A new print documenting rave culture in Blackburn from the late ’80s to the early ’90s is available now.
Following design studio Dorothy’s Acid House Love Blueprint, which featured a history of acid house mapped out on a 303 bass synthesizer, the new blueprint depicts Blackburn’s infamous party movement, on an imagined footprint of illegal venue, Ewood Mill.
“Blackburn Love Blueprint tells the story of how the underground party movement rapidly grew from the town’s first acid house club nights held in the autumn of 1988 at C’est la Vie and the Red Parrott, to the early parties of 1989 at Crackers, The Sett End and Goodfellow Cycles Bike Shop,” the press release reads. “Then, as the parties get bigger, the subsequent move into Blackburn’s warehouses and mills including Bubble Factory, Ewood Mill and Unit 7, where the parties start attracting more press coverage and police attention, resulting in the launch of Operation Alkkali, an attempt by the police to close the raves down.”
The print features pivotal individuals, collectives, and DJs from the movement, including Tommy Smith and Hardcore Uproar collective, Clitheroe Kate, DJ Gilly, Suddi Ravel, A Guy Called Gerald, 808 State, DJ Nipper and Sasha, and includes the names of essential Blackburn rave tracks.
You can purchase the prints for £35 / €42 here: https://www.wearedorothy.com/collections/blueprints/products/blackburn-love-blueprint-special-edition-for-rough-trade-books.