Friday, March 2, 2007

Spaced-Out in Goa

In the mid-90s I used to go to Goa in India every year and attend their famous trance parties. They always took place in places like the 'Jungle', 'Hilltop' or the famous 'Disco Valley'. They would start around midnight and would continue until about 11am the next day. When the sun came up they could be quite an eye-opener with the many freaks dancing or wobbling through the rising dust as the sun quickly warmed up the dry Indian soil. No half measures were taken at these and at that time there seemed to be a high contingent of British revelers on Ketamine. We would occasionally rest on one of the many Indian tea mats spread out around the edges of the party. These were run by the local women and the Indian chai (tea) was always refreshing, although I never had the appetite to sample the many colorful cakes on offer. We would always make sure we stayed at the party until the very end and at one time we were the very last to leave, even after the sound system and the organizers had gone. We would have stayed longer if it wasn't for the fact that all the Indian beggars were now homing in on us, including the guy with the dancing cow. We would then take a hair-raising motorbike journey back to our room for a quick shower, and then we would spend the rest of the day sipping beers on our favorite part of beach whilst listening to mellow tunes. I haven't participated in anything like that now for about ten years, but I still have fond memories and deep down I still have that hidden urge to repeat it one more time.

At these parties, people were very wary about being filmed, so I was surprised to find this short clip of a New Year's Eve party from 2005. I'm glad to see they're still going strong!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Of course by 2005 the real Goa trance scene was long dead. This reminds me a bit of those Rock n Roll shows that wee popular in the 70s and 80s - an anachronism.