On top, non-stop
Spiral Tribe were ultimately acquitted of the Castlemorton conspiracy charges, but they had already left the country, believing it was no longer possible to operate freely in Britain any more. They organised their first Teknival, as they called it, in France in 1993, then moved on to the Czech Republic the following year, where hundreds came to dance in a remote field against an apocalyptic sculptural backdrop of decommissioned Soviet MiG fighters and other discarded Red Army hardware. As the Spirals moved on through Europe, staging Teknivals as they went, hardcore sound-system crews started to emerge all over the continent, emulating the British crew’s style and attitude. “Wherever we went, we left a little scene,” Tribe member Sebastian Vaughan recalled. But the Teknivals’ popularity brought the sonic anarchists back into conflict with the law. In France, which became the heartland of the outlaw scene, legislation was adopted in 2002 to give the authorities more powers to stop illegal raves, while in the Czech Republic in 2005, a Teknival was raided by hundreds of police armed with tear gas and water cannon, causing a riot which left scores of people injured.