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A Timeline History of Rave

This is kindly reproduced with the permission of Dene from the now defunct Everythingstartwithe site.    An excellent timeline of the rave scene.   We hope you enjoy............

Note: This is not meant to be a concise rave history just some key dates and facts that we have been able to verify. If there is something you think is wrong or something missing then please contact us. If you can help with dates, info or even flyer scans please send them to us.

1987 (Everything Starts with E)

The Times newspaper reports the first ecstasy seizures in London. The drug, it says "Is used as a sexual stimulant"

Further Years

1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
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January - Steve 'Silk' Hurley has the first House number 1 with "Jack your Body"

Early summer - Trevor Fung & Ian St Paul open a small bar in San Antonio called the Project (named after a club in London Paul was partially running). it acts as a focal point for young British youth's out for a good time on the island. Taking ecstasy and going to open air clubs like Amnesia where DJ's like Alfredo were playing some of the early house imports.

September - Trevor and Ian invite their friend Paul Oakenfold to Ibiza for his birthday. Paul brings with him Johnny Walker, Nicky Holloway and Danny Rampling. Trevor and Ian close the project bar and they spend the rest of the summer back and forth between Amnesia and Cafe Del Mar.

Autumn - The newly converted Ibiza crew return to London and immediately they feel something has changed. "How can they forget what has happened in Ibiza over the summer". Paul starts to open the original Project club 'after hours'. At 2am when the club officially finished they would let the Ibiza crew in and party until 6am. This lasts only a few weeks until the police raid it.

November - Danny Rampling and Jenni open Klub Sch-oom (soon shortened to Shoom) at a fitness centre near Southwark bridge, just south of the Thames in London. Two weeks later Paul Oakenfold holds the first Future in the backroom of the Heaven, a huge club on London's Charing Cross.

Into 1988 & beyond

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