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Return of the Rave: Revolution Raleigh

One of the newest additions to Raleigh’s evening line up is Revolution Raleigh. Combining stage acts by some of Raleigh’s local circus performers with dance music, cotton candy, and an amazing light show, Revolution Raleigh sounded like a refreshing change of pace from the usual hipster bar/gelhead danceclub dichotomy that pervades most of Raleigh’s downtown nightlife.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much – Raleigh hasn’t had much of a rave scene for the better part of a decade – and so when I arrived, I was genuinely blown away. The crowd was tremendous, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen Lincoln Theatre that packed. The music, initially mostly dubstep (not my favorite), quickly picked up and built up to a serious crescendo of awesomeness. Finally the stage performers helped add a nice focus to the entire scene, really kept the crowd moving, and of course were awesome performers. However, rather than go on about it, I’ll leave you with some pictures taken by John Morris and I, and strongly encourage you to check out their upcoming Holidaze party this Thursday, December 9.

The crowd very early in the evening (photo by JM)

The crowd a little later (photo by JM)

Awesome stage performance by Acroentertainment (photo by JM)

photo by JM

photo by JM

This performer did an awesome tarantella style dance with this dress. Hard to photograph, but definitely fun to watch

photo by JM

The DJs did a great job

Outside cooling off with a smoke

View of the performers from backstage (photo by JM)

A view across the crowd (photo by JM)

The ringmaster backstage

On the dancefloor

A cool couple in the crowd (photo by JM)

The face painters

Another shot on the street

The Raleigh firedancers putting on a lightshow

The DJ at the helm

The party really starting to heat up

This picture is a pretty accurate description of what it felt like to be on the dancefloor

The ringmaster performing on the swing

Upstairs playing some pool in women's lingerie

This guys shot is about to get seriously messed up

End of the show, everyone taking their bows (photo by JM)

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