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Londoners rave their way into the day

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 01:45

Oct. 18 - Early morning dance parties are proving popular with London's city workers, offering fruit smoothies and massages in place of alcohol for those who want to de-stress before a hard day in the office. Hayley Platt reports.

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It's 7 o'clock and the party's just starting. But this is no ordinary rave - they serve fruit smoothies instead of alcohol, and once it finishes everyone goes to work. This is Morning Glory, a very early, midweek rave which is proving a hit with London's stressed city workers. SOUNDBITE: Annie, regular raver, saying (English): "I just love the energy in here, it's so different then at a night club. When I'm dancing down there, I'm like my whole body is moving, I'm sweating, it's a bit like a class at the gym." SOUNDBITE: Alice, regular raver, saying (English): "I came right from the start when everyone thought the idea was bonkers and it was such a massive success." For the less energetic, there's yoga and a massage station. Events organiser Samantha Moyo and dancer Nico Theommes came up the idea. SOUNDBITE: Nico Theommes, co-founder of Morning Glory, saying (English): "We believe there are very few places in the world which couldn't do with a Morning Glory and our intention is to bring it to everywhere." The raves only started in May but they now pull in crowds of more than 400. Sam says it gives them the boost they need to get through a tough day in the office. SOUNDBITE: Samantha Mayo, co-founder of Morning Glory, saying (English): "It seems to have real impact on people. People who've been to the events say they feel slightly changed or shifted and inspired and energised." A new survey has just revealed that only two thirds of British workers are satisfied with their current employer. They're also among the unhappiest in Europe and that has a direct impact on productivity. Exercise and relaxation is a well-known cure. Morning Glory might be just what the doctor ordered.

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Londoners rave their way into the day

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 01:45