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The history of Spiral Tribe, the UK’s most notorious travelling sound system

Spiral Tribe were ‘90s Britain’s hardest hardcore techno crew –  a travelling party troupe of anti-authoritarian acid-adventurers, and a scourge of the establishment. With co-founder Mark Harrison in the midst of writing a book on their story, and PRSPCT Recordings recently releasing a collection of classic cuts from live Tribe duo R-Zac, Harold Heath dives into their history, legacy and vow to 'Never Stop'

In the 1970s, a teenage Mark Harrison and his younger brother would hitch-hike to free festivals, the country-wide network of large-scale, outdoor music events which...

Castlemorton 1992: photographing the Illegal rave that changed UK dance music forever

2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the biggest and the most infamous illegal rave that ever took place: Castlemorton – a week-long, 20,000-person party deemed so anarchistic that it shook Middle England to its core. Here, photographer Alan Lodge tells his story of capturing a week changed UK dance music forever

It started on a particularly sunny bank holiday weekend, on the 22nd May 1992. A ramshackle convoy of vehicles, which served as the rag-tag homes...

This exhibition celebrates Valencia’s early ‘90s rave scene

A new exhibition capturing the vibrant visual identity of Valencia’s early ‘90s rave scene, la ruta del bakalao, is currently open.


Held at the region's Institut Valencià d'Art...

Images from Ibiza

In the '90s, there was nowhere to party like Ibiza , and there was nowhere wilder in Ibiza than Manumission. The hedonistic, sex-fueled party took place in some of The White Isle's most famous clubs, as well as its own Motel venue, with punters and DJs alike frequently spending days on end revelling in its debauched atmosphere. A new book written by its co-founder Claire Davies captures Manumission's ecstatic spirit. Here, Simon Doherty speaks to her about some of her favourite images from that time

In the 1990s, Manumission was the wildest party in Ibiza. First held at Coco Loco Bar, the gay epicentre of KU club — which...

DIY Collective

A new book celebrating the history of '90s UK rave sound system, DiY Collective, is set to be published in March.


Dreaming in Yellow...

Three decades of Trade: celebrating 30 years of boundary breaking LGBTQ+ raving

The fierce LGBTQ+ party Trade was the UK’s first legal after-hours club event, opening at 3am and closing at 9am. It laid the groundwork for a new on-and-on party culture, while its sexual and gender diversity was a forerunner for today’s queer club scene. As it celebrates its 30th anniversary, and prepares for its 24-hour birthday party at Egg London, Joe Roberts speaks to some of its regular DJs, designers and founder Laurence Malice about Trade's boundary-breaking legacy

It’s Sunday afternoon, 16th March 2008, and the dancefloor of Turnmills is packed with dancers in varying states of undress. Watching over them, grinning maniacally...

The event will take place in a yet-to-be-revealed location this May

A new festival celebrating dance music from the ‘90s and ‘00s will take place in Manchester this summer. 

Flashback Festival, organised by Dance Generation...

Photographer Stuart Linden Rhodes, known mononymously Linden, spent the ‘90s capturing the queer clubbing scene in the north of England on his camera. Now his...

Throughout the 1990s, Stuart Linden Rhodes was a teacher by day and a writer and photographer covering the north’s gay clubbing scene at night. In...

Inspired by jungle legends, the prominent journalist was a regular DJ throughout the ‘90s

BBC News presenter Ros Atkins has shared a drum & bass DJ mix for BBC 6 Music’s Desert Island Disco All-Dayer. 

The journalist, who presents...

Tony Davis’ visceral photography doesn’t just capture what the UK’s early ‘90s rave culture looked like, it also manages to conjure up what it felt...

Photographer Tony Davis’ adult life has been dedicated to chronicling culture surrounding Northern Soul all-nighters, football terraces, football casuals, free party collectives and acid house...

Electronic music's subcultures have been documented by a host of photographers and archivists in the last four decades, and some excellent photobooks have been released...

During the 1980s, renowned photographer, broadcaster and DJ Normski was immersed in London’s hip-hop culture, his lense capturing a critical moment before the genre went...

Raves and Riots is an exhibition of Vinca Petersen’s work, currently showing at the Edel Assanti gallery in central London. Bringing together a collection of...

“I left home at 17 and moved into a squat in London,” Vinca Petersen tells DJ Mag during a private view of Raves and Riots...

The podcast’s first episode features an in-depth interview with Fabio & Grooverider

A new podcast delving into the history of ‘90s UK rave culture has launched. 

R.O.A.R: The '90s Rave Podcast is hosted by journalist Tom Latchem...

Celebrating Blackburn’s legendary acid house rave scene of the late '80s and early '90s

The new online archive celebrating Blackburn’s acid house rave scene of the late '80s and early '90s that we reported on last week (16th April)...

FLASHBACK celebrates the legendary acid house raves of the late '80s and early '90s

A new online archive will celebrate Blackburn’s acid house rave scene of the late '80s / early '90s.

FLASHBACK is a new online archive comprising...