Necessity Still Breeds Ingenuity - Archive of SQUALL MAGAZINE 1992-2006
Exodus Collective
Photo: Ian Hunter

Exodus Collective

Exodus was a community collective that started in 1992 as a free party sound system in the Bedfordshire area, and went on to squat properties and engage in housing, community farming and other social projects, in the face of police repression and legal/bureaucratic obstacles. Squall closely followed their progress for over a decade.

Introducing Exodus

- The Battles, The Raves, The Regeneration...
A six-part in-depth look at the Exodus Collective, Luton, which first appeared in Squall 8, Autumn 1994. Articles by Jim Carey

The Jewel In The Mud Award
- This issue's selected media gem, featuring positive commentary from one Guardian journalist about the Exodus Collective - Squall 6, Spring 1994.

The Pharaoh's Men Drowning Again
Tthe latest underhand political manoeuvring designed to halt Exodus and smother the public enquiry - Squall 9, Jan/Feb 1995.

Exodus - Keep up the Momentum
New political twists, turns and dances with the Exodus Collective - Squall 10, Summer 1995.

Actors Of Parliament
Starring Sir Graham Bright MP and Exodus - Squall 10, Summer 1995.

To Rave Or To Riot?
How the Luton riots were quelled by dance - Jim Carey finds a different way of expressing dissent with the Exodus Collective - Squall 11, Autumn 1995.

The Lutonites and the Planners of Babylon
The Exodus Collective’s latest proposals have pitched them against those who hold the local planning reigns - exposures follow - Squall 11, Autumn 1995.

The Lutonites and the Plotters of Babylon
The latest state of play in the Exodus Collective’s long and eventful march towards justice - Squall 11, Autumn 1995.

Exodus Under Fire
Multiple arson attacks on Exodus and police inaction to find cuprits - Squall 13 - Summer 1996.

Exodus Dread Cleared Of All Charges - core member of Exodus cleared of all charges court following bogus murder charge - Squall 14, Autumn 1996.

Exodus In Zurich
Exodus invited to one-week cultural event - Squall 14, Autumn 1996.

Exodus Defend Community Farm
Police raid Long Meadow Community Farm while Exodus are in Zurich - Squall 14, Autumn 1996.

Building Bridges
A report written by a Church of England lay minister is positively candid in its appraisal of the Exodus Collective - Squall 15, Summer 1997.

Wh’appen With The Exodus Collective?
Squall has the update from the massive but passive Luton Collective who’s battles to offer alternatives to ‘Misspent Youth’ rage on - Squall 15, Summer 1997.

Beds. Police On The Rocks
Exodus Mum wins back licence - 1999

Amplification & Confrontation
Massive police operation against Exodus sound system - 1999

Exodus In Talks With Bedfordshire Landowner
Lord Howland, son of aristocrat landowner the Marquess of Tavistock, negotiates with Exodus about future events on their vast Bedfordshire estate - Squall Download 1, Oct/Nov-1999

Half Steppers Sayeed Step With Doorstep
Exodus Collective defeat last minute attempt to evict farm - Squall Download 2, Dec-1999/Jan-2000

Brotherhood With Alms Bashed By Brothers With Psalms
Bedfordshire Freemasons publicly embarrassed by the Exodus Collective - 07-Mar-2000

Expensive Briefs Are Pants! Says Exodus
Exodus Collective successfully defend themselves against attempts by council to extract money from them following millenium party - 06-Apr-2000

A New Deal Down On The Farm?
A multi-ethnic housing estate, on which many of Exodus Collective of Luton were born and live, is coming together in a New Deal for Communities bid - Spring-2000

Praise From The Lord!
Lord Andrew Howland, the Marquess of Tavistock's son and estate manager, decided to enter into negotiations with Exodus - May-2000

Legal High Boosts Exodus Spirit 
Exodus Collective successfully negotiate with police and landowner to hold legal raves - 15-Jun-2000

Legal But Late
Exodus Collective's 'Free The Spirit Festival' has date moved to October - 14-Aug-2000

From The Ashes..... The Spirit Of Free Festivals Arises
Free The Spirit Festival by Exodus Collective reignites the free festival spirit - Sept-2000

Legal And Great
Success for Exodus Collective as they hold their first legal outdoor rave - 07-Mar-2002

Resident Revolution
Radical inner-city regeneration in Luton - 23-Apr-2002

What Ever Happened To The Exodus Collective? Part One
Interview with former spokesman Glenn Jenkins - 11-Feb-2003


External Links
Exodus: Parties With A Purpose - Coverage of Exodus Collective by Traveller/Festival stalwart and photographer Tash.