With less than four months until the U.S. presidential election, the dance world is using its weapon of choice, music, to get people registered to vote.
A new event called Rave the Vote will host four voter registration livestreams and fundraisers on July 24, August 14, September 11 and October 2 in an effort to get dance fans to the polls. These politically-minded online raves will be hosted by Lost Resort, the livestream event that’s been hosted each week by Tokimonsta since the beginning of quarantine.
The Los Angeles-based producer will be joined by a long list of high caliber and politically aware producers including The Black Madonna, Inner City, Seth Troxler, Ardalan, Justin Martin, Uniiqu3, A-Trak, Aluna, Louie Vega and more. See the complete lineup below.
Each 12 hour event will be broadcast via the Lost Resort Twitch page. (RSVP for the July 24 event here.) In addition to the music, Rave the Vote will host discussions featuring trans femme entertainer Miss Barbie-Q, Recreation and Parks Commissioner of Los Angeles and Chief Strategist of CicLAvia Tafarai Bayne, Executive Director of the Freelancer’s Union Rafael Espinal and Chair of the Los Angeles Democratic Party Mark Gonzales, with additional guests to be announced. Afterparties will feature music from SoCal’s Desert Hearts crew and East Coast party starters House of EFunk.
“Since its inception the dance music community has been defined by positivity, inclusivity, and unity,” reads a press release on the event. “It is now time to channel our strength to help shape the future we want to live in. Join Rave The Vote as we push our collective message beyond the tenants of hedonism and create a world worth celebrating.”
To that sentiment, we’re voting yes.