The People's Archive | 90s Rave Scene

A selection of our crowdsourced archive highlighting the 90s Rave scene in the UK. 

Hackett's Nightclub. Blackpool, 1991.
Hackett's Nightclub. Blackpool, 1991. Photo © Darren/The People's Archive®
Photo © Darren/The People's Archive®
Hackett's Nightclub. Blackpool, 1991. Photo © Darren/The People's Archive®
Hackett's Nightclub, Blackpool, 1991.
Hackett's Nightclub. Blackpool, 1991. Photo © Darren/The People's Archive®
Hackett's Nightclub, Blackpool, 1991. Photo © Darren H/The People's Archive®
Hackett's Nightclub, Blackpool, 1991. Photo © Darren/The People's Archive®
Wigan Pier Nightclub, 1991.
Wigan Pier Nightclub, 1991. Photo © Darren H/The People's Archive®
The Chill out room at Wigan Pier Nightclub. Summer, 1992. Photo © Stephen Wells/The People's Archive®
The Chill out room at Wigan Pier Nightclub. Summer, 1992. Photo © Stephen Wells/The People's Archive®
Chilling on a Sunday afternoon. Newport, 1993.
Chilling on a Sunday afternoon. Newport, 1993. Photo © Tutti Oi/The People's Archive®
Chilling on a Sunday afternoon. Newport, 1993.
Chilling on a Sunday afternoon. Newport, 1993. Photo © Tutti Oi/The People's Archive®
Newport Ravers, early 1990s.
Newport Ravers, early 1990s. Photo © Tutti Oi/The People's Archive®
A free travellers party near Newport, Wales, 1991. Photo © Tutti Oi/The People's Archive®
A free travellers party near Newport, Wales, 1991. Photo © Tutti Oi/The People's Archive®

Darren ”After driving around all night in the Oxford area looking for the free travellers party, stopping to listen throughout, we had no luck. Then with daylight breaking, we headed back to Newport. It was then, we saw some like minded people who said another one was happening near by. We then stumbled across this free party under some forestry/woodlands shelter”

Bedroom Raver. Holloway, London, 1991.
Bedroom Raver. Holloway, North London, 1991. Photo © Hanna Chalmers/The People's Archive.

Hanna “This is 14 year old me in my bedroom in Holloway, North London, 1991, listening to pirate radio in from of my rave flyers. I liked to blast Rush FM and was always calling them up to do a shout out to my mates.”

Spondon, Derby, 1990s.
Spondon, Derby, 1990s. Photo © Anthony Shapcott/The People's Archive®

Anthony: “With my brother on the Playstation back in the day. The Bedroom wall plastered with rave flyers from the likes of Fantazia and Amnesia House. We were both ravers six years apart”.

Heading to the Pleasuredrome. Farnworth, Bolton, 1991.
Heading to the Pleasuredrome. Farnworth, Bolton, 1991. Photo © Andrew Sanson/The People's Archive®

Andrew “Myself and two of my best pals who I grew up with. We were massively into the dance and rave scene right from the very start. Great memories and times spent travelling around the North to the popular clubs back then. We spent the entire week looking forward to the weekend and deciding where to go – always wanted to be in three places at once as there was so much going on. Great times being young during a fantastic scene. This was taken enroute to the Pleasuredrome in Farnworth, Bolton, 1991.”

Blackburn Warehouse parties.
Letter from West Yorkshire Police after an arrest at a Warehouse Party in Gildersome. Photo © The People's Archive®

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