30 Things you Didn’t Know Until you Started Raving

  1. The music style that’s playing at the first club you go to will be your passion for the rest of your life. So don’t go to an R and B club first. 
  2. Having an airhorn outside a rave is stupid. 3 hours later inside and YOU ARE THE MAN!!!
  3. At some stage you will buy a set of decks or a controller, and probably 100’s of tunes.  This will cost you a fortune, and eventually you will lend them to someone and never see them again.
  4. The first DJ who smiles at you, shakes your hand or poses for a photo with you will be the person you follow around the UK for the next 2 years
  5. You’ll go a bit deaf
  6. You will have the time of your life. It’s all downhill from there
  7. For no apparent reason you will slowly over the course of a few years stop going clubbing and raving.   It will then take you a further few years to realise this was a massive mistake.
  8. You’ll then have a second coming a few years later, but deep down you know it will never be as good.  
  9. You should never stay in on a Friday or Saturday night.
  10. You need to travel. Missions make the experience better. Night out in Newcastle on a Wednesday?  Sign me up.
  11. For each 10/10 night, there will be a 1/10.
  12. For each 8/10 night there will be 5 6/10’s
  13. Lounge house, mellow house etc is background music, and only suitable for bars, nothing else. 
  14. You may like the latest deep house 99% of the time, but come 4am you’ll be the one shouting “harder, faster!!”
  15. Old skool hardcore always sounds brilliant when you are at a club or rave
  16. You now know that your music is better than everyone else’s ever.
  17. Listening to a mix from a night you were at on the tube or bus, gives you the Power of Ra. You are invincible, everyone you can see are mere mortals. You are better than them. 
  18. Your favourite club was always better before you started going to it. 
  19. If talking to a a first timer, your favourite club was always better last week.
  20. Getting a shout out on pirate radio makes you feel 10 feet tall. 
  21. At some stage you will see yourself on a video from a club night. You can’t prepare for this moment. It could go either way.  You could be like an angel dancing on clouds, or like a turbo nutter skidding around on ice.  You cannot influence this.  Go with it.
  22. At some stage you will be able to hear yourself screaming “oooh-ooooh” in the background of a live mix you have got hold of of a night you were at. The chances of this happening are multiplied by 50% if the night is live on the radio.   Be thankful you aren’t screaming out “I wish my Mum was here”
  23. The urge to climb things, speaker stacks, on the bar, other people, can be overwhelming. Embrace it. Being higher is always better.  You are the King of the Club People if you are higher than the rest of them
  24. Getting a coach to an event can be better than the event itself.  Getting a coach back is the lowest point you can ever reach.
  25. Make sure you know how you are getting home.  Trading estates at 6am are fun for 10 minutes tops.
  26. Don’t believe people who say New Years Eve is always rubbish. They aren’t trying hard enough. 
  27. After parties can turn in the blink of an eye. Beware the witching hour.
  28. Never sell your records.  You’ll spend the next 10 years trying to remember what you had and paying over the odds to buy them back again.
  29. Beware a club that is open until 8am. 6am is late enough.  5am is normally the last fun, after that you are chasing it. 
  30. Service stations are always fun. 

Very nice little post here on rave albums

Worth sharing about rave albums



Hopefully at some stage we can add our own thoughts on this, as there are few missing – TTF Dominator for example




Love this – Wonder what they are doing now

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Motorway Madness: ‘ravers take over motorway services’ (i-D, 1991)

Great article from i-D magazine, no. 91, April 1991 about post-club gatherings at Motorway service stations (click on images to enlarge):
‘3 AM, Saturday morning. The M6 is windy, wet and desolate. Its rvice stations offer comfort only to lorry drivers and sleepy executives. For many weeks, however, selected services have paid host to the coffee and communal smoke of hundreds of ravers post club comedown. After the semi legendary Blackburn parties, police continually harassed the convoys criss-crossing Lancashire and beyond. Although parties such as Revenge provided a brief replacement, the next best thing was driving long distance to a club and afterwards passing a few hours chilling at a service station. A network of clubs around the Midlands and Northwest, such as Legends in Warrington, Quadrant Park in Liverpool and Oz in Blackpool now provide the excitement and camaraderie of the raves of 1989 and 1990. Each club generates its own Service station mayhem; favourites including Burtonwood (M62), Charnock Richard (M6) and Anderton (M 61).
The usual M6 choice, Knutsford (with its commanding views of all six lanes from the cafe) has tonight been cordoned off by the police (the “dibble“) and so the hordes head south to Sandbach. Most are returning from Shelley’s Laserdome in Stoke. As the cafeteria fills up and the ghetto blasters rev up, the staff and the casual callers look bewildered, probably by the size of the bubble jackets as much as the weight of numbers.
In the jungle humidity of the club’s, the ubiquitous baggy T-shirt is the only garment which prevents fainting, but in the chillier atmosphere of the services, mountaineering gear and sportswear reign. The clothes are from Chipie, Gio Goi, Soviet and still Joe Bloggs; favourite jackets and thick, fleecy tops come from Tog 24 and Berghaus. The bobble hat, once the preserve of train spotters, is now sported  with pride and appears in a vast range of bobbles, colours and ear-flaps…
A similar situation goes off on Sunday morning at Charnock Richard. 300 cars, each full, descend on the service area. This has been happening since the north-west after hours raves diminished last autumn. However by Christmas the management and police got wise to the game and started shutting the coffee bar, leaving the car park as the congregation area…’
‘Phoebe 16, music journalist from Derby, clothes from Stussy and Guy’s in Derby. Maddest thing you’ve ever done? ‘Had the best night of my life at Shelleys and then got stuck in Stoke’