10 reasons parties were better in the last millennium 1. The scene was not split into people who liked progressive, dark, full-on, forest or Mongolian. Everyone went out at the weekend to the same parties, danced like loons to the same music and shared the same experience. There was unity, basically. 2. There was no shite “live act” culture. A good party in the 90’s had one live act, possibly two. They rarely came from abroad. Instead you had skilled DJs who played the tunes from those acts that were out of reach in long sets, and weaved them into something much more unique and magical than a live act ever could be. 3. People who put on the parties had no real concept of making money from them, they were just done for the love, and that love was pure. 4. People who made the music had no real concept of flying all over the world doing gigs for a living and becoming “famous”, the tunes were just made for the love, and that love was pure. 5. Because of 3) & 4) the people dancing to those tunes at those parties felt the love, magnified it and sent it back out there, and that love was pure. 6. Free Lemonade. Squat parties meant Free Lemonade. 7. You could put on a proper outdoor party, in proper countryside, and get away with it. 8. Vinyl. 9. Thyssen Street. A venue so cool that there was at least one big party a week there for about 7 years, and no-one moaned about it. 10. It was new. Not just new for some people, it was new to everyone. There was no jaded energy to be found, no punters at parties just there because they have become institutionalised over the years. It was new, and everyone was exploring it together. flame on.