New Documentary Sheds Light on the UK’s 90s Free Party Movement

hoto of a free party being set up

A new documentary film about the 90s free party movement kicks off a nationwide UK tour later this month.

Free Party: A Folk History explores the phenomenon which emerged during the late 80s and early 90s in the UK and the social, political and cultural impact it’s had on present times.

The film follows the inception of the movement, a meeting between urban ravers and the new age travellers during Thatcher’s last days in power, and the explosive years that followed, leading to the infamous Castlemorton free festival in 1992 – the largest ever illegal rave, which provoked the drastic change of the laws of trespass with the notorious introduction of the Criminal Justice Act in 1994.

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Made by Luckycoin Films, the story is told exclusively by those who were in the thick of it and features interviews with members of Spiral Tribe, DIY Sound system, Circus Warp, Bedlam, and Paul Oakenfold.

If you’re in the UK, tickets are available via Doc’n Roll Film Festival.

Dates are scheduled from 27 October – 12 November in London, Brighton, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cardiff, Sheffield, and Glasgow.

Free Party: A Folk History, official trailer:


Header image credit: Michelle Miles

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