From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
To rave is to speak or write wildly or incoherently. In Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, David Hume says "a production whithout design would resemble more the ravings of a madman, than the sober efforts of genius and learning."
A rave (or rave party) is an all-night dance event where DJs and other performers play rave music and other types of electronic dance music for dancers, with the accompaniment of colored lights, projected images, and laser effects.
- Acid house – Forerunner of raves typically originating from Chicago, Illinois.
- Circuit party
- Free party – The modern, illegal version of raves.
- Melbourne Shuffle – A rave dance style culture that has evolved in Melbourne, Australia over the past 15 years.
- Merry Pranksters – Their early escapades were best chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
- New Rave – A new genre of music mixing elements of rave culture, disco and rock.
- Rat Parties – When Sydney's gay dance party scene opened up to the broader community in the 1980s.
- RAVE Act – An American law targeting raves.
- Rave Board Game – 1991 board game based on the UK Rave scene
- Rave music – Music and music styles at raves
- Thunderdome - Dutch hardcore raves, running since 1992.
- Tecktonik, a dance style based on rave music, developed in Paris, France and well known throughout Europe.