Mark Archer – All Night Long (Review & Interview)

Mark Archer – All Night Long (Review & Interview)

On the 21st April, and already a third of the way through his 30 Year Anniversary Tour, Mark Archer gave a very special performance at the Five Miles club in North London… Mark Archer – All Night Long, an all night DJ set incorporating a live Altern-8 PA. That evening Archer was responsible for taking… Continue Reading

Rave Diaries & Tower Block Tales – Uncle Dugs (Book Review)

Rave Diaries & Tower Block Tales – Uncle Dugs (Book Review)

Simply put “Rave Diaries & Tower Block Tales” is the story of a man with rave music running in his veins. If you grew up outside of London you might be forgiven for not knowing the name “Uncle Dugs” until more recent years, but don’t be fooled… Through his work on pirate radio, particularly Conflict,… Continue Reading

The Rave Story 2018 (Event Review)

The Rave Story 2018 (Event Review)

Now in it’s third consecutive year The Rave Story 2018 set up home last week in Club Aquarium, once again bringing rave fans together from across the country. For those not familiar with the format The Rave Story is a three-day celebration of old skool and jungle culture encompassing rave-inspired art and photography (both Pez… Continue Reading

Big, Bad & Heavy – Jumpin Jack Frost (Book Review)

Big, Bad & Heavy – Jumpin Jack Frost (Book Review)

There must be hundreds of untold stories from the early days of rave. It was a time when innovation and hedonism collided, producing something truly great – today’s huge dance culture has it’s roots in the events of those early years. DJ’s, MC’s, promoters and punters, all with their own untapped memories of a burgeoning… Continue Reading

The Rave Story Seminars 2016/2017 (Review)

The Rave Story Seminars 2016/2017 (Review)

In February 2016 the old skool rave scene witnessed a true first – a three day art gallery, pop-up record shop and series of seminars. If ever anyone needed proof of the legitimacy of the rave scene and it’s historical significance then surely this was it. For three consecutive days Club Aquarius celebrated the cultural… Continue Reading

Lazy Sunday Festival 2017 (Event Review)

Lazy Sunday Festival 2017 (Event Review)

When I first learned of the Lazy Sunday Festival I was told it was held in a large beer garden behind a pub in the beautiful rural village of Stotfold, and while that might be technically true it’s also very much misleading… Billed as an “old skool and jungle family all-dayer”, the Lazy Sunday Festival… Continue Reading

The Love Dove Generation – Billy “Daniel” Bunter (Book Review)

The Love Dove Generation – Billy “Daniel” Bunter (Book Review)

In recent times, Billy “Daniel” Bunter has been responsible for giving a number of rave pioneers the opportunity to tell their story. Titles such as Mark Archer’s “The Man Behind the Mask”, Uncle Dugs’ “Rave Diaries and Tower Block Tales” and Jumpin Jack Frost’s “Big, Bad & Heavy” have given an insight into the early… Continue Reading

Full-On Mask Hysteria (Remastered Edition) – Altern 8 (Album Review)

Full-On Mask Hysteria (Remastered Edition) – Altern 8 (Album Review)

In October 2016, to mark the 25th anniversary of their klaxon and sample driven debut, Altern 8 released a deluxe remastered edition of the seminal “Full On Mask Hysteria” in both vinyl and digital formats. Featuring all the tracks of the original plus exclusive new remixes and the excellent 2 Bad Mice remix of “Everybody”,… Continue Reading

88 to 94 – Billy “Daniel” Bunter & Sanxion (Album Review)

88 to 94 – Billy “Daniel” Bunter & Sanxion (Album Review)

Since 2015 Billy “Daniel” Bunter has been documenting the early days of rave through his successful run of books published on his Music Mondays imprint. In December last year, alongside fellow producer Sanxion, we were treated to the musical equivalent – buckle up for an aural history of rave music… “88 to 94” is a… Continue Reading

(co)LabRats – RatPack (Album Review)

(co)LabRats – RatPack (Album Review)

Way back in October 2016 I first became aware of a forthcoming album from UK rave pioneers Ratpack. Billy “Daniel” Bunter dropped one of the new tracks in a Music Mondays session on Kool FM and from what I’d heard I definitely wanted more. And so I waited… and waited. And in the new year… Continue Reading