Inside London's Illegal Raves
We spoke to photographer Claire McIntyre about her pictures of east London's party people.
The Legendary 'Cave Raves' of the Acid House Era
We spoke to "Steely D", the man who organised the free parties in the Lake District quarry, and Matt Stokes, the artist who studied them.
Burial’s ‘Untrue’ Still Captures London in a Way Unmatched Since
The album’s story is one of loneliness, love, family, ghosts – it continues to sound like the city that birthed it, a decade later.
Why the Outsider Pride of M.I.A.'s ‘Kala’ Still Matters 10 Years Later
By lifting "global" sounds and dropping them into a club-friendly context, this album used sonic innovation to try smash down borders.
"Body Marbling" Is Body Painting's Trippy Cousin
This UV-reactive paint dip will turn your skin into a work of glowing art.
A Brief History of the Smiley Face, Rave Culture's Most Ubiquitous Symbol
The smiley in electronic music isn't merely cute—it's a symbol of defiance.
Meet the Man Who Owns Over 40,000 Rave Flyers
One person who doesn't mind being handed a stack of flyers at the end of the night.
This New Book Captures Rave Culture's Unsung Influence on the Art World
'RAVE: Rave and Its Influence on Art and Culture' is the latest vivid example of art for rave's sake.
Pop Art and Victorian Sign-Making Inspire Surreal Smiley Faces
Say cheese! Ryan Callanan interprets an emblem of UK rave culture in his latest show.
'Energy Flash' Exhibit Revives Rave Culture in Belgium
A celebration of all things rave provided a burst of energy at the Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp.
My Life As an Ecstasy Dealer On the 90s Club Circuit
Meet Carl "MC Flux" Thomas, a guy who bridged the gaps between football hooligan firms, neo-Nazis and ecstasy dealers in London and Brighton in the 90s.
Lessons from the Early Days of Ecstasy: British Club Culture Won't Die Unless We Let It
Remembering that, for all the thinkpieces, our clubs won't grow quiet as long as we care about them.
Gareth McConnell; Photos: Tom Wood