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London's Burning Man

By londonist_mark Last edited 138 months ago
London's Burning Man
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Every year 30 000 souls descend upon the Black Rock desert to live outside the constraints of a commercial world and party their smalls off, climaxing in the burning of a 40 foot effigy. It is the Burning Man festival.

Now the burning man ethos is coming to East London this Saturday for London's first Decompression. Built upon the same principals of radical self-expression; radical self reliance; no commerce whatsoever; radical particiaption; and leaving no trace, the merriment will kick off at 9 and last... until the last person leaves no doubt. The line up boasts

Installation art, performances, films, DJ's, change your look at the In de Skies Costume Camp, capture your moment for prosperity at the "Photo Booth", try an alcoholic prescription by "Dr Deranged" and the Medicine Bar Crew, "Grope Santa", "get hit on" by one of our "Travelling Masseurs", "Pin the Tassle on the Nipple", DIY Revue with Sideshow Bob and the Cockring Toss, fire, food, fun, drink and much, much more...

...presumably if it wasn't going to be so cold, a certain amount of free-spirited clothing divestment.

Decompression festivals are intended to capture the spirit of Burning Man: everyone attending is expected to participate, there are no casual observers, you're even encouraged to dress up to the point where it's almost insisted upon. And no litter. This may seem like an impossible task in London but in the morning you will all leave without a trace.

There are only 300 places and if you're interested, tickets are available here.

Last Updated 29 November 2005