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Rave Till Dawn at Flex

“Rewind the clock and put the needle on the record, it’s time for a rave!” I was a bit incredulous of the flyer (a rave, in Raleigh, in 2009?), but after nearly a month of failed attempts to find a good Friday night party I figured anything would be better than one more night of bar hopping on Glenwood. Three words to describe the evening I found: Too Much Fun!

The event turned out to be even better than I’d hoped, with a great venue, fantastic music, and a wonderful (and camera friendly) crowd.

Music and visuals at the party were contributed by DJ Steve, DJ Rousseau, DJ Arc, VJ//c, and VJ130xe.

The music focused on old school rave anthems from the mid 80s to the mid 90s and delivered. After one or two (or six) drinks even I found myself stumble-footing around the dance floor – a horror to behold but a definite indication of the DJs’ talents.

Flex was a great venue – lighting and sound, an accessible dance floor, good drink prices, and friendly service – they even gave me free batteries when mine ran out! I also really appreciated the fact that they let you get cash back from the bartender, rather than sticking some ATM machine with a five dollar fee in the corner.

There was a solid crowd, with a lot of people showing up in old school rave styles.

The party didn’t break up until at least 5 am. Nothing bugs me more than just getting into it when the lights come on and the bouncer chases me out. It’s hard to find a club willing to let people finish their party after they shut down the bar so definitely more compliments to Flex.

This was at about 4 am; definitely still going strong.

The man, the myth, the legend – John Morris.



Posing for a picture

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Sitting in the dancefloor

Thumbs up

Myque, busted, eating the urinal candy

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