In the late 1950s rave was born, with the term being used to describe “wild bohemian parties”. In 1958, Buddy Holly released the popular song “Rave On,” mentioning the craziness that was rave, along with the feeling of never wanting it to end. In the late 1960s and through to the 1980s, when rave was associated with Mod culture, genial party goers were labelled “ravers”, attributed to their non-stop partying and general carefree attitude. Here, the likes of The Who and The Jam would become the faces of rave. By the 1980s, and whilst breaking out of Europe and into the USA, rave became an association with electronic music, and the word became a generalised term to describe psychedelia bands such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Doors. Most remarkably, The Yardbird released an album called “Having a Rave Up”, and although not in line with traditional rave sound, signified the generic style of music that was now rave. In Australia, the word “rave” was first used in the late 1980s to describe the subculture that grew out of the acid house movement – a subgenre of house music developed around the mid-1980s by American DJs. By the late 1980s, acid house had moved into the British mainstream rave where it manipulated the already booming style, forming a sub-genre that would be followed by many more over time.
Rave parties began in Australia as early as the 1980s and continued into the late 1990s. The tradition continues Australia wide, with rave parties held across festivals such as OZ EDM and Defqon.1 held regularly. Melbourne aided in keeping rave culture in line with young people, and between 2005 and 2010, a dance move resurfaced from the 1980s dubbed the “Melbourne Shuffle”. The dance is a fast heel-and-toe action with a style suitable for various types of electronic music. A lot of rave music production has come about from worldwide artists purely because of the Melbourne Shuffle, so dancers can adjust their movements to the heavy drum and bass associated with the tune, making it one of the most common and widespread dance moves in the world of rave.