Sec­ond Sum­mer of Love

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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.

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