It’s been ten years since the nu-rave scene burst out of the clubs and squats of New Cross and Shoreditch. The day-glo anarchy of Klaxons and the bands that followed them was a welcome antidote to the post-Libertines schmindie clogging up the airwaves. But nu-rave was also a joke right from the very start – a knowingly postmodern, hybrid scene with a lame half-pun for a name and no coherent sound to speak of. By the end of 2007 it had fizzled out completely. And yet looking back now, nu-rave looks like the last great British subculture, with an influence that can be seen and heard everywhere from the charts to the high street. Don’t believe us? Here are 12 things that we wouldn’t have today without nu-rave’s messy creative explosion.
Twelve things that wouldn‘t exist without nu-rave
Was it a media in-joke or the last great British music scene? Either way, nu-rave’s cultural legacy runs deeper than you think