At 3am on Sunday morning lasers, coloured lights and pounding music were blazing through the drizzle in an abandoned RAF airfield in Somerset for a free party that would last late into Sunday afternoon.
Around 15 free party crews had come together to put the event, which was advertised as The Return of Scumerset and took place three miles outside of the city of Bath, with 3000 ravers in attendance at its peak despite pouring rain late on Saturday.
Many of the crews came from the surrounding area as well as others travelling from further afield, including one crew that had driven for five hours in order to transport their sound system to the event.
For more than 15 hours a wide range of sounds were showcased on multiple makeshift stages and dancefloors including acid techno, bassline, garage, drum ‘n’ bass, and jungle.
“It’s crazy how everyone can come together and make this work,” said Luke, a 24-year-old musician from Bath that was attending the event with some friends.
“Despite all the problems and mud – people have come together to put on a party that anyone is welcome to attend, it’s huge and it’s completely free.”
One of the people that had travelled to the event with a soundsystem said that the crews involved in the rave hadn’t put on any parties since the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were introduced.