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Reply RaveReunited
5:04 AM on April 10, 2017 

Reply dave common
12:49 PM on March 2, 2017 

old skool rave hardcore hardstyle

Reply dave common
12:44 PM on March 2, 2017 

rave heaven i am a raver keeping the rave alive

Reply RaveReunited
4:21 PM on February 6, 2017 

hey thank you for loving the site. keep on raving !!! xxx 

Reply Joe
11:54 AM on July 26, 2016 

Just found this site. Love it!

I was raving in the UK scene in Essex/London/Kent from 93 onwards. Missed the early acid house years but made up for it at raves and free parties after that!

That era was the best time of my life and I look back equally fondly and also with a tear in my eye, sad that it's over. So much love, happiness and wasted memories dancing the night away again and again. Amazing.

I was mostly into hardcore, dark d&b, Detroit techno, some house but also liked a lot of the chilled stuff too.

There's far too many favourite tunes of mine to list here but some that stand out are Valley of Shadows just because I had an amazing moment to it looking down a tunnel of green lazers just as the "help I'm in a long dark tunnel" sample played out and I was totally nutted! :)

Also Conception Vessel by Steve Mason just because it fukin rocks (I almost come up just listening to it even today lol), most stuff by the house crew, omni trio etc but really I probably couldn't even choose a top 100 there's so many great tunes out there!

Big love to all of you who were there, maybe our paths even crossed! Big love also to Danny Donnelly for Boogie Times/Sub Base in Romford, Oscars nighclub for having the best dancefloor (it bounced!) and all the clubs, parties, raves and events that have come and gone since like Bagleys, The End, Turnmills, The Cross, Club UK to name a few. 

Rave on ;)

Reply RaveReunited
4:39 AM on March 10, 2015 

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Reply jr
8:26 PM on April 22, 2014 

wow those jaw grinding weekends of 89

Astoria, warehouse and field alike-big hello to all-especially those who travelled on the bookie bus from witham

may those expansive days return

Reply John
9:06 AM on April 3, 2014 

Remember 89...what a year that was...sunrise energy etc...also loved sin at the Astoria....

Reply david common
11:35 AM on February 6, 2014 

:) rave heaven i am a raver eat sleep dave the rave repeat i am a old skool hardcore hardstyle dave the rave no1raver northeast legend

Reply RaveReunited
6:21 AM on January 21, 2014 

Tony Colston-Hayter: the acid house fraudster http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/15/tony-colston-hayter-acid-house-fraud-barclays

Tony Colston-Hayter first achieved tabloid infamy as the Mr Big of illegal rave. Now he has pleaded guilty to masterminding the hi-tech theft of £1.3m from Barclays

Tony Colston-Hayter

Tony Colston-Hayter in his heyday as the organiser of illegal raves such as Sunrise. Photograph: Alex Lentati/Associated News/REX

The first time Tony Colston-Hayter made the headlines, in the autumn of 1988, he was the 22-year-old rave promoter dubbed "The acid house king", accused of luring Britain's youth into "an evil night of ecstasy". Twenty-six years later, he is in the news for a scam that makes unlicensed raves look like apple-scrumping. This week he pleaded guilty to being the mastermind of a gang who siphoned £1.3m from Barclays by hacking into bank computers. He also stole the bank cards of 24,000 customers, which he used to purchase luxury goods at Harrods and Selfridges.

 

Colston-Hayter is a curious figure in the history of dance music. He was only significant for 18 months but during that time he relocated acid house from underground clubs to massive open-air raves and, by forcing the government's hand, put Britain on the road to becoming a 24-hour society. The subsequent clashes between the free-party movement and the authorities, culminating in the unsuccessful 1994 campaign against the Criminal Justice bill, framed rave as an idealistic countercultural force demonised by politicians and newspapers. But Colston-Hayter was a pioneer who was hard to love and his philosophy was capitalism, red in tooth and claw.

 

Born in December 1965, Colston-Hayter always had big ideas. The son of a university lecturer and solicitor, he was a video-game fanatic who set up three gaming businesses while at school in Buckinghamshire, one of which achieved a turnover of £1m before going bankrupt. By then, he had a lucrative career as a professional gambler. He liked to claim that he was Britain's second most successful blackjack player, so feared by casinos that he had to visit them in disguise. With his self-confidence, entrepreneurial brio and love of champagne and fine clothes, he would have made a fabulously obnoxious Apprentice candidate.

 

Colston-Hayter's gambling career coincided with the birth of acid house. By the time he left the casinos each night, flush with cash, most clubs were closed so he was drawn to the legendary Shoom, one of the first clubs to bring house music to Britain. In Altered State, Matthew Collin's account of the rise of rave culture, Shoom DJ/promoter Danny Rampling remembers Colston-Hayter coming down with an entourage and spending thousands of pounds in cash on champagne. This old-fashioned hooray-henry behaviour was antithetical to Shoom's underground cachet and DJ Steve Proctor said Colston-Hayter was regarded as "a loud dickhead, a laughing stock".

 

Snubbed by the hip crowd, Colston-Hayter envisioned a less cliquey, more democratic and more profitable version of acid house. "If you were a mod, a punk or a hippy, you lived those lifestyles, whereas this is a weekend youth culture," he told one interviewer. "A city banker can shed his suit, put on his dungarees, dance all Saturday night away." In August 1988, he began promoting his first events, called Apocalypse Now, and publicised them by inviting the News at Ten down to film the action. This exposure alerted the tabloids to the new world of acid house.

 

On 12 October, The Sun's Bizarre page cried, "It's groovy and cool – it's our Acid House T-shirt!" and invited readers to "raise your street cred with Bizarre's guide to acid house lingo". Three weeks later, spurred into a U-turn by the UK's first ecstasy deaths, the paper ran the headline "Shoot These Evil Acid Barons" and a cartoon showing a smiley-faced Lucifer dispatching innocent clubbers to the fires of hell. Colston-Hayter, who had renamed his company Sunrise, was outed as "Acid's Mr Big".

In the late 1980s young ravers flocked to parties such as Colston-Hayter’s Sunrise parties. Photograph: Samantha Williams/PYMCA /REX

 


Reply RaveReunited
5:33 PM on January 1, 2014 

Reply Alicia
5:03 PM on November 12, 2013 

Hey! I stumbled accross this site and these pics are great!! I'm a 4th year graphic design student making a book comparing EDM then & now, and would love if I could use some of the images without the watermark, and of course you will get the credit! 

If you could email me back asap that would be amazing!

Reply Tony
3:27 PM on October 30, 2013 

VICKY SMITH says...

I am a third year University student, studying fashion promotion with a keen interest in rave culture.  IF ANYONE HERE WENT TO THE HACIENDA IN THE 1990S OR LIVED IN MANCHESER IN THE 1990S, I would be soo00 greatful if you could answer a few quick questions I have for you!

I NEED AS MUCH INFORMATION AS I CAN FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WERE REALLY THERE! 

I would forever greatful.

please, please reply!

x



Hi Vicky, I went to The Haçienda regularly from 1984 onwards and I'll be happy to help.

Reply Sean
3:10 PM on October 30, 2013 

i went a fair few times, I'd like to help if I can

Reply VICKY SMITH
8:44 PM on October 28, 2013 

I am a third year University student, studying fashion promotion with a keen interest in rave culture.  IF ANYONE HERE WENT TO THE HACIENDA IN THE 1990S OR LIVED IN MANCHESER IN THE 1990S, I would be soo00 greatful if you could answer a few quick questions I have for you!

I NEED AS MUCH INFORMATION AS I CAN FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WERE REALLY THERE! 

I would forever greatful.


please, please reply!


x

Reply Branchy
8:00 AM on May 9, 2013 

This Saturday 11th May! @ The Crooked Billet, Stanford le Hope, Essex
Message us to get your tickets or
Call 07561337880 or 07835350163

Dustbin Dave ( Dave H ) - Ministry of Sound, has come out of reitrement!

Trance DJ glooke - Manchester

DJ Royal - JD's

Reply RaveReunited
4:13 PM on April 24, 2013 

hi lewis yes please x email me x


lewis says...

hi sam, my names lew. aka thegreengianthohoho on ebay ! 

wanna swap some scans ? i just 8 or 9. ft & bk and ill sort you a few hundred for your site. 

any preference on org or era you want ? 

lew

Reply lewis
11:47 AM on April 7, 2013 

hi sam, my names lew. aka thegreengianthohoho on ebay ! 

wanna swap some scans ? i just 8 or 9. ft & bk and ill sort you a few hundred for your site. 

any preference on org or era you want ? 


lew

Reply david common
10:15 AM on April 3, 2013 

keeping the rave alive me dj kutski rave heaven

Reply RaveReunited
6:05 PM on November 12, 2012 

garthy says...
Hi brilliant site! I was 16 in 93,+ went to various world dance do's at lydd what a time we had popping pills,+acid!! Wearing jeans,hodded tops + flight jackets,at the time I really felt I had a sense of belonging being a raver!.so glad I grew up in the 90s most lads in our area were either ravers or hip hoppers.looking back it was a musical youth revolution,just like the 60s with mods + rockers.so many fond memories. of what I can remember any way!! Was a bit of a blur!!.

Hey Garthy, Thank you xx yes will never be forgotten and we will keep it alive xx :)

Reply garthy
11:34 PM on November 10, 2012 
Hi brilliant site! I was 16 in 93,+ went to various world dance do's at lydd what a time we had popping pills,+acid!! Wearing jeans,hodded tops + flight jackets,at the time I really felt I had a sense of belonging being a raver!.so glad I grew up in the 90s most lads in our area were either ravers or hip hoppers.looking back it was a musical youth revolution,just like the 60s with mods + rockers. so many fond memories. of what I can remember any way!! Was a bit of a blur!!.
Reply david common
11:38 AM on August 2, 2012 

me dave the rave no1raver northeast legend rave heaven radio

Reply Sam
10:54 AM on June 20, 2012 


Reply david common
11:44 AM on June 12, 2012 

:)rave heaven northeast

Reply david common
10:39 AM on February 18, 2012 

RAVE HEAVEN I AM A RAVER ALL THE TIME DAVE THE RAVE NO1RAVER NORTHEAST LEGEND I LOVE HARDCORE RAVERS

Reply david common
10:44 AM on January 3, 2012 

rave heaven i am a raver all the time

Reply RaveReunited
3:17 AM on November 21, 2011 

Hi Stephen, it was brilliant .. take a look at the photos .. it was very special night a reunion at its best . Thanks for finding us !! :)

Sam

Stephen Curtis says...

Can't believe I've just missed the re-union last Friday night, came across this site only 30 mins ago - how was it.  Was at most of the M25 Orbitals and what fantastic memories, would of loved to have been with you all last Friday....

Reply david common
11:35 AM on November 8, 2011 

RAVE HEAVEN I AM A RAVER ALL THE TIME

Reply Stephen Curtis
11:42 AM on November 3, 2011 

Can't believe I've just missed the re-union last Friday night, came across this site only 30 mins ago - how was it.  Was at most of the M25 Orbitals and what fantastic memories, would of loved to have been with you all last Friday....

Reply david common
11:13 AM on October 5, 2011 

rave heaven i am a raver mix

Reply RaveReunited
7:14 PM on May 3, 2011 

hi paul, thank you so much for your words please email me ravereunited.co.uk then can talk to you properley :) xxx glad you like the site too xx

Paul Strads says...

Hi Sam, Really enjoyed the site, Dicky Vaughan told me about it so I checked it out and loved it. i was very sorry to hear that andy has passed over,it's a terrible shame. I don't know if you remember me but I remember you from many a do,I don't  think we talked much cos i was shy but I remember your face. I was Djing and had just escaped from the nut house when I met you guys through Dicky Vaughan, they were crazy days (litterally in my case). Much Love to you from Paul (dj Stradze)

Reply dave the rave
8:55 AM on May 3, 2011 

house of rave

Reply dave the rave
7:17 AM on March 17, 2011 

i go to deja vu in newcastle in sunderland i go to northern bounce hardcore crew

Reply Paul Strads
7:12 PM on March 13, 2011 

Hi Sam, Really enjoyed the site, Dicky Vaughan told me about it so I checked it out and loved it. i was very sorry to hear that andy has passed over,it's a terrible shame. I don't know if you remember me but I remember you from many a do,I don't  think we talked much cos i was shy but I remember your face. I was Djing and had just escaped from the nut house when I met you guys through Dicky Vaughan, they were crazy days (litterally in my case). Much Love to you from Paul (dj Stradze)

Reply irene
6:50 PM on February 7, 2011 

oh my god couldnt beleive all the wicked pics took me back to some wicked times i had down at labrynth so big thank you

Reply !_684Mccaffree _!
6:54 PM on January 29, 2011 
Really excited to be here, I've seen some good stuff on these boards. Hope I can contribute something of value!
Reply Inaminvarie
9:50 AM on January 28, 2011 
how are you, i found this place on
url=http://www.google.com says...
google
and i enjoy it so far :)
Reply sam
1:34 PM on January 21, 2011 

dave the rave says...

god blessed the crew in the house


god bless you dave :) big loves x

 

Reply dave the rave
10:11 AM on January 21, 2011 

god blessed the crew in the house

Reply dave the rave
7:36 AM on January 7, 2011 

no1raver northeast legend rave heaven i am a raver all the time i love my tune big shout out all the crew i love all god blessed you all

Reply Richard Stringer
1:41 PM on January 1, 2011 

This is dj teknovibe from boston, lincolnshire saying hello, I started raving in january 1993 and went to loads of raves every single weekend from 1993-2001. Raves like dreamscape every single time, die hard, pleaseuredome, helter skelter, slammin vinyl, united dance, fusion, pleaseuredome etc... I miss those days, people were more friendly, the hardcore was awesome and overall it was a better time.

Reply mikeiaj
5:24 AM on December 8, 2010 
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Reply girokonto kostenlos
7:21 PM on December 6, 2010 
I love browsing your site because you can constantly get us fresh and awesome things, I feel that I ought to at least say a thank you for your hard work. - Rob
Reply dave the rave
10:26 AM on December 1, 2010 

rave in the house

Reply dave the rave
11:12 AM on November 24, 2010 

big shout out MCs and DJs and RAVERS ALL OVER THE WORLD JESUS RAVE

Reply dave the rave
11:41 AM on November 16, 2010 

:)big shout all the crew all over the world jesus rave hardcore heaven god blessed the rave

Reply sam
11:20 AM on October 28, 2010 

nice one dave !! once a raver always a raver hey ;) Party ON!! x

Reply dave the rave
11:17 AM on October 28, 2010 

big shout out MCs and DJs and RAVERS ALL OVER THE WORLD I AM A RAVER ALL THE TIME RAVE HEAVEN

Reply DAVE THE RAVE
1:51 PM on October 20, 2010 

i am a raver rave heaven tunes hardcore till i die