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23 Things I Learned At A Sober Rave

The early bird catches the rave.

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2. The event is 100 per cent sober.

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Tickets cost £15, and the event runs from 6.30am - 10.30am. The idea is that you drop in for an hour, but could end up staying for the whole thing.


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.

11. There is a surprisingly varied mix of people.

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There are students, and also city workers, and families - as well as groups of friends up early to have a dance workout. (Sidebar: Look at this man's tail on the left.)

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.

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She's a yoga teacher normally. "This is my third time here", she explains. "The first time I just came to the rave and the last two I've been doing body work. They found people were very stiff in the afternoon after dancing in the morning, and this helps."

14. A Japanese TV crew turned up.

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.

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These two sisters were on flying form. Ava is 8 and on half term. She's come down from Sheffield especially with her mum. Her sister Alice (in the head-dress) seems to know everybody. They are having a brilliant time.