Celebrating Old Skool Music, Culture and Legacy
A new documentary series on Sky Arts is due to arrive on our screens in a matter of weeks telling the story of rave culture from it’s humble beginnings to the global market it has now become.
The weekly series entitled The Agony & The Ecstasy will be split into three parts (with a bonus special show) and will premiere at 9pm on Friday August 11th. Presented by Norman Jay, Goldie, Paul Oakenfold and Dave Pearce, the series will trace the origins of house music from Chicago to the UK, reflecting on the social and cultural impact of an unprecedented youth movement.
Goldie, one of the series’ presenters, told Mixmag: “this series is huge, no one has ever explored dance music in such depth. Most of the key players from the scene are in this documentary, telling their stories from the rave movement and how it came to change music and youth culture over the last 30 odd years. It’s such an important time to get this documentary out there. Britain is the birthplace of Rave culture, and as dance music continues to grow as a global phenomenon why are we struggling to keep it alive here at home?”
The series will feature interviews with Sasha, Phil Hartnoll, Annie Mac, James Lavelle, Sasha and Orbital, and the founders of Cream and Ministry of Sound. Executive producer Debby Lee, who was a founding member of iconic club venues Bagley’s and Pacha, said: “This is a show I have wanted to make for a long time, as it is so rich in storytelling and has such wide appeal to many generations of music fans and party people.”
You can receive updates on the series by following the official Facebook page.
The Agony & The Ecstasy will premiere on Sky Arts at 9pm on Friday August 11th.