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    23 Things I Learned At A Sober Rave

    The early bird catches the rave.

    1. There is a monthly sober rave called 'Morning Glory'. It is held in this space in East London, past a Post Office Depot.

    2. The event is 100 per cent sober.

    3. This glittery tramp tended to the door.

    4. There are Post-Its with instructions all around the venue.

    The one in the middle says 'stretch and smile and take your time'. The one on the right says 'beautiful stretching all morning long'.

    5. There is a smoothie bar, and a coffee cart.

    6. There are also various supplies to help you enjoy the rave.

    Like bubbles. And incense. And some posh wet wipes.

    7. It takes a while to get going.

    At 6.45 AM, the room is half people Instagramming on their phones, half people having a bop.

    8. Initially, the vibe is more like a school fair than a rave.

    9. Whatta selfie.

    10. There are options apart from dancing.

    Like hula hooping, or this very slow Yoga thing (which might be Tai Chi).

    11. There is a surprisingly varied mix of people.

    12. Lucy is an energy healer.

    She's also an installation artist who is channeling the energy in the room into a painting. You can catching a glimpse of the work in this Vine. It looks a bit like a painting of the room.

    13. Tegan is doing body work.

    14. A Japanese TV crew turned up.

    15. The MC wears his pyjamas.

    16. There are lots of children.

    At around 7.00 AM, there is a large influx of young families - from babies in buggies to this toddler who stuck close to his dad.

    17. There is an awful lot of hugging.

    And also incentives to hug, like this one. "Turn around and hug a stranger and say thank you for being here".

    18. Everyone is incredibly friendly.

    19. And enthusiastic.

    "If it's your first time here", the MC shouts, "feel free to get up on stage. It's really liberating".

    20. I am so much more awkward than I thought I was.

    The MC bellows, "the stage is yours to enjoy so please get up and express yourselves". I realise that I do not want to express myself in that way.

    21. But not too awkward for Groove Armada.

    22. By the time that I leave at 8.00 AM there is a queue out of the door.

    23. And there is something quite nice about seeing London with wide-awake eyes first thing in the morning.