London was the go to destination for thousands of music lovers this weekend as crowds assembled for the Freedom To Dance rally. The march, organised by the #SaveOurSceneUK movement, set off from the BBC building & travelled down to Parliament Square with scores of ravers there to show their support for the cause.
Save Our Scene
Save Our Scene have been campaigning to raise awareness of the effects that COVID-19 restrictions are having on the music & hospitality sectors. The events industry has been adversely disrupted by the pandemic with many now worrying it could cause irreparable damage to the future of our world beating night life scene.
Since March 2020 music venues have either remained closed, or been forced to operate at severely restricted capacities. Industry insiders have long complained that the UK Government have offered little to no clarity or financial aid for those businesses operating in or around events & hospitality.
It’s hoped that remaining restrictions will be lifted on 19th July in accordance with the Governments ‘irreversible’ roadmap out of lockdown (which they managed to reverse once already).
Thousands Took To The Streets
As expected thousands took to the streets of the capital to save our scene in images that were reminiscent of the Notting Hill Carnival. Curtain sided flatbed trucks, loaded with sound systems, rolled slowly along the pre-ordained route with music supplied by some of the countries most renowned DJ’s. Notable artists entertaining the Freedom To Dance crowds included Fabio & Grooverider, Micky Finn, Randall, DJ Die, Jumpin’ Jack Frost, Heartless Crew, Charlie Tee, Sam Supplier & many more.
We must also note that Freedom To Dance was a peaceful protest, with dance music fans adhering to the spirit of peace, love & unity that the rave scene is built on.
Pictures Of The Protest
Photographer Christian Cross was there to document the Save Our Scene demonstration and capture the vibe of the day. We have to thank him for supplying the images in this article.
Christian is a self taught photographer born & raised in Peckham, South East London. He’s been taking pictures and capturing life around him for the past 6 years. Be sure to check out his Instagram for more pictures from the weekends demonstration.
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