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Boomtown | The Blackburn Warehouse Parties 1989-1990.

Back in the late eighties when acid house found it’s way into UK club culture a group of like minded friends and associates, who disenchanted by the lack of scene and dominance of commercial nightclubs in their hometown decided to put on their own events, mainly in old disused warehouses and units around the industrial backdrop of Blackburn.

Initially the events were promoted to people in the know via word of mouth – flyers were often given out with a contact number to be called for rendezvous points and further instructions, often meeting in distant towns and cities across the North and travelling en masse in convoys to the various industrial estates around Blackburn. The parties rapidly ballooned from a couple of hundred locals to thousands of likeminded youths from across the UK.

Convoys of ravers start arriving at Live The Dream, Tockholes, September, 1989. Photo © Lancashire Telegraph.

The early raves were a success and predominantly trouble free, though as the scale of the events got bigger so did the pressure on Lancashire Police to get the parties shut down.

One of the last big events was ‘Live The Dream’ in Tockholes, an all-nighter that took place in September 1989, which saw in excess of 10000 people attend.

The images below provide a good insight to these times, a magical and non-pretentious era of dance music and rave culture that went onto inspire a generation of club promotors, musicians and DJs alike.


ll the above images have been used by permission of the Lancashire Telegraph. The images were taken from the following article: Blackburn’s acid house raves remembered


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