„Back in December 2016 the underground dance scene made international headlines when a deadly fire broke out at Oakland live/work space the Ghost Ship—killing 36 people, and raising serious questions around the safety of sub-legal music spaces. As VICE explore in its’ series, the tragedy raised fears of a nation-wide crackdown on music venues by law enforcement. For some, it triggered wider existential conversations about the ways authorities try to control and contain our fundamental human impulse to congregate in public and express ourselves through music and dance—usually under the pretext of keeping us safe, but too often with the effect of depriving certain communities of the only real-world spaces where they feel safe to begin with.“

Check out all the series here:

All the Times in American History That Authorities Tried to Stop People From Dancing

You Have Rights When You’re at The Club—Know Them

How to Throw a Party That’s Safe—No Matter Where You’re Throwing It

We Talk About How to Party Safer on Episode 3 of The Thump Podcast

How Toronto’s Electronic Community Fought the City’s Rave Ban and Won

The Racist Legacy of NYC’s Anti-Dancing Law

The Lessons ‘Footloose’ Can Teach Us About Political Resistance

Are Sex Parties Legal? We Spoke to A Veteran Promoter To Find Out

Inside the German Electro Classic That Taught Anti-Fascists How to Party

How Mayor Giuliani Decimated New York City Nightlife

The Story of NYC’s Biggest Music Venue That Almost Never Happened

Montreal’s Stonewall: How the Sex Garage Raid Mobilized a Generation of LGBT Activists

Is Sydney Finally Ready to Be a Party City Again?

7 Movie Scenes That Show the Uneasy Relationship Between Clubs and the Law