Manchester, England was the site of two illegal “quarantine raves” on Saturday, June 13th. Attended by some 6,000 people total, the events resulted in one suspected overdose death, three stabbings, and the rape of an 18-year-old-woman.

As reported by the BBCthe two separate events took place in Daisy Nook Park and Carrington, both within Greater Manchester County. 4,000 people piled into the park at Daisy Nook, including the 20-year-old man who is believed to have died of a drug overdose. An additional 2,000 people raved at Carrington, and it was this smaller event that hosted the rest of the weekend’s tragedies.

Three separate stabbings took place, one of which left an 18-year-old man in critical condition. Police officers gave him first aid before paramedics arrived, and his health is believed to be stable. Additionally, a 25- and 26-year-old man were injured in separate stabbing incidents, and police took a 25-year-old man into custody.


“We are also investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman, who attended this event,” police said in a statement, “and we have specialist officers supporting her and her family.”

Images of the events circulated widely on social media. Photographs show tight clusters of people not wearing masks, in defiance of Britain’s coronavirus guidance, as well as common sense. Given what scientists are discovering about superspreader events, this weekend could potentially be a step backwards for UK health care officials attempting to manage the pandemic.

Pictures of the sites reveal a dense layer of trash covering the ground. You might find the same at legal music festivals, except that legal festivals employ cleanup crews. Altogether, the “quarantine raves” are the kind of thing that give respectable drug-loving music fans a bad name. Check out video and images of the raves below.


While many countries have yet to flatten the curve, the US and Europe are starting the precarious process of opening back up. We at CoS are as desperate to attend live music shows as anyone, but health care experts warn that won’t be safely possible until fall 2021, after a vaccine is widely available. That doesn’t mean concerts are impossible — just that you should invest in some special protective concert gear.

Around the world, live music fans are getting creative in safer ways. Keith Urban performed a drive-in concert exclusively for first responders, Germans started throwing automotive raves, Florida hosted the first-ever drive-in music festival, and EDM artist Marc Rebillet embarked on a full tour for people in their cars.