Help Refugees is currently the largest distributor for aid to refugees.
The fast-growing humanitarian organisation has attracted the attention of artists such as Rita Ora, Paloma Faith and now Britain’s dance music scene.
Rave for Refugees consists of two raves hosted at the Electric Brixton, 8th and 15th of December. The nights boast popular headliners such as Faithless and Chase and Status and tickets are £15.
With the recent closure of Fabric and controversy over drug use in London clubs, this sheds a lighter view on dance music and the rave scene.
The primarily drum and bass night, starring Chase and Status, Rudimental, Shy Fx and Sigma has sold out and hundreds are flooding the Facebook Page asking to buy tickets.
Bradley Spicer, 30 yr old raver, has said, “it’s popular for the ravers because of the lineup and yes deep down they know their money is going to a good cause”.
With rave venues dwindling, younger ravers especially are turning to illegal ‘squatraves’ that are unsafe and tend to attract a bad crowd. This is all down to the British government’s attitude towards drugs. It’s important to note that party drugs are not exclusive to this scene either, clubs and festivals warrant the same use.
Ravers yearn for decriminalisation of drugs, the distribution of drug testing kits and awareness on how to use properly as demonstrated in countries such as Berlin and Amsterdam. Effective systems abroad allow for a thriving rave scene. Perhaps goodwill and charitable nature as shown in an event such as this could call for change.
Programs Officer for Rave for Refugees, Matty, when asked why a charity would associate with raves given the controversy had said, “I think ‘raving’ gets a lot of bad press, when in reality it’s about coming together, enjoying yourself, and ultimately – not to sound utterly cliché – about the music, not about drugs”.
This is a sentiment shared by many ravers in the scene who are judged due to the actions of a few. Drug-related deaths have been prominent in media as of late, at festivals and clubs. London’s answer to this issue is closing venues and increasing security. However, this Rave for Refugees reinforces the fact that raving like any other music genre, is just that. A music genre, not a crime.
The money from this particular event will go to helping refugees in a variety of ways such as keeping people warm in camps and sending funds to SOS Syria and SOS Mediterranean.
Many of the artists contacted Rave for Refugees offering sets and were very willing to get involved.
Chase and Status – “We are incredibly proud to be supporting the charity (..) Rave for Refugees is an amazing chance for the music industry to come together and support a much-needed cause”
Faithless – “We want to support the incredible work that Help Refugees are doing (…) Some of the best artists on our scene feel the same way – so we joined together & invite you to these two special events”
Sigma – “We’re extremely humbled to be part of such a great event for an amazing charity. It’s incredible to see the industry rally behind such an important issue as this.”
This isn’t the only raving fundraiser, there is also the annual ‘Breakin Science’: The Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Fundraiser, also held at Brixton.
This event raised £5170 last year. Ravers show their support and excitement for the event this year on the Facebook event page.
What a way to earn much valued support for charity X bless u guys stateside for making pandemonium happen X it’s been a long , long road X bless
These raves will provide necessary donations for those in need, whilst also exhibiting the friendly nature of a music genre often shrouded by bad press and uninformed misconceptions.