Renting an Airbnb and trying to throw a rave in it is either a very good idea, or a very, very bad idea. Some opportunistic punter rented a flat via the popular home-sharing app whilst in North London last week with the intention of throwing a full-on rave in the flat, unbeknownst to the owner. The craziest part is, they nearly pulled it off!
According to local newspaper The Islington Gazzette, the party attracted over 200 people to the one-bedroom Canonbury flat, with a full lineup of DJs, a bouncer manning the door, and a professional sound rig brought in to blare out the beats at maximum volume. These cheeky would-be promoters even charged for tickets!
The crowd spilled into the street as the party raged until 6AM. As you'd imagine, some neighbors were not amused. “It was like a football crowd,” said a man who lives next door with his pregnant wife. “It was the worst night ever. I could hear the music louder than if I was playing it in my own living room."
This is the exact Canonbury flat where the rager went down...
Local town council members came to try to break the event up, but found their pleadings to be unsuccessful. Then the police arrived at 3AM, but due to the size of the crowd, decided to wait for backup to even begin trying to disperse the impromptu revelers. It took until 5AM for people to leave!
“It sounded like Fabric was upstairs,” said another neighbor. “It was just the constant bass thud." The owner of the flat, who was out of the country, said “he felt terrible and couldn’t do anything.” There has been no official comment from the party promoters, who have gotten away with perhaps the most brazen excuse for location scouting to ever result in a club event.
Remarkably, despite all the bad vibes from neighbors and law enforcement, there was no cause for arrests, despite the intensity of the party. A spokesperson from Airbnb, however, was not as magnanimous: “We have zero tolerance for this kind of behaviour. We are supporting the host and have removed the guest from Airbnb...There have been over 160 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings and negative incidents like this are incredibly rare.”
Whatever, man. We'd love to meet whoever conjured up such a reckless idea so maybe we can finagle our way onto the guestlist for their next illicit house party!