Second Summer of Love
For the DJs who came back from Ibiza in 1987 dreaming of a new Balearic England, the future was about more than drugs – or music. “The way I felt at that point,” recalled Danny Rampling, who started Shoom soon after his return, “was that the golden age was dawning, Aquarius was on us…” By the following summer, the parallels with San Francisco’s hippy Summer of Love two decades earlier were even more obvious. Paul Oakenfold based the flyers for his central London club night Spectrum on Grateful Dead posters while outside Nicky Holloway’s massive party The Trip, just up the Charing Cross Road, kids in flower-power shirts were frequently found dancing in the street. Much of the original idealism soon evaporated, but the party continued well into 1989. Some of the most enthusiastic new radicals were Scots duo The Shamen, who viewed their Synergy shows, in which a live set was integrated into DJ-led soundscapes, as a paradigm-shifting experiment. “It seemed like a glimpse of the entertainment-form of the future,” commented Colin Angus. And even if, like most British summers, it was over almost as soon as it began, the dance music experience would never be quite the same again.
Well, that’s one way to hail a cab: ravers take the party onto the London streets after a night at The Trip in 1988.