Glue / Bicep / Joe Wilson / 2017
Like the song does so well, I wanted to pay homage to the ‘golden era’ of UK rave. Raves are synonymous with remote fields and big warehouses so I thought why not revisit those places? Instead of being packed with thousands of ravers however, they are empty and desolate with little evidence of the history created and the experiences shared. The internet is filled with incredible archive footage from the period but I wanted to create a video that was almost the antithesis to that home video style, with the use of still landscape images to allow for reflection and contemplation. To contextualise the images and paint a picture of the importance of these spaces on UK music culture I thought it would be fun to interject comments I found on YouTube from people who were there.
All the locations are sites of original raves from the late ‘80s until the mid ‘90s. The promotors at the time had to be really inventive with their choice of venue in order to avoid being shutdown by the police so it led to a departure of club type spaces in city centres and a move into more obscure locations. I found out where many of the events took place using anecdotal evidence online, old rave flyers and speaking to people who attended, and then drove around filming them. An abandoned lido in Margate, remote airfields and half demolished industrial estates all form an unlikely collection of historical music venues. Despite having never been to most of the places before I couldn’t help but imagine what it would have been like when filled with sound systems and bucket hats. ➡︎
◼︎ Joe Wilson’s latest film pays homage to the ‘golden era’ of UK rave / Bryony Stone / It's Nice That / 2017