On April 29, French President Emmanuel Macron said he hoped to lift most restrictions in the country on June 30, but nightclubs would remain closed.
Many DJs have said they want the clubs to open as soon as possible, and not just because of their work. Clubbing was not just about music, said Marea Stamper, a DJ better known as the Blessed Madonna, after performing a set at the event in Liverpool. “We come to raves to dance, to drink, to fall in love, to meet our friends,” she said. Nightclubs create communities, she added, “and to end it is awful.”
“It’s not just a party,”
In Liverpool, this sense of community became apparent at 7.30pm when Yousef Zahar, DJ and co-owner of Circus, the event’s organizer, took the stage. For his first song, he played an emotional tune called “When We Were Free”, which he performed last year in the middle of Britain’s third lock.
It seemed a strange choice for an event celebrating the club’s return, but when it ended, he began playing a rehearsal from the speech of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream.” “Finally free, finally free; “Thank God, the Almighty, we’re finally free,” Dr. King said, his voice buzzing in the warehouse.
Then, as green lights flashed over the crowd, Zahar released “Free” on Ultra Naté, a dance hit from the ’90s. As soon as he reached his euphoric chorus – “You are free to do what you want” – confetti cannons left, spraying paper all over the crowd and the ravers began to sing. They would follow the song’s advice for the rest of the night.