White gloves, whistles and dancing to the sound of Mr Kirk’s Nightmare...
During the late 1980s and early ‘90s, Bristol’s rave scene was bubbling with homegrown DJ’s, rappers, vocalists, producers and graffiti writers, and with crews like Smith & Mighty, Carlton, Wild Bunch, Prime Time (Tribe of One), Ladies Posse, Elusive Ploy, F.B.I Crew, UD4, DDT, Un Deux Trois, Fresh 4 / Subculture / EasyGroove, DEF CON, Sublove, Ruffneck Ting, Conscious Club, Full Cycle, More Rockers, Breakbeat Culture, Tokyo Sex Whale, Club Yeyo, UPA, On A Mission, 98 Proof, Versitility, Freakency… to name a few.
Parties engulfed the weekends, with ravers often heading in convoy along the M4/M5 corridor to warehouse parties in London, Brighton, the Midlands or to a field in Somerset where regular hosts Spiral Tribe took everyone to another dimension. There were also jam-packed Tribal Dance events at the Bath Pavilion and Bristol’s Mutant Dance hosted an array of free parties in the area.
The notorious pre-rave meeting place was the Hat & Feather Pub in Bath.
People drove for miles, walked along dirt tracks leaving cars parked up along country lanes all over the South West of England in different abandoned locations, all summer long.