Joy Rave. Ashworth Valley, 1989 – Peter Walsh.


Exclusive to British Culture Archive from our 2020 exhibition ‘The People’s City’.

Joy Rave. Ashworth Valley, 1989 by Peter J Walsh. 

A3 Print on premium Fuji crystal archival paper.

An iconic image from one of the earliest outdoor Acid House rave’s in the UK.


Peter Walsh was immersed in Manchester’s club scene and was one of few who documented the UK’s Acid House explosion in the city. As well as his iconic images of Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub Peter also captured the spirit of the era as well as the faces, bands and fashions that graced the city during those pivotal years.

Peter initially began shooting for City Life magazine, Manchester’s equivalent of Time out in London. After photographing the Happy Mondays gig on Granada TV’s ‘The Other Side of Midnight’ he was asked to work for NME covering the North of England. He also began working regularly for The Face, ID, Mixmag and Muzik magazine.