Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy Endings Channels the Beginnings of Rave Culture

“And tonight something equally epoch-making is taking place. See? They're applauding the DJ. Not the music, not the musician, not the creator, but the medium.”

The 24 Hour Party People quote above perfectly describes Happy Endings at The Berkley Front. Any DJ who can keep the dancefloor as full of people and energy as it was on Friday night deserves applause. Happy Endings is officially billed as a Brit Pop / Shoegaze / Dream Pop / Post-Punk / Synth Pop dance party. It is exactly the kind of event you can expect to leave satisfied, drenched in sweat and alcohol. I apologize because most of that alcohol was probably mine; I will never master the art of simultaneously dancing and holding a drink. Thankfully, tables and chairs surround the dancefloor. They came in handy when my heels started pinching and I made the executive decision to finish at least half of my drink before sloshing it everywhere.

The last time I was upstairs at the Berkley Front was for the now defunct Revolutionary Politics of a Dance Party, or RPD, seven years ago. My expectations were exceeded as soon as I walked in. There is a real sound system, lighting appropriate for dancing, and a video screen. The whole place was packed. I ran into old friends, new friends (most of whom were at Thirst Wave earlier in the month) and the super friendly DJ Slofu. It’s been a long time since I did not have to send a drier, more attractive friend to make a song request for me. DJ Slofu was kind enough to ignore my appearance, introduce himself, and take my request. I’ll definitely be there next month, so look for the raving, hot mess on the dancefloor.

Happy Endings is held the last Friday of every month, upstairs at the Berkley Front. The Berkley Front is located at 3087 12 Mile Road in Berkley. No cover. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.


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