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New print represents the early rave scene of Blackburn

A blueprint of Blackburn’s rave scene from 1988 to the 1990 has been released

  • Becky Buckle
  • 26 November 2021
New print represents the early rave scene of Blackburn

A new print named Blackburn Love Blueprint documents rave culture in the town in northern England.

Laid out on the footprint of the renowned Elwood Mill, the print tells the story of how small parties flourished throughout the town into warehouses and factories which resulted in the police initiate Operation Alkali closing the illegal raves.

Classic acid house tracks are also highlighted throughout the poster from artists such as, 808 State, A Guy Called Gerald, Sasha and Clitheroe Kate.

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This special edition screen print was created by Liverpool design studio Dorothy. It's designed especially for a new publication named Flashback: Parties for the People by the People from Rough Trade Books and Uncultured Creatives. The publication includes various stories from the acid house scene in Blackburn alongside reflecting on the post-industrial landscape of the time.

Designer Dorothy, used the Acid House Flashback website as a reference for the information and have also designed images such as their 2018 blueprint, Acid House Love Blueprint: A History Of Dance Music And Rave Culture featuring almost a 1000 key artists, venues, labels and promoters.

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You can get your hands on a copy here.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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