Greetings from England!
My name is [CC] Bio, and I’m going to give you a quick briefing on the gloving scene across the pond.
The United Kingdom plays host to some of the most vibrant clubs in Europe, and it’s easy to imagine an art like gloving taking off in a city with such a healthy EDM scene. Right now, however, I can name less glovers in my country than brands of gluten free beer.
The British gloving scene is growing like hairs on a whelp’s chin, a few more glovers sprout up each year. So in comparison, gloving today in the UK feels more alive than ever.
It used to be just me in London. And, compared to California and most other states who waggle around their Gandalfian face bushes, our scene is still very much non-existent.
I’m not afraid to declare myself the longest standing glover in the UK at just over six years. If there’s anyone who wants to show themselves and prove otherwise, please do. It’s been a lonely time.
I’ve been trying to find more glovers here ever since I can remember. Most that I come across have been while I’m on vacation in the states or in Europe because of work. In the past, I’ve had several different gloving apprentices, but all of them lost interest after a few months. Gloving doesn’t seem to take root here like it does in the states, but why?
^My best estimate of how many glovers there are in England.
The first thing that comes to mind for me is the rave and EDM culture. Rave culture here is totally different than what you would get in the states. I could walk into any EDM event or massive wearing my gloves and security wouldn’t even know what they were. The list of banned items for major events like EDC UK has no mention of gloves anywhere on it.
My second thought is the difference between American and British culture itself. Traditionally the UK is much more reserved. It took me a long time until I was willing to perform in public. Could it be that gloving, which was grafted in America, is less suited for British society? It’s impossible to say without doing thorough research, but it’s not a bad guess when approaching the lack of growth gloving has seen here.
The UK isn’t the easiest place to be a glover. I’ve been heckled in the past when I tried to show people at parties or in public. Someone once asked, “You call that dancing?”
You should know that I would go through any amount of ridicule if it means captivating the imagination of even just one person. The way they gasp and wow always brings me back to when I first saw gloving and how wondrous it seemed.
But because gloving is much harder to pick up in the UK, the few glovers we have are some of the most enthusiastic and passionate you will ever meet. One of our latest milestones, which I was particularly pleased with, was getting two glovers in the same city.
We did it in Manchester!
I imagine there are pockets of glovers dotted around the UK, wondering if there are any others out there.
Before I go, I’d like to throw the spotlight on an up-and-coming UK glover called Waves who takes his biggest inspiration from [PM] Dazed. He likes to flow and wants to make his shows as smooth as possible.
From us to you, cheers!