Like Miko says, > Often the 'venue' has been 'created' by enterprising folks renting a >dance studio, gallery or some other type of space because there's no real clubs booking this kind of stuff. I'm very grateful that internet gatherings like LD allow us to collectively work the logistics of this stuff out. I fear without the internet, we'd be working in the dark, so to speak.< In the UK the DJ is one aspect - I've noticed online via newsgroups for instance that there are groups of mutual friends that set up the party situation, as well as the DJs / Lights / etc - and everyone pays £5 to chip in. End result, they rent a place configured for dancing and fun, close the place off once everyone's arrived, and (as they say here) 'ave at it'. Internet indeed is the place where communications take place to arrange everything but the venue, including the invitations. These are private parties, and the photos online look like they're having a great time: http://www.sandstormpromotions.co.uk/partypics/ Stephen Goodman http://www.earthlight.net/Gallery_Front.html - Cartoons & Illustrations http://www.earthlight.net/Studios * The free Loop of the Week! http://www.live365.com/stations/218194 * EarthLight Online / Live!