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Boomtown :

The Blackburn Warehouse Parties 1989-1990

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Boomtown - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program

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 disused warehouses and units around the industrial backdrop of Blackburn.

Initially outwitting local authority 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 (Manchester’s Konspiracy nightclub being one) then travelling en masse in convoys consisting of Vauxhall Nova’s, Fiesta XR2’s and Escort XR3i’s (amongst other classic models favoured by the youth of the era) across to the various industrial estates around Blackburn. The parties rapidly ballooned from a couple of hundred local kids to thousands of party-goers from across the UK.

The early raves were a success and predominantly trouble free, however as the scale of the events got bigger so did the pressure on the Lancashire Police Force to get the parties shut down, police presence increased and a number of arrests were made.

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.

Boomtown - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Boomtown - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Boomtown - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Boomtown - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Boomtown - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Boomtown - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Boomtown - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Plan Voisin - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Plan Voisin
Luecke Farm - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Luecke Farm
Seattle Kingdome Demolition - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Seattle Kingdome Demolition
Punk Zines - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Punk Zines
Physalia physalis - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Physalia physalis
Metta World Peace - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Metta World Peace
O.J. Simpson Bronco Chase - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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O.J. Simpson Bronco Chase
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
Exploding Head Syndrome - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Exploding Head Syndrome
Evander Holyfield VS Mike Tyson - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Evander Holyfield VS Mike Tyson
Kalinin K-7 - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Kalinin K-7
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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La Guardia String Figures

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