Monday night commute on the Bakerloo line livened up with an MC, flashing lights and a sound system
A “fully-fledged” drum ‘n’ bass rave on the London Underground had to be broken up by police last night.
Featuring a soundsystem, lights and a DJ, the Bakerloo line shindig was hosted by MC Harry Shotta in front of a number of revelers around 10pm on Monday night.
Not all commuters were impressed with the “live rap”, though, and tweeted their displeasure.
Hi Dominic, @bakerlooline can you please let me know why there’s some live rap performance holding up trains and keeping me from my PJs?
After being called to Regents Park station where the train was stopped, British Transport Police said the organisers were lighthearted and co-operative when asked to turn the music off.
A spokesman for BTP said: “Officers attended and spoke with a man who agreed to turn off the speakers and the light systems, they then left the station.
“While officers relish any opportunity to experience underground drum ‘n’ bass, we’d kindly ask DJs to refrain from using the Tube as a pop-up club.
“It may be the Easter holiday, but there is a time and a place and we’d ask everyone to consider other passengers using the network.”
The incident appears to have been orchestrated by the pranksters group Trollstation, with group member DiscoBoy tweeting: “Put a full sound and light system on the London Underground tonight. It looked mental featuring a very well known d’n’b mc.”
The party actually went on for approximately 25 minutes and culminated in the British Transport Police showing genuine humour and an understanding of the harmless, good-natured fun that was intended in the first place. We called up record breaker Harry to find out what went down from his point of view. Far from the innocent bystander, he was involved from the off and helped carry the decks, lights and speakers down the stairs at Elephant & Castle…
“I’ve known Jarvo from Trollstation for years, we’re both from the same area. I’ve been watching what they’ve been doing and seeing how they’ve blown up with crazy pranks. We actually bumped into each other at the local gym. He explained this idea he had and I was on board straight away… It’s perfect. People spend their time on the Tube trying not to look each other in the eye, this completely flips that!
“That was two weeks ago. Once we all agreed, it just happened. The guys are pros. Watching them set it up so quickly was mental. We all got on at Elephant & Castle, had a spot of trouble getting the kit down the stairs but the second we got on, they were sticking wall paper up on the windows to mask out lights and putting equipment up. Within two stops we had a proper party going on.
“It actually went on for about 25 minutes and the vibe was real. Everyone young and old were getting into it and could see it was fun and totally social. We had people raving with us, loads of people taking photos and getting involved. Many people who probably think they don’t like drum & bass but actually do when they see the vibe in action. Loads of interaction and positivity. The complete opposite to the standard Monday night Tube vibe.
“It was beautiful. The world’s a scary place at the moment, if there’s a perfect time to hold a rave on a Tube, it’s now. The fact that the police also understood what we were doing and were really good-natured about it was the icing on the cake. Massive respect to them, to Discoboy, Trollstation and, most importantly, everyone who happened to be on the Tube and partied with us!”