I rave my way into the day at Morning Gloryville

Saturday, 29 March 2014



It's 7am on a Wednesday and I'm dancing next to a man wearing gold lamé pants with a scuba mask and a woman dressed as a unicorn.

But even more strangely there's not a drop of alcohol or an amphetamine in sight. In fact the hardest substance on offer is an organic coffee. Welcome to Morning Gloryville, the new era of daytime partying which starts at 6.30am so you can have a dance before heading off for work.

Unlike similar offerings Secretsundaze or the infamous Egg after-party, the atmosphere is more healthy than hedonistic with even a few children along for the party. This is conscious dance for 2014 with green smoothies on sale and therapists offering free massages. But the music is just as good with an uplifting set from DJ duo the Loose Cannons.

Held at the Oval space in Cambridge Heath, it's a place for beautiful people with more men in leggings and girls in metallic leotards than you can shake a glow stick at. There's nothing like the sight of a man with a sparkly beard wearing Minnie Mouse trousers to wake you up in the morning. I feel positively overdressed in a summery dress and trainers with not a touch of glitter on me.

Admittedly as I left the house at 5am I had started to question my sanity. Surely at my age there's better things I should be spending my time doing; like organising my underwear drawer or researching my investment portfolio for example. But instead I'm putting on my dancing shoes and boarding the train to travel an hour across London.
On the stage with Sarah and Dean
It came about when I met party girl Sarah at a 5Rhythms class and she invited me along. Happily it coincided with the teachers' strike, meaning I didn't have the usual school run duties and the kids were already having a sleep-over at their nan's. It was all set for a rave.

By 9am I'm on the stage and it is no different to if it had been 2am and I'd just ingested half a bottle of vodka. In fact it's more authentic than that - this is me, no substances, no pretence and no fear of doing anything inappropriate.

As I leave I bump into a couple I was on a Buddhist retreat with last year. It's the second coincidence in a week, after turning up to a 5Rhythms class and finding I'd been on (another) retreat with the teacher. It seems that I'm moving in a certain circle of conscious people now. Although I'm still enjoying the occasional drink (or two), I feel like I'm on the path to something a bit more enlightening and a lot less hangover-inducing.

It's all good clean healthy fun and I'm planning another early morning rave next month. Maybe next time I'll even dig out my gold sparkly leotard...

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