Over 6,000 people attended two illegal raves which took place at Daisy Nook Country Park in Oldham, and nearby Carrington, in Manchester, UK, last Saturday 13th June.
Following a 60% surge in calls to the local emergency services on Saturday, police attended both events after reports of the raves and multiple incidents taking place, including the death of a 20-year-old man from a suspected overdose, as DJ mag reports.
A raver at the Daisy Nook park event told BBC 5 Live he went after “listening to guidelines for three months”.
“I just went for a good time.”
When asked about the Covid-19 pandemic, the 22-year-old said: “I’m not really scared of the virus but I don’t know anyone who has had it so I didn’t think of that.”
“These raves were illegal and I condemn them taking place – they were clearly a breach of coronavirus legislation and guidelines, and have had tragic consequences,” Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes said in a statement.
Addressing the violence met by police on their arrival to the raves, Sykes added: “Our officers are working incredibly hard to keep people safe and should never be met with inexcusable violence whilst carrying out their duties.”