The Early Foundations of Rave Parties 1988 – 1990
Where were you in 1988? Generally they call them raves but veterans call it Acid House. The beginnings of a global movement rippled from Chicago to Europe. In the UK, House Music and Acid House took grip of the nation. Warehouse parties sprung up everywhere and a newly discovered love drug was the flavour of choice. The Second Summer of Love birthed a generation of loved-up party aficionados. Condemned by the government and media, who declared war against youth culture.
Party promoters were tasked with setting up large scale dance parties for thousands of people. A huge force was out to stop the parties at all costs. Ravers stood alone as media outlets depict them as lost kids on illicit drugs. Promoters were deemed kingpins as the full force of the law came down on their shoulders. As the world draws closer to war, the people of the United Kingdom are forming lifelong memories in warehouses, film studios and country fields.
The Eighty Eight Podcast is hosted by one such promoter. Hunted by law enforcement, national media outlets and organised criminals. Wayne Anthony was one of a small handful of promoters that produced some of the biggest Acid House parties in British history. Invited guests share fond memories of organising illegal parties in the UK. DJ’s remember getting to these secret parties and playing for electrified crowds.