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best rave videos on yotube

All week on FACT, we’re celebrating #RaveWeek. Following a FACT mix and revealing interview from pioneering Detroit techno producer Kevin Saunderson, the long-awaited sequel to Joe Muggs’ Rubbish Raver memoir, interviews with Terry Farley and Jerome Hill, and rundowns of the greatest ever rave tapeshappy hardcore records and more, we tapped FACT’s Antony Hill for a round-up of the 20 best rave videos on the internet.

Dance like no one’s watching, they said.  Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how heavy a gurn you were sporting at the time), people were watching – and even worse, they were filming. It’s not just today’s generation who like shoving a camera in your face when you’re off your head – the halcyon days of rave have also been thoroughly documented through fan footage, documentaries, and yes, hilariously off-point news reports.

The key difference though, is although the cameras were there, the generation being filmed were more naive: both in their genuine excitement at being on the cusp of a new world of music and drugs, and in their reaction to cameras – put simply, this is a generation before well-practised camera faces, and certainly before fucking selfies.

In celebration of this, we asked one of FACT’s resident rave experts Antony Hill for his favourite 20 rave videos. From late ’80s documentaries to fan footage of long-discontinued raves, each and every one of them is a treat. All blurbs come courtesy of the retired ravers in the YouTube comment section – as pointed out in the past, they’re forever a bastion of positivity.

BBC News report on acid house, 1988

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US News report on acid house, 1988

Featuring Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, The Pet Shop Boys’ Chris Lowe and, bizarrely, Samantha Fox.

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We Called It Acid, ITV mini-documentary, 1988

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Sunrise & Back to the Future, 1989

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Summer of Rave, BBC documentary charting the development of rave music in the summer of 1989

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Quadrant Park going mental to N-Joi’s ‘Anthem’, Liverpool, 1990

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New Year’s Eve at The Hacienda, Manchester, 1991

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Pandemonium Andromeda, Telford Ice Rink, 1991

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Fantazia Summertime, Bournemouth, 1992

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Fantazia One Step Beyond, Castle Donington, 1992

25,000 people, Fantazia’s largest and longest ever rave.

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Rave, BBC house music documentary, 1992

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Shelley’s Laserdome, Stoke-on-Trent, 1992

The infamous club where Sasha started off, and the home of Altern-8’s infamous car park PA.

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The Cook Report on raves and ecstasy, ITV, 1992

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ITV Central News report on Castlemorton, the longest and largest ever illegal rave, 1992

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BBC 2 documentary on ecstasy and Shelley’s Laserdome, 1993

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E is for Ecstasy documentary, 1992

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Universe presents Tribal Gathering, 1993

One of the UK’s key rave organisers packs 30,000 people into a farm in Wiltshire.

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The Criminal Justice Bill March, June 1994

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Richie Hawtin and more at legendary techno club Orbit, Leeds

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