An alarmingly early start
BEEP! BEEP! (Smack!) 5am. This. Is. Early. As always though, once you’re actually out of bed and used to bright light again the pain eases pretty quickly. By 5:30am we’re dressed, caffeinated and on the tube heading east.
This abnormally early start is down to the fact that we’ve decided to attend ‘The Morning Glory Rave’, the brainchild of Samantha Moyo and Nico Thoemmes, held at The Oval Space, in Bethnal Green. It takes a lot to get me up this early normally, but these guys have come up with something too good to miss…
Hooray and up she rises!
Billed as the best way to ‘rave your way into the day’ this party starts at 6:30am and finishes at 10:30am….on a Wednesday. The organisers are keen to point out that this is ‘definitely not an after party’. This is ‘conscience clubbing’. Expensive alcoholic cocktails are swapped for freshly made smoothies and coffee. The taking of illegal substances is banned and outfits that should be illegal are preferred instead. There is also yoga, massage, hula hooping and other undoubtedly feel-good activities.
However, the main attraction is the raving. The DJs play an eclectic, always upbeat, mix that could include ska, funk, house and just about anything else. At one stage the whole hall was singing ‘Hoo-ray and up she rises! Early in the morning’ to a funky version of ‘Drunken Sailor’. Whether we realised at the time quite how ironic this was I can’t remember.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a rave with a better atmosphere than this one. Despite it being only 7am; every single person was laughing, singing and raving away.
No egos allowed
Just as it takes a few moments each morning to open your eyes and acclimatise to the waking world, so too it takes a little time at the Morning Glory Rave to doff the shackles of sober self-consciousness and really enter into the spirit of the event. If managed though, there is no doubt it’s a liberating, and slightly unusual, feeling.
For a lot of people (my guilty self included), alcohol-free fun of this order doesn’t come along too often these days and is a sober reminder of the potential of good old-skool fun. (Yes, I went there). If you are willing to set your alarm a touch earlier and leave your ego behind then it’s impossible not to have a great time here.
Guys, you have to try it!
Check out Jamie’s dance moves – altogether now little fish, big fish; cardboard box!