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Carl Cox Says Illegal Raves During Quarantine Are ‘Not the Answer’

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Carl Cox Says Illegal Raves During Quarantine Are ‘Not the Answer’

The prevalence of illegal raves during quarantine is increasing, and Carl Cox has some thoughts on the trend.

In an interview with Sky News published on July 3, the legendary DJ/producer and dance world tastemaker said that, “These illegal parties are basically done out of frustration. Just done out of showing it’s our right to do what we want to do. It’s not the answer to this.”

Cox’s comments come amidst a flurry of illegal dance-focused gatherings, including a pair of illegal raves held in mid-June near Manchester, UK that resulted in three stabbings, a rape and one death. The two parties attracted roughly 6,000 attendees and drew widespread backlash for breaking social distancing requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stateside, the illegal rave trend continued this past weekend in the outskirts of Las Vegas. According to News 3 Las Vegas, hundreds of attendees gathered at the July 4 event, which did not enact social distancing or any COVID-19 safety precautions. Organized by a promoter called Malum Geminos, the party provided the event location after attendees purchased tickets online. Public health officials called this event and others like it COVID-19 “superspreaders.”

Cox, whose Ibiza residency and myriad festival sets have been cancelled this summer due to the pandemic, did not mince words about his feelings on the dance world’s global shutdown.

“For the music scene, he told Sky News, “[it] absolutely sucks.”