As anyone who uses the subway as a daily means of transit will tell you, it’s not unheard of to be stuck in a train with passengers shamelessly blasting music for all around them to hear. A rave on a train, however, is a sight very few have seen — unless you were on the Bakerloo line on Monday evening.
Boasting laser light displays, a turntable, and a sound system, a section of a London train was transformed into a drum ‘n’ bass spectacle. MC Harry Shotta — who broke Eminem’s world record of most words in a track, fitting 1,771 into his track “Animal” — was in attendance, rapping for the surprised crowd.
Videos uploaded by YouTuber Svenskier show numerous passengers laughing and dancing. “Not your normal Monday night on the Bakerloo line,” he wrote in one video description.
However, all great and absurd things must come to an end, and British Transport Police (BTP) were eventually called and arrived at Paddington station to break up the tube rave.
We've just removed a fully fledged rave from a Bakerloo Line tube! 🎉 All light hearted and very co-operative. #Bakerloo running normally.
— BTP Paddington (@BTPPaddington) April 10, 2017
“We’ve just removed a fully fledged rave from a Bakerloo Line tube! All light hearted and very co-operative. Bakerloo running normally,” BTP tweeted.
The Evening Standard spoke with a few passengers who happened to catch the rave, including student Iain Souttar:
“I just stumbled across it. I was on my way back to university on the Bakerloo line to Marylebone. I got on and there was multicoloured lights and a sound system on the carriage.
“Everyone was enjoying it and only took up part of one carriage so I didn’t see any real disruption. It was only on it for two or three stops but everyone seemed to be enjoying it.”
Check out videos of the (literally) underground, impromptu party below.