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Jan 28th - RiP move to "The Dungeons" at Leabridge Road, Leytonstone.

Feb 25th - Biology hold their first party in fashion a film studio in Battersea.

Labrynth hold a party in a disused warehouse at Silverton Way, Canning Town. An East-end gang try to take over the security but Joe refuses them. This leads to 3 men sneaking into the warehouse and attacking people with machete's. Joe is threatened at gun point and decided to get out of the warehouse game. Labrynth move to a licensed venue, The Four Aces Club in Dalton.

The scene takes a new direction as the parties move from inner city clubs and warehouses to the countryside. Soon there are Sunrise, Biology (Jarvis Sandy), Energy (Quintin "TinTin" Chambers & Jeremy Taylor), Back to the Future (Dave Roberts, also a partner in Sunrise), Weekend World & World Dance (Anton Le Pirate). All competing to be bigger and better than the last.

They all hold some immense illegal parties with 1000's of Kwatts of sound, lasers & fun fairs attended by sometimes tens of thousands people cladded out in Baggy tops, smileys, bandanas & kickers. Acid House becomes a phrase reserved for the newspapers as the parties themselves begin to be called Rave's. The term Raver is born :o)

The location of these events was a closely guarded secret up until an hour or so before the start. Meeting points would be made available through flyers and pirate radio stations (Sunrise, Centre Force, Fantasy). Mobile phones were still widely regarded as Yuppy toys but thanks to BT's messaging service they became an ideal way to co-ordinate people to different meeting points (Motorway service stations usually) and eventually the venue itself. It generally turned into a game of "follow the car in front" until you find a party. By keeping the venue secret like this they could get everyone on the move heading for the party or in the wrong direction if needed. The police have no option but to follow. So the end effect is that 1000's of people can descend on one location in a matter of minutes. Once a party's goes past a certain size there is, in reality very little the police can do.

Breakbeats start to appear in rave tunes. East end Hip Hop due, Shut Up & Dance are surprised by their 5,6,7,8 single becoming an anthem as they have never been to a rave.

Tommy Smith and Tony Creft start holding illegal warehouse parties around Blackburn  

April 29th – Back to the future, finding that their lined up venue has been discovered end up holding a party in a cattle silo, still half full of animal feed!

May 1st - Centre Force becomes the first 24/7 pirate acid house station. The station is set up with help from Andy Swallow and other people connected to Echo's. Police 'intelligence' and general rumours suggest that Centreforce (like Echo's) is run by the ICF. "There were a lot of myths going round that we were involved in taking peoples doors, taking over the clubs demanding 25% and all that. Well, I don't know where the money went because I never saw any." - Andy Swallow

May 20th - Sunrise 5000:Once in a blue moon held in aircraft hanger at Santa Pod race track. On arriving at the site in the early evening to set up, Sunrise find there is no electricity and no toilets. Their only option is to take a big risk with a diesel generator running dodgy wiring next to a pile of old newsprint.

May 27th– Energy hold their first major party, located in Westway film studios Featuring 5 rooms, 12 dj's and a level of production not seen before including one room done out as Greek temple and the other like the film Bladerunner..

Summer (date/flyers anyone?) -Anthony & Chris Donnelly stage Joy at Stand Lees Farm, Rochdale.

June 7th - The Sun Runs the front page headline "Spaced Out!" alongside a photo from the Sunrise party.

10th June – Biology hold a party in a field near Elstree Studios, London.

16th -18th June - Hypnosis set up the first dance tent in on of the car parks at Glastonbury.

June 24th – Sunrise’s Midsummer Nights Dream at White Waltham airstrip, Berkshire is attended by over 11000 people. The Sun newspaper runs the headline “Ecstacy Airport”. Other reports involve “youngsters so drugged up they ripped the heads of pigeons!” & “at the end of the night the floor was covered in empty ecstacy wrappers”, unsurprisingly, both are untrue, the empty wrappers are actually pieces of silver foil that fell from the ceiling – dead pigeons nowhere to be seen.

1st July - 2nd Energy party held at Membury, Berkshire. Police Seal off 20 miles of the M4. On the same weekend Biology find venue after venue failing and after leading cars up motorways and country lanes all night end in a club in Birmingham at 8am.

22nd July – Energy in a Warehouse behind Heston Services. Over 1000 police seal off the entire area but ravers simply park their cars on the hard shoulder of the motorway and run across 6 lanes. Enough gain access to the party and the police let it go on.

The size of these parties increases rapidly, starting to cause national panic by the end of the summer. With tabloid reports of over 20,000 at one Sunrise event, and convoys of "crazed teenagers" tearing up and down motorways across the country, something needed to be done (hehe) Chief Superintendent Ken Tappenden sets up the polices Pay Party Unit. Information is gathered about organizers etc and entered onto the HOLMES database. 

16 year old Clair Leighton dies after taking an E at the Hacienda in Manchester.

August (date/flyers anyone?) - Live the Dream, Blackburn

Aug 12th - Future Dance Music Festival held by Sunrise & Back to the Future near the village of Longwick, Buckinghamshire. 17000 tickets sold.

Aug 19th - World Dance hold their first event near Junction 6 of the M25. Over 8000 people in attendance.

August - With the police monitoring info lines and posing as Ravers to find venues before the convoys, Energy put out on their information lines that the first 5000 to arrive at their Summer Festival will get in free. Within a few hours there are over 20000 people dancing in a Surry field.

Sept 9th - Genesis crack a huge warehouse in east London. The venue could hold up to 10000 people and with a 60 foot high ceiling there was room for fairground rides! Biology also plan a party for the same night so Genesis' publicity goes into overdrive, 3 different sets of flyers and a sticker campaign eventually see Genesis tickets outselling Biology's. At 6pm the police arrest the lighting crew. Then as Wayne Anthony and his crew approach the venue they see police everywhere and the man with the fairground rides surrounded by police officers. With no other option Genesis team up with Biology. Genesis info lines start to give out directions to the Biology party held in Meopham, Kent.

Sept 16th - Raindance hold the first fully licensed all night dance event at Jenkins Lane, Barking on the London/Essex borders. 8000+ people in attendance.

Sept 22rd - Energy have the venue for their Dance89 event discovered by police helicopter 2 hours before its due to start. They end up illegally occupying a hanger at Raydon Airfield, Essex. Jeremy Taylor arrested is for causing a public nuisance.

Sept 30th – Helterskelter hold their first party and manage to get 5000+ people in a muddy ploughed field near Banbury, Oxfordshire. The KLF demand to be paid for their live set in Scottish pound notes. They write "children we love you" on them and throw them into the crowd. Maybe as a practice for the more famous burning of £million a few years later.

Sept 30th – Police try to raid a Phantasy party near Reigate, but are beaten back by ‘Strikeforce’ security with CS gas and dogs in full view of TV news crews.

Oct 21st - Biology try to hold a party at Guildford. With a massive line up which is to included Public Enemy to play live! A massive police operation stops the party. Police estimate there are 30,000 people in surrounding area trying to get to the party which was totally sealed off. Public Enemy are arrested and held at Heathrow.

Centre Force radio is raided and their DJ's arrested. On the same night their Echo's club is also raided.

Egged on by tabloid front pages like "Acid peril of Drug Kids" & "Drugs & Gun haul at Acid Party", Tory MP Graham Bright pushes the "Entertainments (Increased Penalties) Act" through parliament and the police's 'pay party unit' hunt down the organisers.

November - Pandemonium do their last illegal event, held in a Church on Lime Street, Telford. The surrounding ring road is totally blocked and Paul Archer & Paul Dawks are banned from holding another event for 12 months.

Konspiracy opened in Manchester by Chris Nelson.

December - At Whitebirk, Blackburn a police car is set alight during battles with police trying to stop ravers entering the party,

New Years Eve - Sunrise Plan an end of the decade party and for the first time print the venue on the flyer. With only hours to go until the start time the landowner gives in to police pressure and calls it off. The back up venue in Norfolk is the injuncted by the local council. At around 11pm the Sunrise message lines direct the remaining ravers to head for Heston Services on the M4, then from there they are directed to the National Panasonic building in Slough where Sunrise had negotiated with Biology and Genesis to join their party.

Into 1990 & beyond


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January to April - Genesis / Sunset parties. "The Fight Goes On", "Against All Odds", "Hedonism" & "Strength to Strength".

Inspired by what he had see at RiP, Joe Wieczorek starts holding illegal warehouse parties in various east end locations (Shacklewell Lane, Essex Road, Homerton & Ferry Lane to name a few). Labrynth is Born.

Around the same time, Andy Swallow and Tony Wilson having fashion model meal plan already run a successful after-hours club at Mile End, Hackney, starts Echo's in a small club at the foot of Bow flyover, East London. Friday's are Tony Wilson's "Adrenaline" while Saturdays sees Andy Swallow's "Pasha". With links to ICF (West Ham United's football hooligans) the club soon becomes a notorious gangland venue.


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