Europe woke up to a shock today with the news that Thursday’s referendum in the UK, to decide the country’s future within the European Union, had delivered a surprise result of “leave,” with voters deciding by a margin of 52–48 percentage points to exit the union after nearly 50 years.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to step down “within months” in light of the results, and markets have reacted in shock, with the country’s currency plunging to its lowest level in over 30 years, with £120 billion wiped off its stock market. On top of this, though, it’s triggered a huge amount of existential angst among the European dance community.



Veteran UK dance publication DJ Mag pointed out during the lead-up to the referendum the many ways that European dance culture at large has benefitted from the EU.

“With the freedom of movement within the EU, both DJs and music fans have benefitted immeasurably from the ability to just pop on a plane and be in Berghain [in Berlin] or Space [Ibiza] in just a few hours.”

“Ours is a scene without borders and barriers, so to potentially see a division between UK and Europe seems crazy,” Ed Jenkins from the Volume Group management company told DJ Mag.

In spite of this, the UK has decided to exit the EU, and the continent’s DJ/producer community is currently in meltdown. Here’s a taste of some of the responses lighting up Twitter today:

Didn”t see that coming

A photo posted by Paul Oakenfold (@pauloakenfold) on Jun 24, 2016 at 5:02am PDT


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