Only In London: 'Fully-fledged' Rave On The Underground Shut Down By Police
The UK’s underground ‘drum n bass’ scene has been thriving in recent years, but on Monday night the genre literally took to the underground in the nation's capital, when police were called to break up a rave taking place on London’s metropolitan transit system. That’s right, a rave... in a train carriage. I’m British, and even I’m a little surprised. I once sat across from a guy playing a blues take on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ on the way to Waterloo, and I figured that was as exciting as in-transit entertainment could get - apparently not.
The rave, which took place around 10:40PM on the Bakerloo line was said to be “fully fledged” when police arrived. Thankfully, footage was captured by a bemused passenger when the event was at it’s peak, and was uploaded to YouTube shortly after. The video, found below, depicts a fairly extravagant set up (for a train carriage), featuring an MC, light show, and full sound system.
During, several fellow passengers rise to the occasion and dance, cheering as MC Harry Shotta (@HarryShotta) promises ‘real life drum and bass on the underground right now.’ It’s certainly not the worst way to wake up the commuters after a busy day, ill-advised as it may be. As expected, British Transport Police were quickly alerted and politely demanded that the impromptu rave be shut down, asking Shotta to return to the land of the living, overground, after a short set lasting only a few stops.
A spokesperson for the BTP commented that “whilst officers relish any opportunity to experience underground drum and bass, we’d kindly ask DJs to refrain from using the Tube as a pop-up club. It may be the Easter holiday but there is a time and a place and we'd ask everyone to consider other passengers using the network."
Personally, I’ve always considered the underground to be way too quiet anyway, and don’t particularly enjoy taking the train, so fair play to Shotta for trying to liven things up a little. Perhaps he took it too far this time though - some mellow dubstep and mood lighting might have been a better option.