights.
Credit is due to whoever put up the giant yellow smiley face balloons. The possible Nirvana reference and the glow-stick glasses added both humour and a parallel smile to many of my fellow ravers’ night. I was pleasantly surprised at the effort put in to fancy dress for a student night, and was only annoyed that I didn’t think to wear glitter on my face as well.
A sold-out event for only £4 (non-member) and £2 (member) put it on par cost wise with your usual Arena/Timepiece night out, but there was no doubt that Beats and Bass do it better. The only downside was that, unlike the night’s heritage and ode to the abandoned warehouse, Cavern logistics couldn’t make it an all-nighter. I will definitely be looking out, as you should too, for Beats and Bass socials in the future.