You look fabulous, your outfit in on point, your friends are gathering and the venue is ready to be filled with an army of hotness. You’ve arrived at the destination and it’s time to go into that transformational place only this music genre can deliver.
music was born in LGBT dance music communities, but the circuit party is where it truly lived. The circuit—a loose global network of often weekend-long dance-a-thons, where partygoers (mostly gay men) convene from around the world to bond spiritually, socially, and musically—is one of the most unique cultural phenomena to emerge from this community over the past few decades.
A circuit party is a large dance event. It extends through the night and into the following day, almost always with a number of affiliated events in the days leading up to and following the main event. Proto-circuit parties in the late 1970s, the precursors of what later became circuit parties, were called disco parties. They lasted only one evening and were held in various large venues in metropolitan areas with large gay populations.
Circuit parties were first developed in connection with the early tea dances attended by a subset of gay men, as well as theme parties held on Fire Island, in the days after police abuse and before the beginning of the health crisis of HIV/AIDS. They came to resemble underground rave parties in some respects, but differ in that circuit parties are highly publicized and professionally produced, and tend to attract people from a wider age range and a broad, geographic area.
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