Ravers have found a new way to spread the news of illicit parties via blockchain technology — which is probably the most 2018 thing ever.
Crypto-enabled raves, known as crypto-raves, revived the underground and “decentralised the autonomous rave scene.” Instead of spreading news by word of mouth, all you need to do is know the right people, and wait for the encrypted invite.
Technologist and artist Mat Dryhurst is one of the few who have experienced the crypto-rave phenomenon firsthand. He reveals to Wired:
“Like most good things, it emerged slowly and organically,” he said. “The first time I went to a crypto rave, I got a text message from a friend who was given a few invites, received my own unique keys and was given an invite of my own to share.”
Blockchains keep information secure and anonymous — so party organizers can get the word out while keeping their identity hidden — only opening such events to trustworthy friends and acquaintances. While public sites like Facebook can easily be targeted by police, cryptography and digital privacy should keep crypto-raves on the down low.
So far, mostly dance music genres such as techno and jungle have been the driving force of these top secret parties, but nothing is off limits. Apparently, people everywhere from San Francisco to Moscow to Berlin have been raving blockchain style.
“The common element is an emphasis on privacy and community that I think augments whatever music is being presented,” Dryhurst explains.