Hundreds of people from all around Cornwall are attending illegal “free parties” every month in search of community, music and belonging.
The term “free party” meaning “free from restrictions” is an ever-growing part of youth culture and is something that the youth of today feel is necessary for them to express themselves.
“It gives people a sense of belonging to some sort of movement.”
Reece O’Hara, expert on rave and counter culture, told TruthFal: “People see it as a getaway and really a form of expression.”
“We are resisting the mainstream; we are not giving any money to capitalism and clubs… Free parties are all about community and unity, doing something different and being part of a movement.”
In a time where young people are surrounded by negativity, Brexit going the wrong way for some, Trump being inaugurated as president and student loans looming over us, this form of self-expression and carefree enjoyment seems to be fundamental to those who attend these parties.
“There’s a lot more to it than just drugs and music,” said O’Hara on the essence of a free party. “It gives people a sense of belonging to some sort of movement.”
“We have a lot of people who come here who want to have fun and a good time.”
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Shiv Sharma, Falmouth local and free partygoer, told Truthfal: “We have a massive lack in demand for the amount of students and locals that we have around here. We have a lot of people who come here who want to have fun and a good time.”
Online petitions have been put forward to Theresa May in an attempt to decriminalise free parties, so people all over the country can attend and party, truly free from restrictions and authorities.