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Rave, Hardcore, Old Skool & House scene

Fantazia is just a part of a huge dance scene covering 20+ years & many musical styles, from Hardcore to Drum n Bass, House to Techno.   It is open to discussion as to when this all started in the UK, generally speaking around 1987/88 Acid House was born and grew up into  Clubs like the Hacienda, Heaven, Shoom & Hedonism, from there the rave scene flourished with initial illegal raves and later licensed raves like Fantazia

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Rave New World dissertationAcid House/Rave
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The Rave Game
History of acid house and rave eventsThe news presses attitude to ravesArticle on fashion & clubwear & ravingRave Culture and raves commercialisationAcid House music's evolution over time Partied, now play the game. Pictures
Rave Books we recommendWhat Sort of Raver
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Rave Jargon
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Raver  Manifesto  Peace Love Unity RespectClass of 88
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Origins of the
Smiley Face
Books written about the rave sceneOur guide to different types of ravers.  PollA collection of rave & house termsMantra describing the rave code & ethicsGenesis illegal rave Parties Book (PDF)Article on the history of the Smiley Face
Visual Energy - Flyer Design and its Relationship with Acid House - Simon Parkin
Theatre / Film &
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Ecstasy & RavingHow to organise an illegal acid house partyThe Rise of Drum and Bass CultureVisual Energy Rave Flyers & Acid HouseWhat is a Rave or Free Party. Worldwide info
Article about Raves impact on TV/FilmLook at MDMA / Ecstasy & Acid HouseOrganise your own illegal rave (PDF) Drum and Bass scene and it developmentAcid House scene and rave flyers impactLook at rave
around the world
Article on Rave
Tapepack Collecting
What is a Rave? FAQ
For the USA Scene
Clubwear & Street Fashion ArticlesRaving is Cool Again newspaper Article  
Insight into what rave tapes mean to old raversinfo on the USA rave scene with many questions answeredOur look at current and past Fashion trends from the club scene2007 Article about how the rave scene became cool again  

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At the height of the Acid House boom, musician Dancin' Danny D released a record under the guise of D-Mob entitled "We Call It Acideed".  When it got television coverage on Top Of The Pops, parents jammed the switchboard with furious complaints about the word "Acieed" - meaning Acid / LSD.  This led producer Brian Whitehouse to ban any record with such a word in it from being played on the show.  The TV censorship of this type of House music was  then followed by a radio ban.  Naturally, the tabloid press followed suit, and added to the media panic by implying rave culture was all about drugs.  Their intention may have been to destroy this growing scene for the good they thought they were doing, but in fact, all they really did was add fuel to the fire:  each time they associated it with drugs, the more the scene grew and grew into large scale rave events like Biology, Energy and Sunrise.

We will be adding new sections as soon as we can.   But there is lots of information to look at anyway.   If you can help with flyers, articles, reviews etc we would love to receive them........



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