name: Rave title: Rave image: 300px caption: Strobing lights flash at a rave in Vienna, Austria in 2005 headerstyle: background:lightgrey; labelstyle: background:lightgrey; header1: General Information label2: Genres included data2: hlist|Electronica|house|acid house|electro house|progressive house|tech house|big beat|breakbeat|acid breaks|trance|hardcore techno|Goa trance|dub techno|psychedelic trance|breakbeat hardcore|dubstep|drum and bass|Fidget|UK garage|speed garage|grime|UK funky|bassline|moombahton| Madchester, Happy Hardcore moombahcore|gabber|industrial|jumpstyle|hardstyle|tropical house|ghetto house|speedcore|nu rave|alternative dance label3: Related genres data3: hlist|Glam rock|new wave|power pop|trip hop|psychedelic rock|dub|ambient label4: Location data4: Worldwide label5: Types of street rave dance data5: hlist|Hakken|Para Para|Rebolation|Melbourne Shuffle label6:Related events data6: hlist|Music festival|rock festival|electronic music festival|acid house party|doof|trance festival|electronic dance music festival|teknival|algorave|free festival|free party|circuit party|concert tour label7: Related topics data7: hlist|Club drugs|Disc jockeys|MDMAUse British English|date=November 2011Use dmy dates|date=November 2011A
rave (from the verb: ''to rave'') is a large dance party featuring performances by DJs and occasionally live performers playing electronic music, particularly electronic dance music (EDM). The music is amplified with a large, powerful sound reinforcement system, typically with large subwoofers to produce a deep bass sound. The music is accompanied by laser light shows, projected images, visual effects and fog machines. The word "rave" was first used in the late 1980s to describe the subculture that grew out of the acid house movement.
While some raves may be small parties held at nightclubs or private residences, some raves have grown to immense size, such as the Castlemorton Common Festival in 1992. Some electronic dance music festivals have features of raves, but on a large, often commercial scale. Raves may last for a long time, with some events continuing for ten hours. Due to the association of illegal party drugs such as MDMA (ecstasy) and the use of non-authorized, secret venues for some raves, such as squat parties at warehouses, law enforcement attention has been directed at the rave scene in many countries.