Last year, some pundits predicted a comeback of the Roaring Twenties – a post-pandemic world of Gatsbyesque wild abandon and frenzied fun as life returned to some semblance of normality. But with the economy in free fall and the cost of living skyrocketing, the only flapping many of us are doing is sadly not the dance variety. Still, maybe there’s hope.
Looking at our recent history, it’s evident that economic hardships, political turmoil and even war have brought about major shifts in music, dance and culture in general. When the going gets tough, the tough get… partying!
Despite the ravages and rationing of WWII, we still managed to get our glad rags on and go out dancing: jive, jitterbug and swing all hotfooted their way across the Pond as we embraced our American cousins’ answer to gloom and strife.
The Flower Power and “make love not war” counter-culture movement of peace-loving hippies in the 1960s was a direct response to the horrors of the Vietnam war. Whether they’re aware of it or not, festivalgoers today are still evoking the same feelings of freedom and community that were set by Woodstock, the mother of all festivals that took place in 1969. It continues to echo half a century later, in current festival fashions.