In the late 80s, some British politicians believed that there was a new menace in the land, a menace that threatened the health and sanity of young people. They were concerned about the proliferation of large dance parties—“raves,” they called them–that were being held out in the countryside, mostly around London and Manchester.
They were so freaked out by these parties that they formed a special police unit called the Pay Party Unit and launched a crackdown. There was also a bill before the government that would hit rave promoters with fines up of to £140,000 plus six months in jail along with seizure and confiscation of all sound and DJ equipment. It got pretty weird for a while with all many allegations of police brutality. It was a strange time for British music.