The University of Exeter Meditation society has arranged to co-host an all-sober clubbing night at the Lemon Grove, on the 6th May at 7:30 pm. The event is organised in association with Danceitation – an organisation that encourages clubbing without intoxication.
Danceitation was set up in 2006, and are known to be invited along to gigs across the UK ever since. Their collaboration with the Meditation society marks the very first drug and alcohol free rave at a student venue, in the UK.
Tickets for the event are currently being sold online. Earlybird student tickets for £3 have been sold out. There are still tickets available for £5, when bought with a valid student card. Alternatively, general admission tickets range from £5 for ‘earlybird’ tickets, to £10 for ‘last chance’ tickets, which also makes the event available for non-students.
The main aim of the event is to break the conscious status quo of dancing by allowing individuals to experience the music without any of the social pressures associated with the drinking culture of student life.
One of the main slogans used by Danceitation on the website is:
“It’s not about going without, it’s about going within. No booze, no drugs, no hassle, no hangover – just you and the music.”
There is no dress code, however comfortable clothes and shoes are said to be ideal.
The age limit for anyone wanting to go along to Danceitation is 16 years of age.
Participants will be able to enjoy a dancefloor picnic at the end of the event along with Danceitation’s ‘famous’ free hot chai that is offered at all their gigs. Guests are also encouraged to bring along bottled water to cool down.
Following the ‘no drinking’ rule of the event, anyone who is suspected to be under the influence of alcohol will be breathalysed.
When asked about the event, Simone Steenhagen, the co-president of the Meditation society, on campus said:
“With exams looming, and after weeks stuck in the library, I can’t think of a better way to de-stress than Danceitation! It’s common knowledge that nothing de-stresses the mind quicker than physical exercise, and mindfulness is an amazing tool for overcoming stress by bringing us back to the here and now. Danceitation combines the two perfectly, so you can immerse yourself in the rhythm, and dance yourself happy – without the dreaded hangover the next morning!”
Nick McAlpin, a member of the society showed similar levels of excitement:
“Although this will be my first time at Danceitation specifically, having been involved in many similar events over recent weeks, I’m extremely excited and am certainly looking forward to being able to dance in a safe, sober environment.