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23-Year-Old Vancouver Man Found Dead After Attending Rave in Stanley Park

While the term “rave” can conjure images of massive modern-day spectacles, like Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival, filled with performers, fireworks, lights and jaw-dropping production, this has not always been the case.

Before the rise of electronic dance music in America, dance music was forced to reside in the underground, and raves were often illegal events held out in the desert or in grungy warehouses with a bi-fold table serving as the DJ booth. The locations of these raves were often kept secret, and ravers were often tasked with finding the location from strangers, and hoping that the location they received was correct. It wasn't uncommon for ravers to trek out into the desert only to find no rave at all or hop a fence into a warehouse only to be confronted by police.

While the ever-growing popularity of dance music and the rise of festivals like EDC has mostly eliminated the need for underground raves, illegal raves are still held around the world. There’s no denying that attending one of these raves can be a dangerous affair, as seen in the latest tragedy to strike the rave scene: The death of a 23-year-old man in Vancouver. 

It is believed that the man attended a rave in a secluded area of Stanley Park and died early Sunday when he fell off the cliffs. The body of the 23-year-old man was found around 4:20 am, when it washed up against the seawall.

It seems as if the young man’s death was accidental, according to Vancouver Police Department’s Const. Brian Montague, but investigations are still underway. 

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