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Castlemorton Rave - history

What happened and when at the illegal rave on Castlemorton Common near Malvern in 1992.

The rave started on the May Bank Holiday weekend in 1992.

It was publicised through a recorded message on an answerphone.

Many New Age Travellers came to the event, following the cancellation of another festival in the West Country.

An estimated 40,000 people were at the rave, setting up a massive campsite on the common land in the shadow of the Malvern Hills.

There were as many as five different sound systems at the rave - the music could be heard in Malvern.

It was a week before the last campers left the site.

Some of the sound systems were confiscated by the Police, and there were a number of court cases following the rave.

The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was passed after the rave, to stop any more large scale illegal festivals.

The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

This was a bigger Act of Parliament, controversial at the time because of changes to a person's right to silence, which also included legislation to stop illegal raves.

The Act gave the Police powers to stop and break up a "gathering on land in the open air of 100 or more persons (whether or not trespassers) at which amplified music is played during the night".

The Act singled out "music (that) includes sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats".

It gave the Police powers to stop people travelling to an event, and to seize and remove vehicles and sound systems.

last updated: 07/06/07
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Storm W
It should be noted that the sound systems and equipment confiscated by police, were all returned, as there was no legal reason for doing so. Also, most of the following court cases came to nothing. This monumental waste of public money resulted in only 5 convictions.

Emily Scott
This was when people had opinions before the UK resorted to apathy

rememeber it well shame it doesnt happen anymore!!

Rose G
One of the best parties ever. Free to party with thousands of people in a beautiful place. Days and nights, travellers and ponies, fantastic music, sunsets, dancing police men. Gone but not forgotten

Paul T
Great days of my youth. No trouble, and plenty of people having fun and not making much mess (overall). Mind you, we can't have young people having fun can we (LOL)

cyrus green
the best time of my life,this country is a worse place since the criminal justice act

Raver 1
These events such as the castlemorten one do still go ahead and will still go ahead whether the police or local authorities try to stop them.The events that organisers put on are well organised and safe it is the police that say they are not safe!Castlemoreten common did have some problems but these were isolated incidents and in part the event went on in a controlled manner.The idea of common land is for the people, that is to say the area described as common land is for people to congregate on, so if people want to congregate and have a party, then they should be allowed.that is what common land is there for!

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